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With MEF and QSTP, Qtel is working toward building a cellular innovation hub for the region

In 2009, the Qtel Group was welcomed as the newest member of the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) – EMEA chapter, which is designed to accelerate mobile media innovation across the MENA region and Asia. In the same year, Qtel signed a memorandum of understanding with Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) to establish the first mobile innovation ecosystem for the MENA region.

“The mobile media industry is evolving rapidly. End-users today like to be up-to-date with the latest in mobile entertainment, and exchange information on the move. Qtel is accelerating innovation to bring customers new experiences at work, home and play. This is reinforced as we become a member of MEF and work closely with QSTP,” says CEO Dr. Nasser Marafih. “This, in turn, will create new partnership opportunities for companies involved in content, applications, Internet and social networking.”

Moving towards its 2020 vision and in order to reassure its rapidly growing presence in the Southeast Asian region, the Qtel Group has opened an office in Singapore to enhance the level of support for its operations in the region. Moreover, this office will also play a crucial role in knowledge exchange, developing opportunities and realizing synergies of the Qtel Group family in that region.

A key contribution is also likely to come from its already strong presence in Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, with over 240 million potential customers. n

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