Infovista, leader in modern network performance, announced the launch of its service assurance solution at MEF19. VistaInsight is dedicated to increasing business agility and interoperability in hybrid networks, while leading organizations through digital transformation. In an exclusive interview, Andy Asava, EVP Global Networks spoke with Telecom Review about the importance of knowing your business model, creating a solution that adds value to the customer and creating monetization.

Read more: Infovista executive highlights importance of monetizing network coverage

It is an interesting time for open source solution providers. The technology is gaining more and more momentum as the world gets a better understanding of how it actually functions and how secure it is. In an interview with Telecom Review, Adrian Pickering, regional GM, MENA, Red Hat, highlighted Red Hat’s large experience in terms of open source solutions and gave us insight into how such solutions can help achieve digital transformation.

Read more: In one way or another, Red Hat is all about open source

Etisalat Group today is present in 16 countries with 148 million customers spread across Middle East, Africa and Asia. In all the markets, Etisalat has set a benchmark by leading the way in the network, technology and services. This was mainly due to its efforts in aligning with its vision of ‘Driving the Digital Future to Empower Societies’. At a group level, the company also adopted the ‘CODERS’ strategy to focus on its priorities, direction and ambition. Telecom Review sat down with Hatem Bamatraf, chief technology officer, Etisalat Group, to explain the strategy and how new technologies are aligned with this vision.

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Telecom Operators

Etihad Etisalat “Mobily” has announced the appointment of a new chief financial officer, Khaled Abanami, who will succeed Kais Ben Hamida.

“Mobily seeks to attract highly qualified Saudis to bolster its position and leadership in the ICT sector. This appointment underscores the company's keenness to strive to empower national talent to lead the company's key roles,” commented Mobily CEO, Eng. Salman Albadran.

Albadran added that Abanami enjoys a vast experience in leading finance functions with extensive knowledge in the telecom sector, financial restructuring, finance, cost reduction, IFRS implementation, and digital transformation. Albadran is confident that Abanami will be a strong asset to Mobily helping lead the company towards its next phase of growth and value creation.

Khaled Abanami has over 22 years of professional and academic experience. He was appointed as a finance lecturer at the College of Business Administration in King Saud University in 1996. He then moved to build his experience in the telecom sector at STC where he held a number of senior positions at the Group level and its Viva Kuwait subsidiary. At Viva, Abanmai led the finance, logistics, facility management, procurement and contracts teams during the company’s establishment phase. In 2013, he became the CFO and acting VP shared services at Saudi Railway Company. Previously, he was the financial controller at the National Water Company where he managed the consolidation, budgeting and planning of the company.

Khalid was an honor student at King Saud University - College of Business Administration and holds an MBA from Sam Walton College of Business University of Arkansas.
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