President and Group CEO of Malaysia’s leading telecom group Axiata Berhad Dato’ Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim has received the 2015 GSMA Chairman’s Award. According to a message received from Barcelona, Dato Jamal was given the prestigious award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of mobile communications around the world. Since 1996, the award is given during the Mobile World Congress that takes place in the Spanish city every year. It may be mentioned that Axiata is the parent company of Robi, a leading mobile operator in Bangladesh.
Presenting the award to Dato’ Sri Jamaludin at a special ceremony, GSMA Chairman Jon Fredrik Baksaas commented, “On behalf of the GSMA, I congratulate Jamal on winning the Chairman’s Award. This award highlights Jamal’s outstanding leadership, commitment and significant achievements in growing and advancing the value of mobile communications across Asia, particularly Axiata’s role in driving the rollout of mobile broadband across the region. It also recognises Axiata’s long-standing support of GSMA programmes such as Green Power for Mobile, Connected Women, mHealth and Mobile Connect, among many others. Further, Jamal’s representation on the GSMA Board and service as GSMA Deputy Chair has been particularly valuable.”
“I am very honoured to receive this prestigious award,” said Dato’ Sri Jamaludin. “Axiata has always been focused on staying ahead of the curve, quickly adapting to change and positioning our business model to capitalise on the developments in an increasingly digitalised world. As important, through our ‘Advancing Asia’ initiative, we are committed to our role as a responsible corporate citizen, to make a difference to people’s lives and help transform the countries in which we operate.”
Under Dato’ Sri Jamaludin, Axiata has grown to become one of Asia’s largest mobile networks, which spans eight countries and serves over 250 million subscribers. Revenue for Axiata Group has more than doubled since demerger to reach USD5.8 billion and market capitalisation has doubled since IPO to USD18.7 Billion
“This is really a collective award. It is a reflection of the great team I have and it is their dedication and excellence that has earned this honor for our company” concluded Dato’ Sri Jamaludin
Axiata is one of the largest Asian telecommunications companies. Axiata has controlling interests in mobile operators in Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Cambodia with significant strategic stakes in India and Singapore. In addition, the Malaysian grown holding company has a stake in non-mobile telecommunication operations in Pakistan.
The Group’s mobile subsidiaries and associates operate under the brand name ‘Celcom’ in Malaysia, ‘XL’ in Indonesia, ‘Dialog’ in Sri Lanka, ‘Robi’ in Bangladesh, ‘Smart’ in Cambodia, ‘Idea’ in India and ‘M1’ in Singapore.
The Group, including its subsidiaries and associates, has over 250 million mobile subscribers in Asia. The Group revenue for 2014 was RM18.7 billion. The Group provides employment to over 20,000 people across Asia. Axiata’s vision is to be a regional champion by 2015 by piecing together the best throughout the region in connectivity, technology and talent, uniting them towards a single goal: Advancing Asia.
Axiata was awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Asia Pacific ICT Award for Best Telecom Group and the Telecom Asia Best Regional Mobile Group 2010 and 2011 for its operations in multiple Asian markets.
About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.
About Robi Axiata Ltd:
Robi Axiata Limited is a joint venture between Axiata Group Berhad, of Malaysia and NTT DoCoMo Inc, of Japan. Robi is the second largest mobile phone operator in Bangladesh in terms of revenue, with over 25 million subscribers, as of December 2014. Robi network provides nationwide coverage to nearly 99% of the population with more than 11,200 BTS and over 2,400 3.5G sites. Robi proudly claims to have the widest international roaming service in the market, connecting over 600 operators across 200 countries. It is also the first operator to introduce GPRS and 3.5G services in Bangladesh. The Company has introduced many first of its kind digital services in the country and has invested heavily in taking mobile financial services to the underserved communities in the rural and semi-urban areas.