31/10/2013 آسياسيل تتسلم كتاب شكر وتقدير من وزارة البيئة
- يمكن لكل خط فرعي/موظف أن يكون له رقم فعلى خاص لمكتبه حيث يمكن الاتصال به مباشرة من أى شبكة، و ايضا الاتصال من نفس الرقم.
- لن تفوت الموظف أبداً أي مكالمة بفضل هذه الميزة المبتكرة التي ستسمح لكل من رقم مكتب الموظف وهاتفه المتنقل بتلقي المكالمة في ذات الوقت لحظة تلقي هذه المكالمة على رقم مكتبه.
- في حال لم يكن لدى بدالة شركة المشترك ميزة الخدمات الصوتية الآليه، فإن تقنية e-Gate يمكن أن توفّر شجرة متكاملة للخدمات الصوتية.
- الحلّ المثالي للشركات التي تملك أكثر من قسم واحد وفرق عمل مختلفة مثل قسم المبيعات و الدعم الفنى والتسويق.
- بإمكان النظام تسجيل المكالمات ولغاية 20 مكالمة في نفس الوقت.
- يمكن تفعيل هذه الميزة تلقائياً (ليتم تسجيل جميع المكالمات تلقائياً) أو من خلال الضغط على زر محدد فى هاتف مكتب المشترك.
- عندما يتم إجراء مكالمة من قبل النظام بواسطة أي رقم فرعي لكن دون تلقي ردّ عليها فإن نظام آسياسيل سيقوم بطريقة تلقائية بإرسال رسالة قصيرة إلى ذلك الرقم بنص مصمّم مسبقاً من اختيارالمشترك.
- The offer period for Iraq’s first ever mass share offer is now closed to investors
- However, opportunities to purchase shares will follow post-offering
- The price of the share offer was set IQD 22 per share implying a market capitalisation of $4.9 billion
- The offering raised $1.220 billion, representing 25% of its share capital
- The fully subscribed share offer evidenced high demand from Iraqi, Middle Eastern and international investors
- Asiacell is the largest share offer of all time in Iraq and the biggest equity offering in the Middle East since 2008
- Trading in the shares of Asiacell on ISX, under the ticker TASC
- The appointment of Mr Faruk Mustafa Rasool as the President of the General Assembly.
- The approval of the process and associated costs of the Company’s conversion from a private limited liability company to a private joint stock company.
- The appointment of an external auditor
The appointment of the following board members for a term of three years:
- - Faruk Mustafa Rasool
- - Omar Hussein
- - Hiwa Rauf
- - Dr.Nasser Mohamed Abdullah Marafih
- - Sheikh Abdulrahman Bin Mubarak Al Thani
- - Fadi Ghandour
- - Ajay Bahari
- How to get the PUK code.
- GPRS service.
- MMS service.
- International calls prices.
- Missed call notification.
- Point of sales addresses.
- Asiacell’s offers.
- The validity of the free minutes is 14 days.
- The free minutes will be received after 24 hours from the time of recharge.
- Lines that are disconnected during the promotion period will not be eligible to get the bonus.
- The offer is not valid for (Asiacell staff line, Data line, Hala line, Teacher line, and Atabat line).
- Subscription SMS price is IQD 100
- To check the free credit *133#.
- The validity of the free credit is 14 days from the recharge date.
- The free credit can be used for On-net calls.
- This offer is not applicable to Teacher line and Golden line.
- Copy of civil status identity card.
- Copy of food ration card.
- 2 personal Photos of (6x4) size.
- Service monthly fee is IQD1000.
- Melody fee is IQD500.
- For activation dial (300) and follow the instructions or send 1 to 300.
- The first free credit can be used for On-net, off- net and International calls and SMS.
- The second monthly free credit till the sixth is used only for on-net calls.
- The validity of the second monthly free credit till the sixth is 30 days from the date of receiving it.
- This offer is applicable for all new prepaid lines, Youth line, and Golden line.
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السليمانية ـ تشرين الاول 2013: ضمن سلسلة رسائل الشكر والتقدير التي تسلمتها آسياسيل من قبل مؤسسات وجهات مختلفة، تؤكد فيها على الدور الفاعل التي تلعبها الشركة في خدمة المجتمع العراقي، استلمت شركتنا كتاب شكر وتقدير من معالي وزير البيئة في الحكومة العراقية الاستاذ "سركون لازار صليو" وذلك تثميناً لالتزام الشركة بالمحددات البيئة والتعليمات الصادرة من قبل الوزارة.
هذا وقد شكلت آسياسيل لجنة علمية متخصصة بضرورة مراعاة المعايير الدولية في تصميم ونصب محطات وأبراج الاتصالات الخاصة بالهاتف النقال من اجل حماية المواطنين من تأثيرات الاشعة الراديوية الناتجة عن الابراج ومحطات الارسال من جهة، وعملها لتحقيق الامثلية في تبني المعايير العلمية والمتبعة دوليا في التعامل مع ابراجها والالتزام الكامل بالقوانين والتعليمات الصادرة من قبل وزارة البيئة من جهة أخرى.
تضمنت رسالة معالي وزير البيئة العراقي "يسرنا ان نقدم لكم شكرنا وتقديرنا العاليين تثمينا لجهودكم المبذولة وتنفيذكم التعليمات البيئية والتزام شركتكم بالمحددات البيئة. آملين الاستمرار بهذه الروحية متمنين لكم دوام الموفقية والنجاح."
يذكر ان آسياسيل نالت احتراما وتقديرا جماهيريا كبيرا مقابل ما تقوم بها ضمن برامجها في مجال المسؤولية الاجتماعية للشركات بما فيها مراعاة ضمان بيئة صحية وسليمة للمواطنين والالتزام بتعليمات وزارة البيئة.
و ردا على رسالة معالي وزير البيئة العراقي، صرح "فاروق مصطفى رسول" رئيس مجلس ادارة شركة آسياسيل قائلا "يسعدنا أن نقدم دعمنا المادي والمعنوي لوزارة البيئة، آملين أن نكون قد ساهمنا في نشر روح الالتزام بالقوانين الصادرة عنها ومن ثم ضمان بيئة سليمة للمواطن العراقي".
كؤمثانيايةكى ثيَشةنطة لةبوارى ثيَشكةشكردنى خزمةتطوزاريى مؤبايل بة كواليتييةكى بةرز لة عيَراقدا، لة هةنطاويَكي كةم ويَنةدا هيَلَى خةلآت ثيَشكةشى دانيشتوانى ثاريَزطاكانى هةوليَر و دهؤك دةكات كة ضةندين تايبةتمةندي لةخؤدةطريَت و سوودي زؤر بة بةشداربووان دةطةيةنيَت.
هيَلَى خةلآت لة ئاسياسيَلَةوة ضةند تايبةتمةندييةكى ناياب لةخؤ دةطريَت و داشكاندنةكان دةطاتة ئاستى ئينتةرنيَت و ثةيوةندي بىَ بةرامبةر. ثةيوةنديكردن بؤ سةرجةم تؤرِةكان بةنرخي 1 دينار و 100 فلس بؤ يةك ضركة (66 دينار\دةقيقة)، هةروةها بةشداربوو لةهيَلَى خةلآت دةتوانيَت لة 12ى شةو تا 8ى بةيانى بىَ بةرامبةر قسة بكات تةنها بة يةك جار بةشداريكردن بة ناردنى نامةيةكى بةتالَ بؤ (282) بةنرخي 1000 دينار.
بةشداربوو دةتوانيَت سوود لة بةكارهيَنانى ئينتةرنيَتى بىَ بةرامبةر وةربطريَت بؤ ماوةي 3 مانط، تةنها بة يةكجار سليَمانى – تشريني يةكةمى 2013: كؤمثانياى ئاسياسيَلَ (هاوبةشى – تايبةت "TASC") كة
بةشداري كردن بة ناردني نامةيةكي بةتالَ بوَ (3064) بة نرخي 1,200 دينار. داشكاندنى ناياب كة دةطاتة 50% بؤ سةرجةم ثةيوةنديية نيَودةولَةتييةكان.
هاولآتييانى ثاريَزطاي هةوليَر (شاري هةوليَر، مةخمور، شةقلآوة، خةبات، سوَران، ضوَمان و رةواندوز) و لة ثاريَزطاي دهوَك (شاري دهوَك، سيميَلَ، زاخوَ، ئاكريَ، ئاميَدي، شيَخان، بةردةرةش) دةتوانن لة هيَلَى خةلآت و تايبةتمةندييةكانى سوودمةندبن.
هيَلَي خةلآت دةستثيَشخةرييةكي نويَي ئاسياسيَلَة بؤ هاولآتياني هةردوو ثاريَزطاي هةوليَر و دهؤك تا بتوانن سوودمةند بن لة باشترين و ثيَشكةوتووترين خزمةتطوزارييةكاني ئاسياسيَلَ بة كةمترين نرخ و تيَضوون.
دةربارةى ئةم بةرهةمة نويَية، زرنط فاروق، جيَطرى بةرِيَوةبةرى جيَبةجيَكار لة ئاسياسيَلَ رايطةياند "هيَلَى خةلآت بةرهةميَكى ترى نويَى ئاسياسيَلَة كة زؤر تايبةتمةندى نايابي هةية و وةك خةلآتيَك ثيَشكةشى هاولآتيانى ثاريَزطاكانى هةوليَر و دهؤك دةكريَت."
زرنط ئاماذةى بةوةشدا "ثيَشتر هيَلَى (زيَرِين) مان ثيَشكةشى هاولآتيانى ئةو ناوضانة كردبوو، لة ئيَستاشدا بةشداربووانى هيَلَى زيَرِين دةتوانن سوودمةندبن لة تايبةتمةندييةكانى هيَلَى خةلآت تةنها بة ناردنى نامةيةكى بةتالَى بىَ بةرامبةر بؤ ذمارة (3012) هيَلَةكانيان بطؤرِن بؤ خةلآت."
جيَطرى بةرِيَوةبةرى جيَبةجيَكار وتيشي"هيَلَى خةلآت بةلَطةيةكى ترة ئةوة دةسةلميَنيَت كة ئاسياسيَلَ وةك هةميشة لة ثيَشةنطيدا دةميَنيَتةوة بؤ ثيَشكةشكردنى باشترين و نايابترين بةرهةم و خزمةتطوزارى بةبةشداربووةكانى."
In Another Pioneering Achievement
Asiacell Nominated For WCA 2013 Award
Sulaimanyah, Iraq - ASIACELL COMMUNICATIONS PJSC (“Asiacell”, Ticker: “TASC” on the Iraq Stock Exchange), a leading provider of quality mobile telecommunications services in Iraq, announced that it has been selected as a finalist for the first time by WCA 2013. Asiacell was shortlisted in the "Best Mobile Operator in A Developing Market” category. Asiacell, the only Iraqi firm nominated, will proudly represent Iraq along some of the prestigious innovators of the technology industry such as Orange
Tata Communications, Vodafone, AT&T and others which are also nominated.
By selecting Asiacell as a finalist, the WCA 2013 has recognized the groundbreaking and innovative approach displayed by Asiacell in providing what is needed in the mobile communication services to the Iraqi market.
This exceptional recognition from WCA is a reward for the contribution Asiacell played over the past decade in constantly bringing innovations to the Iraqi people, and as such becoming a catalyst of the spectacular growth the country is experiencing.
"This award is an important recognition of the innovation and imagination that Asiacell is delivering to its customers. We thank the WCA for this nomination, and we look forward to continuing our work to provide state-of-the-art products and services and quality cellular network to our customers", said Faruk Mustafa Rasool, Asiacell Chairman. "Asiacell has received in the past valuable awards in different fields and this current nomination which we hope to win, will add value to our mission and encourages us to do our utmost in our business", Added Rasool.
More than 10 million Asiacell subscribers reap benefits from Ericsson Charging & Billing in One
Following the conclusion of a three-year agreement last year, Iraq operator Asiacell (Ticker: “TASC” on the Iraq Stock Exchange) has introduced services utilizing Ericsson’s (NASDAQ: ERIC) innovative Charging & Billing in One (CBiO) solution. As part of the agreement, Ericsson has provided business transformation consultancy services and systems integration services that have resulted in new offerings for Asiacell subscribers.
CBiO gives Asiacell the flexibility required to deliver innovative cross-service bundles and packages that meet their subscribers’ expectations of convenience and simplicity. Subscribers are therefore able to enjoy a wide range of services and greater control over how they pay for services, with a clear breakdown of what they are paying for as well real-time charging and spending control.
“As a leading operator offering nationwide coverage in Iraq, we consider it our duty to ensure that the more than 10.5 million subscribers who have put their trust in us are provided with the best possible communication services and a wide range of offerings,” says Mohamed Baban, Aciacell CTO. “By utilizing CBiO we have ensured that we are able to continue to offer our customers these flexible and innovative services while maintaining transparent billing.”
Ericsson’s solution combines industry-leading expertise, experiences and charging and billing products with the company’s extensive knowledge of pre-paid and post-paid markets. The result is a solution that allows operators to provide a wide range of packages and services to subscribers, while maintaining simple billing and control.
“Customers expect transparency, flexibility and a customized experience from their operators and Asiacell’s ability to provide this kind of service will contribute immensely to customer loyalty,” says Anders Lindblad, President of Ericsson Middle East Region. “Together with Asiacell, we realized the importance of a business transformation approach to create an end-to-end real-time revenue management environment. The solution provides the flexibility needed to deliver multiservice offerings that meet customer expectations of convenience and simplicity.”
Ericsson’s partnership with Asiacell began last year when the two companies signed the initial three-year agreement. The Iraq-based operator is a leading provider of mobile telecommunications services in the country. Asiacell was the first mobile telecommunications provider in Iraq to achieve nationwide coverage, offering its services across all of Iraq’s 18 governorates – including the national capital Baghdad and all other major Iraqi cities.
السليمانية ـ ايلول 2013: ضمن سلسلة رسائل الشكر والتقدير التي تسلمتها من قبل مؤسسات وجهات مختلفة، والتي تؤكد على الدور الفاعل الذي تلعبه في خدمة المجتمع المحلي العراقي بكافة نواحيه، تسلّم شركة آسياسيل، كتاب شكر وتقدير من السيد نصار الربيعي وزير العمل و الشؤون الاجتماعية في الحكومة العراقية، وذلك تثميناً لدعم آسياسيل للوحدات التابعة لدائرة رعاية ذوي الاحتياجات الخاصة.
وجاءت في الرسالة "نود أن نعبر لكم عن خالص شكرنا لمبادرتكم الكريمة بتجهيز الوحدات التابعة لدائرة رعاية ذوي الاحتياجات الخاصة بخمسة سيارات نقل. بما يساهم في تفعيل الدور الاجتماعي للشركات الاهلية في دعم و مؤازرة الخدمات الجليلة التي تقدمها دوائر الوزارة لمختلف الفئات الاجتماعية. متمنين لشركتكم الموقرة المزيد من النجاح."
يذكر ان آسياسيل نالت تأييدا جماهيريا كبيرا مقابل ما تقوم بها ضمن برامجها في مجال المسؤولية الاجتماعية للشركات. آسياسيل تتمتع باستراتيجية واضحة و جدية لتأدية واجبها في دعم المجتمع العراقي بكل فئاته.
وتعليقاً على هذا الشأن، قال فاروق مصطفى رسول، رئيس مجلس ادارة آسياسيل "يسعدنا أن نقدم دعمنا المادي و المعنوي لذوي الاحتياجات الخاصة في بلدنا العزيز."
و أضاف رسول قائلا :"نشكر معالي وزير العمل و الشؤون الاجتماعية الاستاذ نصار الربيعي لرسالته القيمة و نحن بدورنا نبذل قصارى جهدنا للمساهمة في خدمة مجتمعنا و مواطنينا الشرفاء و خصوصا فئة ذوي الاحتياجات الخاصة و تأمين مستلزماتهم."
Sulaimanya, Iraq – Asiacell, a leading provider of quality mobile telecommunications services in Iraq, announced its participation and support for BYND2015 Global Youth Summit which is an initiative of International telecommunication Union (ITU), the specialized agency of the United Nations. Some 500 youth from around the world will converge on San José, Costa Rica, for the Global Youth Summit that will take place, 9-11 September 2013.
The summit is led by young people around the world to assess and discuss the key concerns of young people in the post-2015 era. With the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals drawing near, global leaders are preparing to review the process and prepare for future development priorities.
“Asiacell delegation comprised in 4 persons and will represent Iraq in the summit where it’s expected to convey the ideas of Iraqi youth to the world” said abdulla Hassan, Asiacell public relations head.
“ young people can lend their collective voice to the world and contribute in changing the world through generating a fresh look at possible solutions to meet the global concerns and challenges that face humanity today and in the future”. Stated Hassan.
BYND 2015 is the global event where the youth of the world can express themselves. It is an opportunity for all of us to listen to the citizens and leaders of the future.
Sulaimanya, Iraq - ASIACELL COMMUNICATIONS PJSC (“Asiacell”, Ticker: “TASC” on the Iraq Stock Exchange) announced today the selection of Mr. Amer Al Sunna as the new Chief Executive Officer.
Asiacell, which is listed on Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) and recently completed the largest IPO in Middle East since 2008 successfully, its network covers almost %97 of country’s populated areas along with prominent achievements under the leadership of its chairman and founder Faruk Rasool and ex- CEO, Dr. Diar Ahmed.
Amer Al Sunna will be a great asset to Asiacell and we are confident he will hit the ground running,” said Faruk Mustafa Rasool, Asiacell chairman. “We are positive that his vast experience, knowledge and understanding of the issues important to our business and telecom industry will help continue the success of our operation and ensure our success well into the future”.
Amer Sunna joined the Ooredoo family as Chief Executive Officer of wi-tribe Jordan in August of 2010; while in August 2011 he was appointed as Chief Operating Advisor of wi-tribe Philippines, as of February 2013 he is the Managing Director of Asiacell Iraq.
He brings with him 20 years of experience dedicated to the improvement of customer experience in telecommunications through a number of executive positions at various high profile organizations.
Sunna, who carries a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Jordan University, was the CEO of three specialized telecommunication and internet services companies owned by VTEL Holdings in the Commonwealth of Independent States region (Ukraine, Armenia and Georgia) and the Group Chief Operations Officer (COO) at Orange and has played a vital role in shaping the telecommunications sector in Jordan.
“Asiacell will continue to play a key role for shaping the telecom market in Iraq,” said Sunna. “I am deeply thankful to our Chairman and Board of Directors for their trust and confidence. It brings me great honor to be appointed as the CEO of one of the leading and most reputable companies in the region. I am looking forward to working closely with Asiacell team; I will certainly do my utmost in leading Asiacell to achieving all our stakeholders’ expectations”.
Outgoing CEO Dr. Diar Ahmed who served in his position for almost 6 years will remains serving the company as Chief Advisor to the Chairman.
السليمانية – العراق: تزف شركة آسياسيل لمشتركيها بشرى خدمتها الجديدة المتمثلة بالانتقال من نظامها القديم للدفع المسبق الى نظامها الجديد لشركة اريكسون.
نظام اريكسون الجديد ومن خلال مواكبته لآخر التطورات التكنلوجية يقدم خدمات إضافية ووضع حلول سريعة للمشتركين.
ان الانتقال من النظام القديم الى نظام اريكسون الجديد جاء بعد ابرام شركة آسياسيل عقداً مع شركة اريكسون في سبتمبر من العام الماضي ولمدة ثلاث سنوات.
حول النظام الجديد صرح محمد بابان، مدير عام التكنولوجيا في آسياسيل "ان آسياسيل تبقى وكما عاهدت مشتركيها بان تبقى السَّباقة في تقديم اخر التطورات التكنولوجية بغرض تقديم الأفضل لمشتركيها. وان الخدمة الجديدة تقدم الحلول السريعة والمتطورة للمشتركين والتي تتناسب وتواكب التطورات الجديدة من جهة، وتوفر الأفضل والاحدث والاسرع للاحتياجات اليومية للمشتركين من جهة اخرى."
من جانبه، قال أندرش ليندبلاد، رئيس شركة إريكسون لمنطقة الشرق الأوسط "نتطلع لرؤية عالم يكون فيه كل شيء قابل للاتصال بالإنترنت متصلاً، الأمر الذي سيوجد شبكة إنترنت فائقة التعقيد تجمع بين التكنولوجيا والخدمات والشراكات والعملاء والتي ستحتاج إلى إدارة فعالة من قبل شركات الاتصالات لكي تتمكن من تحقيق الإيرادات المرجوة. وسيوفر نظام الفوترة المبتكر وقدرات شركة اريكسون للاستشارات ودمج الانظمة لشركة آسياسيل الإمكانات اللازمة التي ستجهزها للتعامل مع متطلبات هذا العالم المتصل، وذلك من خلال تحويل أنظمة أعمالها الآن. ونحن على ثقة بأن 'آسياسيل' ستواصل توفير تجربة متميزة لعملاء خدماتها المتنقلة بمساعدة أحدث ابتكاراتنا التكنولوجية".
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وصول عدد متابعيها على الفيس بوك الى مليون شخص
السليمانية- آيار 2013 - احتفلت شركة آسياسيل بتحقيق انجاز تأريخي و محطة غير مسبوقة بوصول عدد المعجبين بصفحتها الرسمية على الفيس بوك لمليون متابع، و تعد آسياسيل الاكثر نشاطاً و تفاعلاُ على قنوات التواصل الاجتماعي و بالأخص على الفيس بوك بطريقة الانسجام مع المشتركين والمعجبين و تقديم العروض و الخدمات المتميزة ، و الجدير بالذكر ان آسياسيل تسبق منافسيها في العراق و تعد الاولى من بين شركات الاتصالات في الشرق الاوسط (ما عدى مصر) التي بلغ عدد متابعيها الى مليون شخص.
و تعليقا على هذا الانجاز صرح عبدالله حسن، مدير الاعلام و العلاقات العامة في شركة آسياسيل "نشعر بالفخر من هذه التجربة الغير مسبوقة في التعامل مع الجمهور والتفاعل عبر قنوات التواصل الاجتماعي في آسياسيل، كما نسعى لتحقيق المزيد في سبيل بلوغ مرحله متقدمة في التواصل مع عملائنا و متابعينا أينما كانوا".
كما أكد حسن من ان آسياسيل ومنذ انطلاقتها الأولى اصبحت اسما بارزا و علامة تجارية مرموقة في اذهان المواطنين وان وصول عدد معجبي الصفحة الرسمية للشركة على الفيس بوك الى المليون شخص ليس الا دافع لتقديم المزيد للمشتركين و المعجبين من خدمات و عروض مميزة و غير مسبوقة للوصول الى رضا المشتركين، و أشار أن الاهتمام بقنوات التواصل الاجتماعي هو مطلب رئيس و مهم لدى آسياسيل لمعرفة آراء المتابعين والمشتركين و الوصول لهم بكل الطرق لتلبية رغباتهم.
تضم صفحة آسياسيل على الفيس بوك عددا هائلا من المواضيع المفيدة مع آراء و التعليقات المتابعين مما زيّنها وجعلها أكثر ثراءا. وتنوعت المواضيع المعروضة على الصفحة ما بين عرض خدمات و منتجات الشركة أو نشر نشاطات الشركة في المجالات الانسانية و التنموية حيناً والطابع الترفيهي حيناً آخر، وما بين هذا وذاك تقف مع بعض المعلومات الغريبة أو المميزة عن العلوم و المجالات الاخرى لترسم بكل هذه المواضيع صورة لعالم يجمع بين المتعة والفائدة.
السليمانية- آيار 2013 - ضمن حرصها على تقديم ما هي الافضل في الخدمات لمشتركيها، أعلنت شركة آسياسيل انها تستقبل مشتركيها الجدد بأحدث وأفضل العروض الخاصة والمميزة بجوائزها القيمة.
في عرض جديد آسياسيل تمهد السبيل للمشتركين الذين يشترون خطاً جديداً من آسياسيل يدخلون السحب فوراً لتكونوا مشمولين في السحبة للفوز بهواتف iPhone 5 أو iPad الجديد أو Galaxy S3. سيجري السحب يومياً لاختيار 24 فائز ولمدة شهر واحد.
وقال عبدالله حسن ـ مدير العلاقات العامة في شركة آسياسيل "نسعى على الدوام من خلال عروضنا و منتجاتنا المميزه إلى تلبية كافة احتياجات مشتركينا،اضافة الى تسهيل سير اعمالهم اليومية، وذلك ضمن اهتمامنا بالحفاظ على السمعة الطيبة التي تتحلى بها شركة آسياسيل في سوق الاتصالات العراقي، والمساهمة في توفير ما هي الاحدث في مجال الاتصالات."
يتوجب علي المشترك إجراء الخطوات التالية في نفس اليوم لدخول السحب: "تفعيل خط جديد و شحن الخط بـ 5,000 دينار أو أكثر و إجراء 5 دقائق مكالمات مدفوعة الأجر."
يبدأ العرض من 26/5 ولغاية 25/6/2013 وسيتم الاتصال يومياً بالفائزين وعلى الفائز مراجعة مراكز بيع آسياسيل خلال مدة أقصاها شهر واحد من تاريخ الاتصال به. تسلّم الجائزة فقط للمشترك المسجل باسمه الخط. للمزيد من المعلومات حول شروط السحب يرجي زيارة الموقع الإليكتروني www.asiacell.com.
كما يمكن للمشتركين الحاليين والجدد في خط الشباب وخط الفاتورة للأفراد والشركات والمؤسسات الحكومية الاتصال بأسعار مخفضة فقط بـ 250 فلس للثانية (15 دينار للدقيقة) من الساعة 12 ليلاً إلى 8 صباحاً بدون أي رسوم اشتراك بدءاً من 26 آيار 2013.
For the first time in Iraq
Asiacell Receives TMT Finance Award
Iraq, Sulaimanya, April - 2013: In yet another pioneering achievement, Asiacell— a leading provider of quality mobile telecommunications services in Iraq — received the “The Best Equity Capital Market Deal Award ” during the TMT Finance Middle East & North Africa 2013 Conference held in April 23rd in Dubai.
Recently Asiacell raised 1.49 trillion dinars ($1.22 billion), the most for an IPO in Iraq and the largest in the history of Iraq and biggest in the Middle East and North Africa since Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (MAADEN)’s share sale in 2008, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Commenting on this achievement, Faruk Mustafa Rasool, Asiacell Chairman said: “I’d like to congratulate all our employees and shareholders for winning the TMT Finance 2013 Award. The Asiacell IPO has almost doubled Iraq’s exchange’s market cap and given equities investors exposure to Iraq’s fast growing and highly profitable telecoms sector for the first time. Asiacell’s IPO has brought tremendous benefits that actively assist in boosting Iraqi economy, and demonstrates support for the Iraqi society in general. As we continue to develop more life-enhancing services across Iraq, we expect that more of our initiatives will be recognized in the future.”
“We are strong believers in the power of mobile technology to impact the country economically, and are pleased by the high number of subscribers have signed up for our IPO”, said Rasool.
TMT Finance is an international body that provides specialist news, research and high end networking and knowledge sharing events for senior executives from the telecom, finance and professional advisory community globally. TMT Finance Awards are judged on pre-selected criteria of key drivers and key performance indicators, with final adjudication by an independent Panel of Judges.
السليمانية ـ آذار 2013: ضمن سلسلة رسائل الشكر والتقدير التي تسلمتها من قبل مؤسسات وجهات مختلفة، والتي تؤكد على الدور الفاعل الذي تلعبه في خدمة المجتمع المحلي العراقي بكافة نواحيه، تسلّم شركة آسياسيل، كتاب شكر وتقدير من الاستاذ طالب الحسن، محافظ ذي قار و اللجنة المنظمة لمعرض ذي قار الدولي الاول.
وجاءت في الرسالة "يتشرف الاستاذ طالب الحسن محافظ ذي قار و اللجنة المنظمة لمعرض ذي قار الدولي الاول بتقديم الشهادة التقديرية لشركة آسياسيل و ذلك لمشاركتكم في معرض ذي قار الدولي الاول المقدم تحت شعار ذي قار قيثارة العراق."
وعن هذه اللفتة الكريمة، عبّر عبدالله حسن، مدير الاعلام و العلاقات العامة في شركة آسياسيل عن عميق شكره وامتنانه قائلاً: "نشكر الاستاذ طالب الحسن محافظ ذي قار و اللجنة المنظمة للمعرض على هذه اللفتة الكريمة، التي جاءت تتويجاً لجهودنا التي نبذلها بشكل متواصل لخدمة المواطن العراقي؛ حيث أننا ملتزمون كوننا شركة عراقية ملتزمون بالمسؤولية التي نحملها في مشاركة مجتمعنا كافة مناسباته."
Iraq, Sulaimanya, - 2013: In yet another pioneering achievement, Asiacell— a leading provider of quality mobile telecommunications services in Iraq — received the “mWomen” Award during the 2013 GSMA Global Mobile Awards for its innovative Almas Line.
The mWomen Award aims to highlight the most innovative product or service specifically designed to meet the needs of female consumers in emerging markets, particularly women living on less than $2 per day. The award seeks to stimulate mobile operators, manufactures and the broader mobile ecosystem to create unique solutions that help to narrow the mobile phone gender gap.
Tailored to meet the needs of various female demographics within the Iraqi market, Asiacell’s Almas Line features a multitude of special offers and services, including unprecedented low calling rates and special discounts on unique content services that cater to women of various age groups and backgrounds.
“This remarkable achievement comes to showcase the unique role played by Asiacell in empowering Iraqi women by offering them integrated mobile services that not only meet their individual needs but are also offered at highly affordable prices,” commented Asiacell Chairman, Faruk Mustafa Rasool .
And supported his speech; “What sets the Almas Line apart, aside from its low price point and unique services, is its unparalleled customizability, which allows women to exercise their individuality by personalizing our services to match their distinct characters and preferences.”
“The mWomen Award is reserved for operators that demonstrate pro-activity and tangible progress in terms of identifying the opportunity around the women’s segment in emerging markets,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer at GSMA. “The female-centric elements of Asiacell’s Almas Line, combined with its substantially reduced tariffs and the nationwide coverage of Asiacell’s network, make it a powerful example of how telecommunication technologies can be utilized to empower women in underprivileged and developing communities. It represents a trend we would like to see proliferate throughout similar markets worldwide.”
The award is part of GSMA’s“mWomen Program” — an unprecedented global public-private partnership between the worldwide mobile industry and the international development community — which seeks to accelerate mobile penetration within female demographics in developing communities and to provide life-changing services for women in those communities.
السليمانية ـ شباط 2013: ضمن سلسلة رسائل الشكر والتقدير التي تسلمتها من قبل مؤسسات وجهات مختلفة، والتي تؤكد على الدور الفاعل الذي تلعبه في خدمة المجتمع المحلي العراقي بكافة نواحيه، تسلّم شركة آسياسيل، كتاب شكر وتقدير من مهرجان البصرة المسرحي الثاني، وذلك تثميناً للدعم المادي والمعنوي الذي تلقته المهرجان من الشركة لمساندتها في فعاليات مهرجان البصرة المسرحي الثاني.
وجاءت في الرسالة "يسرنا ان نقدم لكم شكرنا و تقديرنا العاليين لمساهمتكم الفاعلة و المتميزة في فعاليات مهرجان البصرة المسرحي الثاني، ننتهز الفرصة لنعبر لكم عن اعجابنا بما قدمتموه من ابداع في هذا المهرجان."
يذكر ان آسياسيل نالت تأييدا جماهيريا كبيرا مقابل ما تقوم بها ضمن برامجها في مجال المسؤولية الاجتماعية للشركات. آسياسيل تتمتع باستراتيجية واضحة و جدية لتأدية واجبها في دعم المجتمع العراقي بكل فئاته.
وتعليقاً على هذا الشأن، قال عبدالله حسن، مدير الاعلام و العلاقات العامة في شركة آسياسيل "يسعدنا أن نقدم دعمنا المادي والمعنوي للمهرجان البصرة المسرحي، آملين أن نكون قد ساهمنا في دعم فعاليات المهرجان، التي نؤمن بأنها مهمة وحيوية في مسيرة مسرح العراقي، والارتقاء بفن المسرحي في العراق." و اضاف حسن قائلا "في الاعوام السابقة قمنا بتنفيذ العديد من مشاريع الرعاية في البصرة منها طبع كتب لكتاب المدينة و انجاح مهرجان المربد لسنوات عديدة و ساعدنا الكثيرين ضمن مشاريعنا الخيرية و الاجتماعية و ذلك حرصا و ايمانا منا لخدمة مواطنينا الاعزاء و الارتقاء بمستوى المدنية على كل الاصعدة".
السليمانية- شباط 2013 - ضمن حرصها على تقديم ما هي الافضل في الخدمات وحلول الشركات و تقنية الاتصالات، أعلنت شركة آسياسيل عن اطلاقها لخدمة جديدة ومميزة ضمن باقاتها الخاصة بخدمات و حلول الشركات "اعمالي"، الا و هي خدمة الحلول البديلة للخطوط الارضيه و ذلك بالاستفادة من افضل التقنيات الحديثة و المبتكرة عالميا، تعد هذه الخدمة الجيل الجديد والعصري لأنظمة اتصالات الشركات المتمثله بالحلول البديلة للخط الأرضي التي ستلبي جميع احتياجات ومتطلبات الشركات من خدمات الاتصالات المكتبية.
ستلبي هذه الخدمة جميع احتياجات و متطلبات الشركات كالتالي:
1. رقم خاص لكل مكتب/موظف
2. رقم المكتب المتنقل Mobility extension:
3.خدمه الرد الآلي وشجرة التعليمات الصوتية IVR (Interactive Voice Recording):
4. تسجيل المكالمات:
5. أرسال الرسائل القصيرة في حال عدم الردّ على المكالمة:
مثال: "عزيزي المشترك, نود أعلامكم بأنه قد تم أصلاح العطل المقدم في شكواكم، يمكنكم التمتع بالخدمه الأن، مع الشكر، شركة ABC"
6. مكالمات المؤتمرات:
إذا كان البدالة الخاصة بشركة المشترك لا تدعم ميزة مكالمات المؤتمرات، فإن نظام آسياسيل سيدعم إجراء هذه المكالمات وحتى 30 جهة متصلة في ذات الوقت.
خدمه الحلول البديلة للخط الارضي هى اضافه جديده لباقه "اعمالى" المتخصصه فى حلول الاعمال.
وقال طارق سليمان مدير قسم الشركات و حلول الاعمال في شركة آسياسيل "نحن سباقون في تقديم ما هي الاحدث في العالم في مجال حلول الشركات من خلال باقه "اعمالى" و نسعى على الدوام من خلال عروضنا و منتجاتنا المميزه إلى تلبية كافة احتياجات مشتركينا،اضافة الى تسهيل سير اعمالهم اليومية و زيادة الانتاجية، آملين من خلال هذه الخطوة أن نكون قد وفرنا خدماتنا لعدد أكبر من الشركات في العراق، وذلك ضمن اهتمامنا بالحفاظ على السمعة الطيبة التي تتحلى بها شركة آسياسيل في سوق الاتصالات العراقي، والمساهمة في توفير ما هي الاحدث في مجال الاتصالات" .
Sulaimaniya, Iraq – Asiacell, a leading provider of quality mobile telecommunications services in Iraq, announced that its pioneer product for Iraqi women, Almas Line, has been selected as a finalist for the second consecutive year by the GSMA for its 2013 Global Mobile Awards. Almas Line was shortlisted in the “Best Mobile Product or Service for Women in Emerging Markets” category. Asiacell, the only Iraqi firm nominated, will proudly represent Iraq along some of the prestigious innovators of the technology industry such as Apple, Google , YouTube and Facebook which are also nominated.
By selecting Almas Line as a finalist, the GSMA has recognized the groundbreaking and innovative approach displayed by Asiacell in bridging the mobile phone gender gap. Almas Line was introduced in 2011. A year and half after launch of Almas Line, results have been spectacular by having indications showing 3.5 million female subscribers, half of which have joined since the launch of Almas line. Put differently, Asiacell has acquired in 19 months as many women subscribers as it had acquired in its first 11 years of operations!
Asiacell thus forecasts that the share of female subscribers in the customer base reached the figure of 36% by the End-Of-Year 2012. Asiacell’s contribution to closing the gender gap is thus highly tangible and measurable.
Almas Line features have been specifically tailored for Iraqi women: customized off-peak times, discounted tariffs, women-oriented VAS, etc. all of which account for its popularity among Iraqi women.
This exceptional recognition from the GSMA is a reward for the contribution Asiacell played over the past decade in constantly bringing innovations to the Iraqi people, and as such becoming a catalyst of the spectacular growth the country is experiencing.
“The competition this year was of an exceptionally high quality, breaking all previous records,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer at GSMA. “Our judging panel has assessed well over 600 entries and nominations for the 37 awards, the largest ever number of honors to be presented at the Global Mobile Awards. It is a tremendous achievement to have been shortlisted and we look forward to recognizing the winners at Mobile World Congress next month.”
“This award is an important recognition of the innovation and imagination that Asiacell is delivering to its female customers. We thank the GSMA for this nomination, and we look forward to continuing our work to bridge the mobile phone gender gap and drive the growth of Iraq’s digital sector”, said Faruk Mustafa Rasool, Asiacell Chairman. “Supporting the different components of Iraqi society, and especially women, is part of our ethical consideration and we intend to intensify our efforts to generate more growth and to add value to humanitarian field through our products and services”, Added Rasool.
السليمانية ـ العراق: تسلمت شركة آسياسيل للاتصالات مؤخراً رسالة شكر وتقدير من قِبَل المدير العام لجمعية الهلال الاحمر العراقي فرع محافظة كربلاء المقدسة، تثميناً لتعاون الشركة و جهودها في تقديم الدعم الكامل للجمعية خلال الزيارة الاربعينية.
وجاءت في الرسالة "تثميناً لجهودكم الطيبة و دوركم الفاعل في تقديم الدعم الكامل لفرعنا خلال الزيارة الاربعينية للإمام الحسين (ع) لغرض اظهار الوجه المشرق لأعمال جمعيتنا لا يسعنا إلا ان نتقدم لكم بوافر شكرنا و تقديرنا آملين الدوام على هذا المنوال بما يكرس قيمنا الانسانية و النبيلة"
وتعليقاً على هذا الشأن، عبّر عبدالله حسن، مدير العلاقات العامة و الاعلام في شركة آسياسيل عن امتنانه لهذه اللفتة الكريمة من جمعية الهلال الاحمر العراقي، وبيّن أن هذه المبادرة تأتي في سياق اهتمام الشركة بتفعيل دورها المجتمعي، وقال: "يسعدنا أن نساهم مع جمعية الهلال الاحمر العراقي في تقديم الخدمات للمشاركين في الزيارة الاربعينية للإمام الحسين (ع) في مدينة كربلاء المقدسة، المناسبات الوطنية في كل المناطق العراق خدمة لمواطنين الكرام."
يذكر ان آسياسيل تعتبر في رواد الشركات في العراق في تنفيذ برامج خيرية و انسانية في كل المجالات مساهمة منها للارتقاء بواقع العراق الاقتصادي و الاجتماعي و التنموي."
ASIACELL SHARE OFFER RAISES $1.220 BILLION IN
IRAQ’S BIGGEST EVER OFFERING
Strong demand from Iraq and abroad provides boost to the Iraq Stock Exchange
Sulaymaniyah, Iraq – ASIACELL COMMUNICATIONS, a leading provider of quality mobile telecommunications services in Iraq, is pleased to announce the successful completion of its milestone share offer as thousands of investors across Iraq subscribe for the company’s shares.
The company also announces today the admission of its Shares to the Official List of Securities maintained by the Iraq Securities Commission (“ISC”) and to trading on the Iraq Stock Exchange (“ISX”), under the ticker “TASC”.
Commenting on the successful share offer and admission to trading on the ISX, Faruk M. Rasool, Managing Director of Asiacell, said:
“This was a milestone event for us at Asiacell as well as being a transformative share offering for the Iraqi stock market. Demand for Asiacell shares exceeded our expectations as investors from across the country participated in this offering to become a shareholder in our company. We’ve also seen strong demand from investors outside of Iraq from institutions from the US, Europe and the Middle East, and the offer opened new doors for foreign investment in Iraq. In accordance with the preliminary information available the participation of foreign investors was 70% of the 25% of the share capital of the Company which was offered through the ISX, as so the majority will remain Iraqi per the law with a percentage of approximately 82.5%.
“Looking ahead, we welcome our new shareholders to the Asiacell success story. The company has a clear strategy to grow our business across Iraq, offering our customers the best in network quality, cutting edge tailored packages and customer service. We look forward with confidence to delivering on our strategy and to the creation of value for all of our shareholders.”
السليمانية- شباط 2013 : ضمن اهتمامها بتقديم خدمات فائقة الجودة لكافة مشتركيها، وبما يتناسب مع احتياجاتهم وإمكانياتهم، أعلنت شركة آسياسيل للاتصالات- من أكبر شركات الاتصالات في العراق- عن إطلاقها لخدمة "أعمالي "و هي العلامة التجارية الجديدة للحلول المتكاملة لقطاع الأعمال من آسياسيل.
"أعمالي" تقدم جميع خدمات واحتياجات الشركات في العراق من خطوط ذات عروض مميزه ، و باقات متعددة للأنترنت و اجهزه الـ USB، و باقات البيانات المشتركة لأجهزة الشركات ، والحلول البديلة للخطوط الارضية ، وخدمات البلاك بيرى ، بالإضافة الى فريق متخصص لخدمة عملاء الشركات من خلال الرقم المجاني الخاص 7171 او 07711107171 للاتصال من الشبكات الاخرى، و كذالك المزيد من الخدمات الغنية والمميزة التي تنفرد بها شركة آسياسيل لخدمة قطاع الاعمال بالعراق.
وعن هذه الخدمة الجديدة، تحدث السيد طارق سليمان ، مدير قسم الشركات و حلول الأعمال في شركة آسياسيل للاتصالات قائلاً: " نفخر بكون آسياسيل من الشركات المتميزة في تقديم خدمات ذات قيمة مضافة لكافة المواطنين العراقيين، فيما يؤكد على حرص الشركة الحقيقي على توفير الأفضل للمواطن العراقي و تقدير اهميه قطاع الاعمال في العراق ، واهتمامها بتلبية كافة الاحتياجات والمتطلبات في سوق الاتصالات، وذلك في سياق رؤية الشركة الرامية إلى الاستمرار في طرح كل ما هو مميز. و اليوم و من خلال خدمة أعمالي ستجد الشركات كل ما تحتاجه من خدمات مميزه وحلول عصريه بمستوى عالي و جودة فائقة ".
السليمانية، العراق – أعلنت اليوم شركة آسياسيل للاتصالات شركة مساهمة خاصة (يشار إليها فيما يلي باسم "آسياسيل" أو "الشركة") – الشركة الرائدة في تقديم خدمات الهاتف النقال ذات الجودة العالية في العراق – عن فتح باب التسجيل في طرح أسهمها (يشار إليه فيما يلي باسم "الطرح").
1-جميع المستثمرين مدعوون إلى استكمال استمارات طلب التسجيل وتقديمها
2-يُتاح للمستثمرين التسجيل في 67,503 مليار سهم، تمثل 25% من رأس مال أسهم آسياسيل
3-التسجيل في الطرح مفتوح لجميع المستثمرين العراقيين الذين يمتلكون حساب تداول لدى احدى شركات الوساطة المعتمدين لدى سوق العراق للأوراق المالية
4-لا يوجد حد أدنى للأسهم التي يمكن للمستثمرين تسجيلها
5-فترة التسجيل مفتوحة من اليوم 3 كانون الثاني وحتى 2 شباط/فبراير 2013
6-سوف يتم تداول اسهم آسياسيل في سوق العراق للأوراق المالية تحت الرمز ''TASC'' في 3 شباط/فبراير 2013
7-من المتوقع أن يكون هذا الطرح هو الأضخم في تاريخ العراق
من جانبه صرّح المدير المفوض لشركة آسياسيل للاتصالات، السيد فاروق مصطفى رسول، في معرض تعليقه على هذا الإعلان قائلاً:
"هذا يوم حافل لنا جميعا، فنحن نقدم الفرصة لكل فرد من أفراد الشعب العراقي، الراغبين في شراء عددٍ صغيرٍ أو كبير من الأسهم على حد سواء، لامتلاك جزء من آسياسيل التي تجسد بحق قصة نجاح عراقية ة. إننا نبني على أسس راسخة وقوية ونخطط لأن نمدّ الأعداد المتزايدة من مشتركينا بتغطية عالية الجودة وخدمة مشتركين استثنائية، فضلاً عن خدمات متميزة ومبتكرة. ويحدونا الأمل لإنجاز ذلك بصحبة مجموعة كبيرة من المستثمرين العراقيين."
يُفتح باب التسجيل في الطرح لجميع المستثمرين والأفراد والمؤسسات الذين يملكون حساب تداول في سوق العراق للأوراق المالية.
على المستثمرين الراغبين في المشاركة في طرح آسياسيل الاتصال بأحد الوسطاء المعتمدين لدى سوق العراق للأوراق المالية (ويشار إليهم اختصاراً باسم "الوسطاء")، والحصول على منشور الطرح المتاح لديهم والمتوفر كذلك لدى مراكز آسياسيل، والتفضل بقراءته. كما يمكن للمستثمرين التسجيل من خلال تقديم طلب شراء الأسهم بسعر لا يقل عن 22 دينار عراقي للسهم الواحد، في الفترة ما بين 3 كانون الثاني/يناير و2 شباط/فبراير 2013، لدى أحد الوسطاء.
يمكن للمستثمرين اتباع الخطوات البسيطة التالية:
1-فتح حساب تداول لدى أحد الوسطاء. للاطلاع على قائمة كاملة بالوسطاء، يرجى زيارة الموقع الإلكتروني لسوق العراق للأوراق المالية www.isx-iq.net
2-سوف يقدم الوسطاء إلى المستثمرين تفويض الشراء الذي يجب تعبئته بالكامل وإرجاعه إلى الوسيط.
3-يجب سداد ثمن الأسهم كاملاً لدى تقديم تفويض الشراء مقابل سند قبض رسمي.
تعمل شركة الربيع للوساطة في بيع وشراء الاوراق المالية - وهي شركة وساطة مالية رائدة مستقلة في العراق - في بيع وشراء الأوراق المالية بصفتها الموزع ووكيل البيع الوحيد، بينما تعمل ملاك العراق - وهي شركة استشارات مالية عراقية - بصفتها المستشار الوحيد للشركة فيما يتعلق بالطرح.
لمزيد من المعلومات، يرجى الاتصال على:
شركة FTI Consulting، الشرق الأوسط
+971 50 464 8706
+971 50 248 7620
+971 56 775 7639
FTI Consulting ، لندن
+44 20 7831 3113
+44 777 1978 220
+44 779 5504 678
ملاحظات للسادة المحررين
حصلت آسياسيل على رخصة تشغيل مدتها خمسة عشر عاماً صادرة عن هيئة الإعلام والاتصالات العراقية في 2007 ("الرخصة")، وبموجبها فإن آسياسيل مرخصة لبناء شبكة هواتف نقالة وتشغيلها في كافة أنحاء العراق. وفي عام 2009، أصبحت آسياسيل أول شركة للهاتف النقال تغطي شبكتها كافة أنحاء الدولة، حيث تقدم الشركة خدماتها لمحافظات العراق الثمانية عشرة جميعاً. تقدم آسياسيل خدماتها في العاصمة بغداد، فضلاً عن غيرها من المدن العراقية الكبرى، وذلك من خلال شبكة تغطي 97% من سكان العراق. وفي عام 2011، منحت وزارة الاتصالات آسياسيل لقب "أفضل مشغل لخدمات الاتصالات النقالة" في العراق.
1-توفر آسياسيل بصفة أساسية خدمات الخطوط المدفوعة مسبقاً والتي تُشكل غالبية عدد المشتركين لديها.
2-لدى آسياسيل حصة من إيرادات سوق الاتصالات النقالة وبنسبة بلغت 43% في نهاية سبتمبر/أيلول 2012 وتقدم باقات خدمات الهواتف النقالة المدفوعة مسبقاً لمشتركيها من الأفراد والشركات على حد سواء وعددهم 9,9 مليون مشترك.
3-حققت آسياسيل أداءً مالياً قوياً وثابتاً بمعدل نمو سنوي مركب في الإيرادات بلغ 22% من 2009 إلى 2011.
- وفقاً لنظام المحاسبي الموحد حسب المعايير العراقية، حققت الشركة إيرادات بلغت 1,564 مليار دينار عراقي خلال الأشهر التسع الأولى من عام 2012، فيما بلغت إيرادات السنة المالية 2011 (12 شهراً) 1,836 مليار دينار عراقي.
- بلغ معدل الأرباح قبل احتساب الفوائد المدينة والضريبة والإهلاك والاندثارات في الأشهر التسع الأولى من عام 2012 ما يعادل 824 مليار دينار عراقي، فيما بلغ معدل الأرباح قبل احتساب الفوائد المدينة والضريبة والإهلاك والاندثارات في 2011 (12 شهراً) ما يعادل 926 مليار دينار عراقي.
- بلغ الفائض بعد الضريبة في الأشهر التسع الأولى من 2012 ما يعادل 474 مليار دينار عراقي، فيما كان الفائض بعد الضريبة في 2011 (12 شهراً) يعادل 504 مليار دينار عراقي.
- يبلغ متوسط دخل المستخدم لآسياسيل 18,000 دينار عراقي في الشهر، وذلك في الأشهر التسع الأولى من عام 2012.
4-تمتلك شركة الاتصالات القطرية ("كيوتل") ش. م. ق. 53,9% من شركة آسياسيل. وتتواجد كيوتل في 17 دولة ولديها 89,2 مليون عميل، من بينهم 9,9 مليون عميل في العراق. هذا وقد أسهمت آسياسيل بنسبة 19% من إيرادات كيوتل و26% من صافي أرباحها في عام 2011.
5-وبالإضافة إلى الخطوط الاعتيادية المدفوعة مسبقاً، والتي تخدم ما يزيد عن 53% من المشتركين، فإن الاشتراكات المدفوعة مسبقاً التي تقدمها الشركة تتضمن عدداً من الباقات المخصصة لتلبية احتياجات شرائح مختلفة من السوق – وهذا يشمل الشباب والمرأة إلى جانب خدمة مبتكرة تهدف إلى تلبية احتياجات ملايين الزوار الذين يزورون العراق كل عام. تقدم آسياسيل أيضاً الاشتراكات المفوعة لاحقا (خط الفاتورة) للمشتركين الى الشركات والأفراد على حد سواء.
6-يتولى 84 موزعاً رئيسياً توزيع منتجات الشركة عن طريق أكثر من 12,000 نقطة بيع فردية عبر أنحاء العراق.
7-للشركة 20 مركز بيع مدار من قبلها بشكل مباشر ويحمل علامتها التجارية، فضلا عن شبكة متنامية من مراكز البيع التي تتمتع بحق امتياز.
Offer to open to investors on 3 January 2013
Sulaymaniyah, Iraq – ASIACELL COMMUNICATIONS PJSC (“Asiacell” or the “Company”), a leading provider of quality mobile telecommunications services in Iraq, today announced further details about its upcoming landmark share offer (the “Offer”).
The Offer, which is expected to be the first of its kind in Iraq and one of the biggest share offers in the Middle East region in the past year, will consist of 67.503 billion shares, representing 25% of the Company’s share capital. The shares will be offered at a price of a least IQD 22 per share.
A number of Asiacell’s founding shareholders will offer existing shares, representing 25% of the Company’s share capital, to individual and institutional investors that have a trading account within Iraq.
The Offer will open for subscription on Thursday 3rd January 2013 and will close on Saturday 2nd February 2013. The admission of these Shares, representing 25% of the Company’s existing share capital, to the Official List of Securities maintained by the Iraq Securities Commission (“ISC”) and to trading on the Iraq Stock Exchange (“ISX”) is expected to commence on Sunday 3rd February 2013.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Faruk M. Rasool, Managing Director of Asiacell, said:
“This is another step closer to our share offer which is a significant development for us as a company. We’ve built a stable and growing business across Iraq and we’re delighted to be able to provide the chance for all Iraqis to participate in our future by taking a stake in Asiacell. We’re confident in our future as Iraq’s mobile industry continues to grow and we look forward to welcoming a new set of investors in 2013.”
How to participate
The offer is open to all investors, individuals and institutions, provided they have a trading account in Iraq.
Investors who would like to participate in the Asiacell Offer should contact a broker registered with the ISX (the “Brokers”) and obtain and read in full the Offer leaflet which is available from the Brokers and from Asiacell stores. Investors can subscribe by placing a purchase order to acquire Shares at a price of at least IQD [•] per share, between the 3rd January and the 2nd February 2013, with one of the Brokers.
Investors can follow these simple steps:
1-Open a trading account with one of the Brokers. For a full list of Brokers, see the ISX web site www.isx-iq.net
2-The Brokers will be able to provide investors with a buy-order form which must be completed in full and returned to the Broker.
3-Full payment for the Shares must be made with the submission of the buy-order form.
Rabee Securities, Iraq’s – premier independent brokerage, is acting as sole distributor and selling agent and Melak Iraq, an Iraqi Financial Advisory Firm, is sole adviser to the Company in respect of the Offer.
For further information please contact:
FTI Consulting, Middle East
+971 50 464 8706
+971 50 248 7620
+971 56 775 7639
FTI Consulting, London
+44 20 7831 3113
+44 777 1978 220
+44 779 5504 678
Notes to Editors
Asiacell holds a 15-year operating license issued by the Communications and Media Commission of Iraq in 2007 (the “License”), entitling it to build and operate a nationwide mobile telecommunications network. In 2009, Asiacell became the first mobile provider in Iraq to achieve nationwide coverage, serving all 18 of Iraq’s governorates. Asiacell serves Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, and all other major Iraqi cities, with a network that covers 97% of the Iraqi population. In 2011, Asiacell was recognized as the ‘best GSM operator’ in Iraq by the Ministry of Communications (the “MoC”).
1-Asiacell predominantly offers prepaid mobile telecommunications services accounts for the majority of its subscriber base.
2-Asiacell enjoys a 43% revenue market share as end of September, 2012, and has 9.9 million individual and corporate subscribers.
3-Asiacell has consistently delivered strong financial performance with CAGR revenue growth of 22% from 2009 to 2011.
-According to Iraqi GAAP, in the first 9 months 2012, the Company generated revenues of 1,564 billion Iraqi dinars. Financial Year 2011 (12 months) revenue was 1,836 billion Iraqi dinars.
-EBITDA in the first 9 months 2012 was 824 billion Iraqi dinars. Financial Year 2011 (12 months) EBITDA was 926 billion Iraqi dinars.
-Net income in the first 9 months 2012 was 474 billion Iraqi dinars. Financial Year 2011 (12 months) net income was 504 billion Iraqi dinars.
-Asiacell has an ARPU of 18,000 Iraqi dinars- per month, during the first 9 months 2012.
4-Asiacell is 53.9% owned by Qatar Telecom Company (‘Qtel’) Q.S.C. Qtel has presence in 17 countries and 89.2 million customers, of which 9.9 million are in Iraq. Asiacell contributed 19% of Qtel’s revenue and 26% of net profits in 2011.
5-In addition to the classic Prepaid Line package, which serves over 53% of subscribers, the Company’s prepaid service offering contains a number of tailored packages aimed at different market segments – including young people, women and an innovative service aimed at the millions of religious pilgrims who visit Iraq each year. Asiacell also provides postpaid services to corporate and individual subscribers.
6-Asiacell maintains a network of 84 main distributors and its services are available at over 12,000 individual points of sale across Iraq.
7-The Company also operates 20 directly-owned branded retail outlets, and a growing network of franchised stores.
Committed to the Future of Kurdish Youth, Asiacell is Once Again the Official Diamond Sponsor of the Fourth Annual Kurdish Youth Festival Held in San Diego, CA January 2013
Sulaimani, Kurdistan-Iraq, December 2012- Asiacell announced its sponsorship for The Fourth Annual Kurdish Youth Festival will take place on January 4-6, 2013 in San Diego, California at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel.
Dozens of Kurdish dignitaries, talented youth, artists and writers are participating by presenting works in their fields of creativity in a bid to introduce the Kurdish art, literature and heritage.
The Kurdish Youth Festival is growing into one of the most important events for Kurdish youth in the Diaspora. Asiacell appreciates the significance of this event and is dedicated to its success. In a recent interview, Asiacell’s Public Relations and Media Manager, Abdulla Hassan said, “Asiacell has always been a pioneer in taking care of inventive work and now we are sponsoring the Fourth Annual Kurdish Youth Festival in San Diego, California.” Mr. Hassan added that the importance of the festival is obvious as it will contribute to promoting Kurdish culture and further introduce Kurds to the American public.
Nuha Serrac, one of the key members of KYF’s organizing committee, stated that Asiacell’s contributions have been immensely helpful to the organization’s objectives. She added, “We all know how active Asiacell is in sponsoring events and involving corporate social responsibility in Kurdistan and Iraq. Sponsoring the Fourth Kurdish Youth Festival will introduce Asiacell to the American audiences and prove that responsible businesses exist in Kurdistan. This will hopefully boost investment in the region.”
تشرين الثاني 2012 – ضمن سلسلة رسائل الشكر والتقدير التي تسلمتها من قبل مؤسسات وجهات مختلفة، والتي تؤكد على الدور الفاعل الذي تلعبه في خدمة المجتمع المحلي العراقي بكافة نواحيه، حيث استلمت شركة آسياسيل، كتاب شكر وتقدير من قِبَل رئيس تجمع المعوقين في العراق السيد موفق توفيق الخفاجي، وذلك تثميناً للدعم المادي والمعنوي الذي تلقته التجمع من الشركة.
وجاء في رسالة تجمع المعوقين في العراق الى شركة آسياسيل "يتشرف تجمع المعوقين في العراق ان يتقدم بالشكر و العرفان لمواقفكم الانسانية الرائعة في دعم و مناصرة حقوق المعوقين العراقيين وصولاً لاندماجهم الكامل بالمجتمع."
وتعليقاً على هذا الشأن، قال عبدالله حسن مدير العلاقات العامة في شركة آسياسيل "يسعدنا أن نقدم دعمنا المادي والمعنوي للتجمع المعوقين، آملين أن نكون قد ساهمنا في دعم أعمال التجمع وأهدافها، التي نؤمن بأنها مهمة وحيوية في دعم معوقي العراق."
ففي الآونة الاخيرة قامت آسياسيل بتحمل تكاليف الايجار للمقر الرئيسي للتجمع المعوقيين في بغداد لستة اشهر كما و قامت بتوزيع كراسي خاصة بالمعوقين على المستشفيات و المراكز الصحية في معظم مناطق العراق.
تشرين الثاني 2012 – فيما يعد ثمرة للجهود الوطنية والاجتماعية التي تبذلها في مختلف المجالات وخاصة في قطاع التربية والتعليم في إقليم كوردستان، تلقّت شركة آسياسيل للاتصالات رسالة شكر وتقدير من الدكتور ستار عثمان حسن عميد المعهد التقني في أربيل، والتي أشاد من خلالها بحرص آسياسيل على عكس النموذج الإيجابي لشركات القطاع الخاص المدركة لمسؤوليتها تجاه المجتمع.
و استلمت شركة آسياسيل الرسالة من قبل عمادة المعهد كتكريماً للجهود التي بذلتها الشركة لتعمير و تجهيز مختبر آسياسيل للحاسبات التي اهدتها آسياسيل للطلاب المعهد، فيما جاء انعكاساً للرؤية التي تتبناها آسياسيل والرامية إلى دعم كافة الجهات المجتمعية التي تساهم بإيجابية في عملية التطور وخاصة الطلاب؛ إذ لا تتطلّع من خلال أعمالها إلى تقديم أحدث خدمات الاتصالات المتميزة فحسب، بل تولي كذلك جُلّ اهتمامها بدعم مسيرة التنمية الاجتماعية والاقتصادية في البلاد، ومن هنا تأتي مبادراتها المتواصلة والتي تشمل بالدعم مجالات عدة وفئات مختلفة من المجتمع.
وبهذه المناسبة أعرب عبدالله حسن، مدير العلاقات العامة و الاعلام في شركة آسياسيل للاتصالات عن اعتزاز الشركة بتلقى رسالة الدكتور ستار عثمان وقال: "نشكر الدكتور ستار عثمان حسن عميد المعهد التقني في أربيل على لفتته الكريمة بالتعبير عن تقديره للمبادرة التعليمية التي أقدمت عليها آسياسيل، ونؤكد بأنها لم تكن إلا دافعاً لنا للاستمرار على نفس النهج الملتزم بأداء الواجب الوطني الذي نفتخر بأن نحمله على عاتقنا، مؤمنين بأن أبناء العراق يستحقون كل المساندة ليتمكنوا من استغلال الفرص التي تتاح أمامهم في سبيل بناء المستقبل المشرق الذي نطمح إليه، وهذا أقل ما يمكننا تقديمه لبلدنا العريق والذي نسعى إلى إعادة بنائه بما يليق بتاريخه وحضارته الغنية عن التعريف."
Asiacell hosted a summer training course for more than 150 students from engineering, science and technical colleges in various Iraqi universities. The course, supervised by Asiacell specialists, commenced on the 1st July and will continued for 2 months.
This practical and theoretical training course - organized annually by Asiacell - reflects the Company’s goal to broaden university students’ horizons and develop their skills. The course also aims to enhance the local Iraqi labor market’s capabilities in an effort to achieve sustainable development that is based on knowledge and education.
Asiacell’s training course will be attended by students of the engineering, technical, science and business colleges from various universities and technical institutions across Iraq. The universities include: Sulaimaniyah University, Cihan University in Kirkuk and Erbil, Al-Rafiden University, Koya University, Kirkuk University, Salahaddin University, Mosul University, Baghdad University, Al-Nahrain University, Al-Hadba University in Mosul, the American University, and the Sulaimaniyah Technical College.
The training course covers 77 topics on GSM fundamentals, the technologies and applications within the industry, in addition to value added services including business solutions, amongst others.
Abdulla Hassan, Asiacell’s Media & Public Relations Manager, said that since its establishment, the Company has been committed to rehabilitating and training university students as part of its goal to contribute to the development of higher education in Iraq and provide the work market with skilled, capable graduates. “We at Asiacell are dedicated to providing our students and young people with skills that allow them to confidently enter the work market and contribute to a brighter and better future for their communities,” he added.
تشرين الاول 2012 – ضمن سلسلة رسائل الشكر والتقدير التي تسلمتها من قبل مؤسسات وجهات مختلفة، والتي تؤكد على الدور الفاعل الذي تلعبه في خدمة المجتمع المحلي العراقي بكافة نواحيه، تسلّم فاروق مصطفى رسول، مدير المفوض لشركة آسياسيل، كتاب شكر وتقدير من قِبَل رئيس جامعة السليمانية، الدكتور صلاحدين سعيد، وذلك تثميناً للدعم المادي والمعنوي الذي تلقته الجامعة من الشركة لمساندتها في تلبية الاحتياجات المتنامية لشباب العراق ومنطقة الشرق الأوسط من الحصول على شهادات التعليم العالي.
وفي شهر ايلول الماضي كرمت شركة آسياسيل للاتصالات المتنقلة في العراق 225 طالباً من الاوائل في جميع كليات و اقسام جامعة السليمانية البالغ عددها 25 كلية للعام الدراسي الماضي 2012\2011.
وتعليقاً على هذا الشأن، أكد فاروق مصطفى رسول، المدير المفوض لشركة آسياسيل اهتمام الشركة بدعم قطاع التعليم والتعليم العالي، وذلك إيماناً بأهمية التعليم في بناء جيل مثقف وواعٍ، قادرٍ على قيادة العراق على الطريق الصحيح نحو النهضة والتنمية الاقتصادية والاجتماعية، مبيناً أن الشركة لا تتوانى عن تفعيل دورها المجتمعي تجاه كافة أطياف المجتمع، خاصة الشباب منهم، والذين يعوّل عليهم لبناء مستقبل العراق. كما بين المدير المفوض أن هذا الدعم جاء تجسيداً لإيمان الشركة بأهمية توفير الأجواء والإمكانيات الدراسية المناسبة للشباب، حتى يتمكنوا من إطلاق العنان لقدراتهم ومواهبهم.
وأضاف رسول "يسعدنا أن نقدم دعمنا المادي والمعنوي للجامعة السليمانية، آملين أن نكون قد ساهمنا في دعم أعمال الجامعة وأهدافها، التي نؤمن بأنها مهمة وحيوية في دعم الشباب العراقي، والارتقاء بقطاع التعليم والتعليم العالي في العراق."
Nearly 1.2 Million Iraqi Women Newly Connected to Asiacell in Past Year Thanks to Female-Friendly Initiatives; Global Trade AssociationGSMA on Fact-Finding Visit to Iraq
Asiacell is significantly increasing economic opportunities for women in Iraq through its mWomen initiatives, and has welcomed a visit from theGSMA,the global organisation representing mobile operators, to find out more about Asiacell’s success.
The operator is a member of the GSMA mWomen Programme, which aims to reduce the global mobile phone gender gap andenable mobile ownership and more effective usage for women in emerging markets by 2014.
Asiacell has 3 million female customers, of whom 1.2 million have joined since the launch of mWomen initiatives a year ago. Manyof those customers have signed up for itsAlmas (“Diamond” in Arabic) line of mobile products and services that has been specifically designed for female customers.
Global research shows that access to mobile phones can provide women with new economic opportunities, enable women to combine work with family commitments more easily, and make it easier for businesswomen to reach out to customers and receive payments via their mobile.
From 3-4 September, the GSMA conducted a fact-finding tour of Iraq to learn more about Asiacell’s mWomen initiatives, including Almas. GSMA representatives chaired focus groups with female customers coming from various regions of Iraq. The officials also visited an Asiacell call centre and shop, and met with Iraqi and U.S. government officials.
Lawrence Yanovitch, president of the GSMA Foundation, who led the delegation, said: “Asiacell has been one of the world’s leading mobile operators in this area, demonstrating remarkable success in Iraq and demonstrating the incredible social and economic impact that it is possible to achieve. By developing a product line that addresses the needs of female customers, they have increased the female subscriber base by 1.2 million in one year.”
Since 2011, the proportion of Asiacell’s female customers has grown from 20 percent to 30 percent, and is expected to reach 40 percent by the end of 2012. In one year,1.2 million women in Iraq have been connected to friends and family, and are becoming more socially and financially independent, thanks to their access to mobile technology.
U.S. Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer, instrumental in the launch of mWomen for the U.S. Department of State said “Iraqi women are critical to their country’s prosperity and stability, yet they face tremendous challenges to exercising their full potential in Iraqi society.
The mWomen initiative is a unique public-private partnership that is working to close the gender gap in mobile technology. It is enabling Iraqi women to expand their access to vital services and enabling them to grow their capacity. Providing access to mobile technology can support women’s civic participation, increase economic opportunity and incomes; advance access to critical health information, teach literacy, help prevent violence against women and girls and even access financial services.
mWomen’s accomplishments in Iraq are making a difference for the women of Iraq and all Iraqis because when women thrive all of society thrives. The success of this initiative underscores the growing recognition that closing the gender gap, whether in access to mobile technology or in every other way, is both the right thing to do and the smart thing to do”.
The Almas line’s features match the needs of Iraqi women for mobile technology. These features include “step charging,” which offers a 50 percent discount after the third minute since women tend to talk longer than men; freedom for women to choose their own off-peak hours; discounted rates for off-network calls; and a free “bye-bye” service that blocks potential harassers from calling or texting.
This service has also enabled the distribution of vital information focusing on women’s health and welfare issues, through a Value Added Services menu with targeted female-focused content.
Dr. Diar Ahmed, CEO of Asiacell, said: “Asiacell’s contribution to closing the gender gap in mobile phone use can be seen and measured, as the number of female customers continues to grow. The next step is to help support and facilitate economic participation through mobile technology, by adding new services and new opportunities for women. We have a strong belief in the power of mobile technology to empower women in being agents of economic and social development.”
As a next step, Asiacell is launching two pilot projects to continue closing the gender gap in mobile service, especiallyin rural regions, where mobile penetration for women remains in the single digits. These projects include opening stores which are servicedexclusively by saleswomen, and routing Almas customers’ calls to a customer care centre staffed by female customer service staff.This enhanced customer experience will help make customers feel more comfortable.
The GSMA report, ‘Women and Mobile: A Global Opportunity,’ conducted in partnership with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and Vital Wave Consulting in 2010, found that among women who own mobile phones in low- and middle-income countries, 90 percent feel more safe and connected with friends and family, 85 percent feel more independent, and 41 percent have increased their income or economic opportunities.
Across a wide range of governmental and NGOs, there is a growing consensus that the provision of mobile services and applications for women can be cost efficient and can scale all over the developing world, particularly given thereliability and depth of infrastructure provided by operators. With leading companies like Asiacell working with organisations such as the GSMA, there are strong grounds for optimism about the potential for future development.
متجاوزة كافة العقبات
شركة آسياسيل للاتصالات مدرجة في سوق العراق للاوراق المالية
تموز 2012: أعلنت شركة آسياسيل للاتصالات ادراجها في سوق العراق للاوراق المالية بعد حصولها على موافقة هيئة الاوراق المالية بموجب قرارها الصادر في جلستها الثامنة لعام 2012. وتأتي هذه الخطوة تنفيذا لبنود عقد منح رخصة العمل المبرم بين شركة آسياسيل و هيئة الاعلام و الاتصالات.
و قال فاروق مصطفى رسول، المدير المفوض انه على الرغم من الصعوبات و المعوقات التي واجهتها الشركة في تحولها الى شركة مساهمة خاصة و اخذ الموافقات لدخول السوق ، إلا أن اصرار الشركة للوصول الى هذا الهدف أدى الى الوصول الى هذه المرحلة المهمة مبينا بان إدراج شركة آسياسيل هو الاول من نوعه في سوق العراق للاوراق المالية من بين مشغلي الهاتف النقال.
و اضاف المدير المفوض قائلا "إن إدراج الشركات في السوق يوفر لها العديد من المزايا والإيجابيات التي لا تتوفر لها خارج السوق من حيث معرفة الجمهور بها ومتابعة نشاطاتها و الاستثمار في اسهمها مما يؤثر ايجابا على فتح المجال للاستثمار في الشركات الوطنية و للنهوض بواقع الاقتصاد العراقي ."
و صرح فاروق مصطفى رسول " ان العمل مستمر لتكملة الاجراءات الضرورية للبدء بتداول اسهم الشركة و حينها نصبح أول شركة اتصالات يتم التداول بأسهمها في السوق كما و ننتطلع لمساهمة أكبر في توسيع النشاط الاقتصادي في العراق ".
السليمانية ـ العراق، 10 تموز 2012: وصلت منذ فترة مجموعة من الرسائل و الاتصالات المشكوكة الى مشتركي آسياسيل، تبلغ المشتركين بأنهم حصلوا على جوائز وتشجعهم على الاتصال برقم معين.
مصدر هذه الرسائل هي بضعة مواقع في الانترنت من خارج العراق القصد منها الخداع وسرقة رصيد المشتركين، لذا تناشد شركة آسياسيل مشتركيها بأن يهملوا تلك الرسائل وأن لا يحاولوا الاتصال بهذه الارقام الواردة فيها إطلاقا.
وحول هذا الموضوع تحدث عبدالله حسن مدير الاعلام و العلاقات العامة لشركة آسياسيل قائلا "مع وصول هذه الرسائل، سوف تجد آسياسيل تلك المصادر ويتم وقفها، وبالفعل تمت ايقاف مجموعة منها لحد الآن."
وأضاف قائلا بأن شركة آسياسيل لديها نظام (Anti-Spam) المتقدم، لإجتثاث تلك الرسائل التي تصل الى مشتركي آسياسيل. هذه المشكلة ليست متعلقة بآسياسيل فقط، بل أن الكثير من شركات الهاتف النقال في معظم انحاء العالم تعاني منها، وهناك الكثير من الشركات تستخدم التكنولوجيا المتقدمة لغرض خداع الناس في الكثير من دول العالم.
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يتزامن مع تنظيم حفل زفاف جماعي لـ25 شاب وشابة من ابناء المحافظة
آسياسيل تقيم مهرجاناً تسويقياً في محافظة ذي قار
حزيران 2012: أقامت شركة آسياسيل للاتصالات المتنقلة في العراق مهرجاناً في مدينة الناصرية مركز محافظة ذي قار يوم التاسع عشر من شهر حزيران الجاري هو الاول من نوعه خلال هذا العام.
وقال مدير العلاقات العامة والاعلام في الشركة عبد الله حسن ان آسياسيل ستنظم هذا المهرجان الذي سيستمر لمدة اسبوع في مدينة الناصرية مركز محافظة ذي قار على قاعة بهو بلدية الناصرية، لخدمة أهالي المحافظة من خلال تقديم أفضل العروض التي تناسب أهاليها، معتبراً إقامة مثل هذه الأحتفاليات ماهو ألا دليل على قرب الشركة من المواطنين ومحاولة رسم البسمة على وجوههم.
وبين حسن ان المهرجان سيتخلله تقديم عروض للشركة بأسعار تنافسية وعروض مسرحية وفعاليات شعر شعبي، فضلاً عن عروض بهلوانية للاطفال, ومفاجأت مثيرة أضافة الى جوائز عديدة.
وأكد ان أقامة هذا المهرجان في تلك المحافظة العزيزة، ستتزامن مع تنظيم حفل زفاف جماعي لاكثر من 25 شاب و شابة من ابناء المحافظة، اضافة الى القيام برعاية عدد من المشاريع الخيرية و الاجتماعية بما يسهم بالنهوض بواقع ذوي الدخل المحدود في محافظة ذي قار.
قبل مشاركة المنتخب الوطني في الدور الحاسم المؤهل لكأس العالم 2014
وفد من آسياسيل يتفقد المنتخب العراقي في معسكره التدريبي في اسطنبول
آيار 2012: قام وفد رفيع المستوى من شركة آسياسيل للاتصالات المتنقلة في العراق بزيارة المنتخب العراقي لكرة القدم في معسكره التدريبي في اسطنبول، لمساندته ورفع معنوياته وتقديم الهدايا العينية لاعضاءه والكادر الاداري والطبي الذي يرافقه.
وقال مدير العلاقات العامة والاعلام لآسياسيل عبدالله حسن ان هذه الزيارة و تكريم اللاعبين وكادر المنتخب الوطني،جاء تحفيزاً من إدارة الشركة قبيل بدء مبارياتهم في الدور الحاسم الآسيوي المؤهل لكأس العالم 2014 في البرازيل الشهر المقبل.
وبين مدير العلاقات العامة والاعلام لشركة آسياسيل ان الشركة تتمنى للمنتخب الوطني العراقي تحقيق نتائج جيدة في هذا الدور المؤهل والحاسم لنهائيات كأس العالم،وتجاوز الفرق الاربعة التي تتضمنها مجموعته والتي سيلعب معها أعتباراً من الشهر المقبل،وأعادة رسم الفرحة والابتسامة على وجوه الشعب العراقي بعد النتائج التي حققها في الدور الاول بالتأهل الى هذه التصفيات النهائية.
يذكر ان شركة آسياسيل للاتصالات المتنقلة في العراق تعتبر الراعي الرسمي للمنتخب الوطني العراقي منذ عام2010،وقامت بدعمه وتحفيزه خلال الأستحقاقات الرياضية السابقة.
نيسان 2012– نظم المقهى الثقافي في السليمانية برعاية شركة آسياسيل الحملة الوطنية لجعل القراءة جزءا من ثقافتنا التي بدأت اعمالها يوم 11/4/2012 و ستستمر لمئة يوم بهدف نشر الثقافة بين المواطنين.
وقال مدير الاعلام و العلاقات العامة في آسياسيل عبدالله حسن "سيتم من خلال المئة اليوم للحملة إقامة العديد من المعارض المتنقلة للكتب في معظم مناطق محافظة السليمانية، يرافق ذلك عقد العديد من الندوات والمؤتمرات حول التوعية الثقافية وتنمية روح القراءة والمطالعة لدى المواطنين."
وكانت شركة آسياسيل قد رعت مؤخراً أعمال معرض أربيل الدولي السابع للكتاب الذي أقامته مؤسسة المدى للإعلام والثقافة والفنون بالتعاون مع وزارة الثقافة والشباب في إقليم كردستان في الثاني من شهر نيسان الجاري،بمشاركة (350) دار نشر محلية وعربية وأجنبية من سبع وثلاثين دولة.
April 2012 - Asiacell recently received a letter of gratitude from the director of the Anbar Environment Department, in appreciation of the company’s efforts in succeeding the environment forum of Anbar Governorate.
Dr. Diar Ahmed, CEO of Asiacell, expressed pride at receiving the letter, stating, “We thank the Anbar environment directorate for this generous gesture. This letter of gratitude spurs us to increase our community-based efforts in line with our genuine interest in meeting our social responsibilities and supporting social development in Iraq.” He also voiced hope that through this initiative, Asiacell would be able to ease the work environment activities, and provide them with an incentive to continue serving the Iraqi nation to the best of their abilities.
نيسان 2012: شهد معرض أربيل الدولي السابع للكتاب الذي رعت أنشطته شركة آسياسيل للاتصالات المتنقلة في العراق،اقبالاً منقطع النظير من قبل المواطنين من شتى الشرائح، داعين الى ضرورة تكرار مثل هذه التظاهرات الثقافية في المستقبل.
وكان المعرض الذي افتتح يوم الاثنين الماضي على أرض متنزه سامى عبدالرحمن بمشاركة (350) دار نشر محلية وعربية وأجنبية من سبع وثلاثين دولة.
وسيستمر هذا المعرض الذي تقيمه مؤسسة المدى للاعلام والثقافة والفنون بالتعاون مع وزارة الثقافة والشباب في إقليم كردستان لغاية الحادي عشر من نيسان الجاري،حيث يحوي الالاف من العناوين المتميزة في مختلف التخصصات المعرفية والتي تلبي حاجة المكتبات العامة والمختصة،فضلاً عن ماتمنحه دور النشر من فرصة لطيف واسع من القراء للأطلاع على احدث ماصدر من كتب ومصادر ثقافية وعلمية حديثة على المستوى الدولي.
وقالت المدير العام في وزارة الثقافة والشباب فيان يوسف في مؤتمر صحفي عقد على هامش أفتتاح المعرض"أنه تم توفير جميع التسهيلات لأنجاح هذا المعرض،منبهةً الى وجود مشكلة مادية كانت قد واجهت فريق عمل المعرض في البداية،ألا انه تم تجاوزها بنجاح من خلال التعاون مع شركة آسياسيل التي قامت برعاية المعرض وتثبيت الإعلانات الضوئية والبوسترات داخل المعرض ومناطق متفرقة في مدينة أربيل."
بدوره اعرب السيد فاروق مصطفى رسول،المدير المفوض لشركة آسياسيل "عن اهتمامه بهذا الحدث الكبير والمتميز الذي يقام في مدينة اربيل كل عام منذ سبع سنوات،وأن تكون الشركة سبّاقة في دعم الحركة الثقافية والأدبية في العراق بما يسهم والنهوض بواقع تلك الحركة في عموم البلاد،لافتاً الى اعتزازه بالمشاركة ورعاية معرض أربيل الدولي للكتاب،آملين أن نساهم بفاعلية في النهوض بواقعنا الثقافي وتقديم الفائدة الأدبية المرجوة لأبناء وطننا."
وستتخلل دورة هذا العام العديد من الأنشطة الثقافية والفنية،فبالاضافة الى حفلي الافتتاح والختام ستتم أستضافة شخصيات ثقافية واعلامية وفنية،واقامة الحلقات الدراسية المتخصصة،وحفلات التوقيع لعدد من المؤلفات،واستضافة عدد من مؤلفي الكتب للحديث عن تجاربهم في الكتابة
April 2012 – Asiacell received a letter of appreciation from the Chairman of the Nainawa Provincial Council Mr. Jabir Muhammed Abd Rabuh. The letter is a result of the culmination of Asiacell’s outstanding efforts to providing the best products and mobile services to the Iraqi people.
In his letter of appreciation, the Chairman of the Nainawa Provincial Council referred to the importance of the products and services provided by Asiacell, especially with regards to the people living in the Nainawa area indicating that these services have become necessities to all Iraqi citizens.
Commenting on this kind gesture, Faruk Mustafa Rasoll, Asiacell's Managing Director, expressed his deep gratitude and appreciation, stating: “We thank the Chairman of the Nainawa Council, Mr. Jabir Abd Rabuh for his appreciation of our efforts. This kind gesture is clear evidence that we are committed to providing leading services to the Iraqi consumer, and our company’s dedication to high moral values and the utmost professionalism. The letter also reflects the satisfaction of the Government and the administration with regards to our valuable services.
Rasool also added: “The letter of appreciation instills in us further national responsibility as a leading Iraqi company that contributes to the country’s economy, to remain at the forefront of companies, and to maintain the good reputation that we have established to remain the number one choice for telecommunication services in Iraq.”
آذار 2012: حصلت شركة آسياسيل للاتصالات المتنقلة في العراق على لقب افضل شركة اتصالات عاملة في العراق لعام 2011، بحسب استفتاء نظمته مؤسسة روز ميديا الاعلامية الثقافية الدولية.
وكانت المؤسسة قد اجرت استفتاءاً نهاية العام الماضي لبعض المؤسسات الاعلامية والثقافية والخدمية وشركات الاتصال العاملة في العراق، واعلنت نتائجه بمراسيم اقيمت في بغداد، حيث تم اختيار شركة آسياسيل لتكون بمصاف المؤسسات الخدمية الافضل خلال العام الماضي نظراً لما قدمتها من خدمة لمشتركيها، وطرح العديد من العروض لهم.
وقال مدير العلاقات العامة والاعلام في الشركة عبدالله حسن ان هذا اللقب الذي حصلت عليه شركة آسياسيل جاء نتيجة الجهود المتواصلة من قبل أدارة الشركة والملاك العامل فيها ليل نهار على تقديم افضل الخدمات للمشتركين الذين يعود لهم الفضل في ان تكون شركة آسياسيل في مقدمة الشركات المختصة بالهاتف النقال العاملة في العراق.
يذكر انه خلال هذا العام تم ترشيح منتج شركة آسياسيل "خط الماس" من قبل منظمة ( GSM) الدولية لنيل جائزة كلوبل موبايل أوارد ( Awards Global Mobile 2012).
باعتباره "أفضل انجاز خدمي في مجال الموبايل للنساء في البلدان النامية حديثا" وأعتبرت حينها شركة آسياسيل اول شركة عراقية تضمنتها قائمة الترشيح الى جانب شركات عالمية معتبرة ومشهورة في مجال التكنلوجيا والاتصالات ومنها شركة كوكل وأبل وفيسبوك.
March 2012 - Asiacell announced a 9 million free second calling promotion for nine of its subscribers who win in contest.
In October 2011 Asiacell subscriber base exceeded 9 million reiterating the current position of the company among the biggest in the region.
"Asiacell’s exceeding is an indication that we could gain the trust of our citizens a fact that will urge us to serve them more and offer them best services and products with good quality” said Faruk Mustafa Rasool, Asiacell Managing Director.
Mr. Rasool went further to state” I would like to grasp this chance to thank all Asiacell staff and experts who could sincerely achieve this success and I also thank and congratulate all our customers and we promise them to keep our title as to remain the best choice for Iraqis in telecommunications services”.
Regarding the 9 million free second calling promotions, Abdulla Hassan, Public Relations and Media manager at Asiacell stated “on the occasion of reaching, Asiacell arranges a contest in which the 9 winning subscribers will get 9 million free calling seconds.
“The contest period will be between March 6th and April 6th and the subscribers can send a blank SMS, free of charge, to 9900 and a draw will follow to announce the lucky 9 winners.” explained Hassan.
Sulaimaniya, Iraq – Asiacell, the first mobile operator in Iraq, announced today that its pioneer product for Iraqi women, Almas Line, has been selected as a finalist by the GSMA for its 2012 Global Mobile Awards. Almas Line was shortlisted in the “Best Mobile Product or Service for Women in Emerging Markets” category. Asiacell, the only Middle Eastern firm nominated, will proudly represent Iraq along some of the prestigious innovators of the technology industry such as Apple, Google or Facebook which are also nominated.
“Reflecting the intensity of competition and innovation across the mobile ecosystem, we saw a record 600 entries and an exceptionally high quality field of contenders vying for this year’s Global Mobile Awards”, said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “It is a significant achievement to have made the shortlist, and our warmest congratulations go to all the nominees announced today. We look forward to the unveiling of the winners at the Mobile World Congress next month”.
By selecting Almas Line as a finalist, the GSMA has recognized the groundbreaking and innovative approach displayed by Asiacell in bridging the mobile phone gender gap. Almas Line was introduced in 2011 and has since been adopted by more than 540,000 Iraqi women. Its features have been specifically tailored for Iraqi women: customized off-peak times, discounted tariffs, women-oriented VAS, etc. all of which account for its popularity among Iraqi women.
This exceptional recognition from the GSMA is a reward for the contribution Asiacell played over the past decade in constantly bringing innovations to the Iraqi people, and as such becoming a catalyst of the spectacular growth the country is experiencing.
“This award is an important recognition of the innovation and imagination that Asiacell is delivering to its female customers. We thank the GSMA for this nomination, and we look forward to continuing our work to bridge the mobile phone gender gap and drive the growth of Iraq’s digital sector”, said Faruk Mustafa Rasool, Asiacell’s Managing Director. “Supporting the different components of Iraqi society, and especially women, is part of our ethical consideration and we intend to intensify our efforts to generate more growth and to add value to humanitarian field through our products and services”, Added Rasool.
February 2012 - Asiacell – the first and largest private Iraqi telecommunications company that provides coverage for all of Iraq – recently received a letter of gratitude from Mosul Municipality Directorate for supplying technical equipment to support the GPS project in the city.
In his letter, Mr. Abdullstar Al-Haboo Directorate of Mosul municipality commended Asiacell on its valuable efforts and thanked the company for its continuous support to the Iraqi municipal sector in Ninawa Governorate, expressing hopes to see similar efforts from other private sector companies.
Commenting on the kind gestures, Abdulla Hassan, the Public Relations and Media Manager at Asiacell said that Asiacell’s move corresponds with its commitment to ensuring that the Iraqi people’s needs are met. “No company can call itself a responsible corporate citizen unless it serves public interest, which is what we strive to consistently do at Asiacell. As a private Iraqi company, we feel that it is our duty to support national efforts in catering to the special needs of our fellow citizens. Accordingly, we look forward to future opportunities for cooperation with our partners at the ministry of municipalities & public works; we hope that our contribution has played a role in supporting the efforts of municipal service in Mosul.
January 2012 - Asiacell is the formal sponsor of the Third Kurdish Youth Festival ongoing in the United States capital Washington DC. Kurdish students and Kurdish lobby in Europe and North America are widely participating in the festival.
Dozens of Kurdish dignitaries, talented youth, artists and writers are participating by presenting works in their fields of creativity in a bid to introduce the Kurdish art, literature and heritage.
“Asiacell was always a pioneer in taking care of inventive works and now we are sponsoring the Kurdish Youth Festival in Washington”, said Abdulla Hassan, Asiacell public relations and media manager. Hassan added that the importance of the festival is obvious as it will contribute in promoting Kurdish culture and further introduces it to the American public.
Regarding the initiative of Asiacell, Nuha Sarraj the member of the organizing committee of the festival stated that Asiacell immensely contributed in achieving their objectives. “We all know how active Asiacell is in sponsoring events and in involving in corporate social responsibility activities in Kurdistan and Iraq and this new move of its sponsor of the Third Kurdish Youth Festival will introduce Asiacell to the American audiences and will prove that there are responsible businesses in our country”, Said Sarraj.
The first two days of the festival is taking place at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, and the third day (final party) will take place at the Waterford in Springfield at the US capital Washington..
22 December 2011, Sulaimaniyah: In accordance with Companies Law No. 21 of 1997 (as amended) and in line with the conclusion of the process to convert the Company from a private limited liability company to a private joint stock company, Asiacell held on the 19th December 2011 its first inaugural General Assembly Meeting of Shareholders as a private joint stock company, at which the following resolutions were passed:
June 2011 – As part of a series of terrorist attacks targeting its headquarters and towers, Asiacell – the first and largest private Iraqi telecommunications company and the only mobile telecom company providing coverage for all of Iraq – was subjected to another attack on two of its towers in Al Rifai and Al Harmat over the past few days led by a group of armed terrorists, which resulted in communication disruptions in a number of areas.
Asiacell immediately reported the unfortunate incident to Nineveh’s headquarters, intelligence and security units, in addition to all concerned military forces in Mosul. The company also requested protection for all of its towers and buildings across Iraq.
Dr. Diar Ahmed, CEO of Asiacell, explained that the company immediately began exerting all efforts to restore services in affected areas. He also stressed that these violent, terrorist acts will not deter Asiacell from fulfilling its commitment to provide Iraqi citizens across the nation, particularly subscribers in Mosul, with unique, advanced, and high quality telecom services.
Asiacell also expressed its gratitude to the military forces and security units for their support and response to the company’s request in providing protection for all its towers in Mosul.
May 2011 - Asiacell – the first and largest private Iraqi telecommunications company and the only mobile telecom company providing coverage for all of Iraq – has announced launching its Allo Chat service. This service enables Asiacell postpaid and prepaid subscribers to easily voice chat with each other while on the go, keeping them connected with thousands of users on theAsiacell network.
Service features include person-to-person voice chat, as well as access to various chat rooms such as the Health & Fitness, Music Stars, Love & Beauty, and Horoscopes channels. Subscribers can also send voice messages to offline users, and can choose, listen to and share songs from an extensive music library with friends.
Asiacell customers can subscribe to the Allo Chat service for only IQD 250 per minute by calling 09009999 and registering their name and profile.
Jamal Omer, Product and Services Manger in Asiacell, said that the launch of the Allo Chat service at such a competitive price corresponds with the Company’s interest in offering affordable, value added services, and is in line with its dedication to continuously provide the Iraqi telecom market with advanced, user-friendly services that keep customers up to date on the latest telecom developments.
May 2011 - Asiacell – the first and largest private Iraqi telecommunications company and the only mobile telecom company providing coverage for all of Iraq – has received a letter of gratitude from the Director of the holy province of Karbala’s Health Department, Dr. Ala Hamoudi, in recognition of the Company’s collaboration with the Iraqi Ministry of Health, and in appreciation of its efforts in providing 40 electric wheelchairs to healthcare organizations across the province.
Dr. Diar Ahmed, CEO of Asiacell, thanked the Karbala Health Department for this generous gesture, saying that the initiative corresponds to the Company’s interest in playing an active social role by supporting Iraqis in general and citizens with special needs in particular. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to help the healthcare sector in collaboration with the Iraqi Ministry of Health. We hope that this initiative, which comes in line with Asiacell’s interest in contributing to socioeconomic development, has helped the physically disabled in our community,” he said.
Asiacell gladly announces the launch of the new Information IVR for Prepaid & Postpaid customers by calling free number 131.
Customers calling 131 will get information about:
April 2011 - Asiacell – the first and largest private Iraqi telecommunications company and the only mobile telecom company providing coverage for all of Iraq – has donated the sum of USD 50,000 to the Garmyan University, recently established in Kurdistan, to contribute to needed educational requirements and facilities at the University.
Asiacell’s donation affirms the Company’s keen interest in supporting the Iraqi education sector, namely emerging universities, and reflects its strong belief that assisting educational institutions and the young generation of future graduates is a social responsibility that lies on all national institutions in Iraq.
“Iraqi universities are providing our youth with tools to develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities needed to enter the work market and make an effective contribution to the construction and progress of Iraq,” said Faruq Mustafa Rasul Asiacell chairman. He said the Company has chosen to support Garmyan University “being a young education institution that needs various equipment and facilities,” voicing hopes that the donation will help support higher education in Iraq and contribute to the country’s developmental efforts.
President of the Garmyan University, Prof.Faruq Abdulla Karim, praised Asiacell’s initiative as a responsible contribution that aims to support the local community in various fields, and expressed appreciation of the Company’s financial contribution, which he said “will be of big help to the University.”
Garmyan University, recently established in Kurdistan, hosts four faculties and 21 departments. So far a total of 5,700 students attend the various departments as freshmen.
April 2011 – Asiacell – the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq – took part in the 2nd Telecommunication Conference, organized by Iraq’s Ministry of Communication between 14 and 16 March 2011 at Al-Elwiya Club in Baghdad. Representatives of the public and private sectors attended the Conference, where Asiacell was recognized as the best GSM operator in Iraq.
Faruq Mustafa Rasul, Asiacell Chairman voiced the Company’s pride in receiving the award for best GDM operator, saying the Ministry of Communication’s recognition of the Company’s performance would only serve to reassert its commitment to continue presenting high quality, modern services to the Iraqi people. “I thank the Ministry for this good gesture, which embodies Asiacell’s keen interest to keep up the hard work in the service of the Iraqi telecommunication sector, while seeking to take it to further heights.”
The 2nd Telecommunication Conference is a leading event in Iraq that aims to upgrade telecommunication services presented to the Iraqi market. It convened this year following the big success that the 1st Conference was able to achieve. “Asiacell’s participation reflects our belief in the importance of pubic private sector cooperation in the implementation of high level projects that could contribute to economic development in the country,” said Faruq Mustafa, voicing hope that the Conference would bring about positive outcome that further benefits Iraq’s vital communication sector.
The Conference reviewed a variety of topics through researches and presentations with the participation of the Mosul University, Baghdad University, Babil University, Iraq’s CMC and the Ministry of Science of Technology.
Two main researches were presented, one by the CMC on the effect of external interferences on mobile networks, and another by the University of Mosul on the environmental effects of EMF. Other topics included the security of telecommunication data, telecommunication networks and electronic government.
نيسان 2011 ـ رداً على البيان الصحفي الذي أطلقته شركة زين خلال الأيام الماضية، فإنها كعادتها آسياسيل السباقة في تقديم الحقيقة كما هي لمواطننا العراقي بدون شائبة تشوبها ولا عباراتٍ رنانةٍ لتضليل الرأي العام. وعليه كان لا بد لنا من توضيح ما هو آت للوقوف على حقيقة الأمر أمام الوطن والمواطن.
عندما قررنا قطع الاتصال بالخطوط غير القانونية لدى شركة زين فإن ذلك كان التزاماً منا بتعليمات هيئة الاعلام والاتصالات العراقية ولم يكن وليد اللحظة كما ألمحت للأسف شركة زين في بيانها المذكور آنفاً وإنما كان حصيلةَ مراسلاتٍ عدةٍ وكتبٍ رسميةٍ لدى كافة الجهات الحكومية. وليس غريباً على شركة آسياسيل التزامها بتعليمات الهيئة فنحن كنا دائماً السبَّاقين إلى الالتزام بالقانون والعمل ضمن أُطرٍ تنافسيةٍ سليمة نترفع فيها عن مخالفة القانون للوصول إلى أهدافنا. هذه مبادئُنا كشركة عراقية نضع هم المواطن نصب أعيننا، فعراقيتنا تفرض علينا الشفافية والمهنية في كافة نشاطاتنا التسويقة. لذلك كان لا بد من التنويه إلى أن القطع كان ولا زال بناءً على أوامر الهيئة، ولن نعاود الاتصال من هذه الخطوط غير القانونية إلا بناءاً على تعليمات واضحة من الهيئة.
كما أن تصريح شركة زين بأن لديها من المشتركين اثني عشر مليونا يُعدُ مستغرباً ذلك أن تشغيل ملايين الأرقام غير المرخصة على شبكتها هو ما أتاح لهذه الشركة منح فترات صلاحية طويلة جداً وأوصلها لهذا العدد غير الدقيق لمشتركيها، ناهيكم إلى أن شركة زين قد قامت على استخواذ شركة عراقُنا سابقاً، فعليه ليس من اللائق بمكان ادعاء هذا العدد الضخم خاصة أن الوصول إليه لم يكن باختيار المواطن العراقي بقدر ما هو ممارسات خارج الأُطر القانونية والتي قامت هيئة الاعلام والاتصالات مشكورة بوضع حد لها كما يقتضيه القانون ودورها الرقابي.
هذا وإن إعلان شركة زين إطلاق خدماتها في إقليم كردستان لا يعدُ إنجازاً يذكر فإن من واجبها تغطية كافة المحافظات العراقية كما فعلت آسياسيل منذ أكثر من سنتين، ثم إن نشر الخدمة في الإقليم يعني إيصالها إلى كافة أرجاء الاقليم وليس فقط مناطق محدودة لأجل مكاسب إعلانية محضة، هذا ويُذكر هنا أن قيمة استثمار آسياسيل في الشبكة في العام الفائت تعدت أربعة أضعاف ما استثمرته شركة زين لذات الفترة مُستندين في هذا إلى البيانات الرسمية الخاصة بزين العراق لدى شركة زين الكويتية الأم، ذلك أننا نصل الليل في النهار لايصال خدماتنا لكل مواطن عراقي بدون الحاجة لاعلان ذلك مؤمنين بالحق المكتسب للمواطن العراقي في الحصول على أفضل الخدمات.
ومن الجدير بالذكر إلى أن شركة آسياسيل قد حازت على لقب أكبر وأفضل شركة موبايل على مستوى العراق في المؤتمر الثاني لوزارة الاتصالات العراقية الذي عُقد أواسط الشهر الماضي في بغداد. لقب لم نكن بطالبيه ولم نختاره ولكن أُهدي إلينا تقديراً لما لنا من إنجازات رغم التحديات في هذا الوطن. إن عراقيتنا تنأى بنا من الخوض في تغييب الوقائع عن المواطن العراقي أو تحريف الحقيقة للتأثير على الرأي العام من خلال بياناتٍ صحفيةٍ غير صحيحة، هذا نهجنا كعراقيين ولن نقف أبداً مكتوفي الأيدي إزاء أي محاولات للنيل من الحقيقة في عراقنا الجديد.
March 2011 – Asiacell – the first and largest private Iraqi telecommunications company and the only mobile telecom company providing coverage for all of Iraq – has announced that it has no intention of resuming interconnection with millions of unlicensed Zain lines, unless the Iraqi Communication and Media Commission (CMC) issues a decision to that effect.
The CMC had requested all Iraqi telecom companies, in a letter dated 17 February 2011, to stop interconnection with all unlicensed lines, to which Asiacell adhered and discontinued connectivity with millions of SIM cards. As a result, unlicensed Zain subscribers were unable to make or receive off-net calls to Asiacell lines.
Asiacell has said that it had not taken any action toward disconnection prior to receiving the Commission’s letter, despite being fully aware of Zain’s legal infractions when it was fined, and in spite of the significant financial losses it suffered as a result of Zain’s distribution of millions of unlicensed SIMs in Iraq. Asiacell has clarified that its decision to wait until it received official orders before taking action was based on its commitment to protecting the public’s best interests.
Furthermore, Asiacell has revealed that all its lines are licensed by the CMC, denying that it has ever released in the market any unlicensed SIMs. Asiacell also affirmed that it operates in the interest of its customers, seeking to provide them with top quality services and in compliance with the laws, regulations and specifications of the CMC. The Company said that it has never violated the laws in order not to inflict even the slightest loss on its customers, who have reached today some eight million subscribers across Iraq’s 18 provinces.
Looking to the future, Asiacell has pledged better, more advanced services to its subscribers, while affirming its commitment to the CMC law, which clearly stipulates that all decisions issued by the CMC Director General stay valid until otherwise stated. Consequently, and in accordance with the law, Asiacell did not have the jurisdiction to act differently, contrary to Zain’s preferred course of action. “Any decision becomes effective immediately despite any appeals that might have been submitted to contest it,” said the Company.
The Company is currently considering legal action against Zain for the most recent damages to its reputation in its market. Asiacellhad earlier urged the CMC, in a letter, to put an end to Zain’s repeated infringements and to expedite the process of having all other telecom companies cease interconnection with unlicensed Zain lines in order to clarify the situation to Iraqi customers.
March 2011 – Asiacell has refuted recent media claims that its discontinued interconnection with a host of Zain lines is due to technical problems from Asiacell’s side. The company expressed dismay over the unfounded allegations and media propaganda that only serve to mislead Iraqis and evade placing responsibility where it is due. The claims arose after Zain misinformed its unlicensed line users via an automated voice message that the disconnection is the result of a technical malfunction on Asiacell’s part.
Asiacell clarified that the disconnection came in response to the Iraqi Communication and Media Commission’s (CMC) orders to all telecom companies to stop interconnection with all unlicensed lines, and stated that Zain has distributed millions of unlicensed SIMs across Iraq. The company went on to stress that all telcos – including itself – have stopped their interconnection to avoid legal ramifications, as the CMC had requested in its letter No. 969 dated 17th February 2011 that all telecom companies cease interconnections with unlicensed lines or face legal action in accordance with the relevant contracts and CMC regulations.
It is worth noting that Asiacell only cut its interconnection after it had received the CMC’s abovementioned letter, despite being aware of Zain’s legal infractions when it was fined, and in spite of the significant financial losses that Asiacell has suffered as a result of Zain’s distribution of millions of unlicensed SIMs in Iraq. Asiacell’s decision to wait until it received official orders before taking action was based on its commitment to protecting the public’s best interests.
Asiacell denied Zain’s voice message statement attributing the disconnection to technical issues, and demanded that Zain comply with honorable competitiveness principles and not mislead Iraqi citizens through misrepresentation and the clouding of facts. The company also stated that the claims were both unlawful and immoral, and demanded that the company stop defaming Asiacelland violating the common decency and values of Iraqi society.
The company is currently considering legal action against Zain for the most recent damages to its reputation in its market. Asiacell has also sent an official letter to the CMC asking that it put an end to Zain’s repeated infringements and that it expedite the process of having all other telecom companies cease interconnection with unlicensed Zain lines in order to clarify the situation to Iraqi customers.
Asiacell renewed its commitment to the CMC’s laws and regulations, which clearly stipulate that all decisions passed by the Head Commissioner of CMC remain in effect until officially stated otherwise. Asiacell could not disregard the law by ignoring the CMC’s directives as Zain would have preferred, as the CMC’s directives came into effect as soon as they were issued.
March 2011 – In compliance with the directives of the Iraqi Communications and Media Commission (CMC) in its letter No. 969 dated 17 February 2011 and addressed to all mobile telecom companies, Asiacell – the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq – has disconnected on 1 March 2011 its frame relay with several millions of Zain Iraq lines, all of which have not been legally licensed by the CMC.
In its letter, the CMC stressed that neither Zain nor any other company may activate or market any new line without the Commission’s prior consent. The CMC also requested that all telecom companies immediately discontinue their interconnection with unlicensed lines under threat of litigation. Based on these directives, Asiacell has disconnected these lines to avoid legal ramifications.
Asiacell retains its legal right to demand compensation from Zain for distributing millions of unlicensed SIM cards, thus significantly damaging Asiacell’s market position by hindering its ability to supply the Iraqi market with the necessary amount of SIM cards and forcing Asiacell to reuse old lines for some of its offers. Moreover, Zain’s actions have resulted in limiting the amount of lines available toAsiacell, which has stunted the company’s ability to launch new offers that benefit Iraqis in various provinces.
March 2011 - Asiacell – the first and largest private Iraqi telecommunications company and the only mobile telecom company providing coverage for all of Iraq – recently received a letter of gratitude from the Head of the Nineveh Traffic Department, Mr. Nashwan Abdullah Jassim Al Khazraji, in appreciation of the company’s efforts in setting up pedestrian shelters across the province.
Asiacell distributed 50 pedestrian shelters across various intersections in Mosul and the Nineveh province’s districts as a gesture of appreciation to traffic officers for their valued efforts in organizing traffic and to motivate them to continue their diligent service of the province’s residents.
Dr. Diar Ahmed, CEO of Asiacell, expressed pride at receiving the letter, stating, “We thank the Nineveh Traffic Department for this generous gesture. This letter of gratitude spurs us to increase our community-based efforts in line with our genuine interest in meeting our social responsibilities and supporting social development in Iraq.” He also voiced hope that through this initiative, Asiacell would be able to ease the work of traffic officers, and provide them with an incentive to continue serving the Iraqi nation to the best of their abilities.
March 2011 – Asiacell – the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq – has announced on Friday, 18 February, that it received in Beirut two Pikasso d’Or awards in recognition of the company’s outstanding outdoor advertising activities.
Asiacell won the Pikasso Gold Award for its Corporate Coverage campaign covering all 18 Iraqi provinces, and the 8x3 Award for its Youth Line campaign. Mr. Harry Atalla, Technical Director of Wunderman - specialized in direct marketing and Asiacell’s former advertising agent - accepted the awards during an official ceremony at the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center, attended by 700 representatives from leading regional advertising agencies and clients.
The Pikasso d’Or jury, comprising renowned European creative advertising professionals, was presided over by Mr. Alain Weill, Expert in Contemporary Art and Advertising Creation from France, and Mr. Andrew Rawlins, Secretary General of Pikasso and CEO of Epica Awards. Other Jury members included Mr. Assaad Doueihy, Group Regional Creative Director of Intermarkets; Mr. Samer Younes, Regional Creative Director of M&C Saatchi; Mr. Alain Hochar, Regional Creative Director of Horizon FCB; Mr. Issa Marto, CEO of Kroma Promoseven/UM7 Jordan; and Mr. Mourad Ait-Aoudia, General Manager of McCann Algiers.
On behalf of Swar Ahmed Marco & PR Manger of Asiacell , Mr. Atalla thanked the Pikasso d’Or jury for their recognition of Asiacell, which he said serves to motivate the company to create bigger, better and stronger campaigns that cater to Iraqi telecom customers and their varying needs. “We are extremely proud to have received these two prestigious awards, which highlight our achievements during 2010.”
In turn, Mr. Antonio Vincenti – Chairman of Pikasso d’Or congratulated Asiacell on their achievement, and lauded the company’s team for playing a major role in making these awards possible, describing Asiacell’s campaign as a shining example of advertising ingenuity.
Pikasso d’Or is an annual prize that celebrates inspired billboard advertising models and rewards the best creative outdoor posters according to internationally recognized parameters.
A new offer from Asiacell to disconnected lines, recharge your disconnected line now with any denomination and receive 30 on-net free minutes. This offer is valid from February 23rd to March 23rd, 2011.
Asiacell mourns the death of its board member Mr. Basil Mahdi Al Rahim and his partner Mr. Abdullah Lahoud as a result of an unfortunate plane crash in Sulaimaniyah International Airport on the evening of Friday, the 4th of February 2011.
Basil was an Iraqi investor that deeply loved his people and his country. He was an example of intelligence, loyalty and devotion and his loss will be truly felt across Iraq. We have lost a fellow citizen who was dedicated to building the future of his country.
Abdulla was a young, decent, intelligent and ambitious man who had a bright future ahead of him.
Asiacell also mourns the death of J.P Morgan employees Mr. Morad Michal, Chief Executive Officer for the MENA, Turkey and Central Aisa, and Mr. Javier Zurita , Managing Director.
Asiacell is saddened by the tragic loss of the three flight crew members Captain Marwan, Captain Abdullah and crew member Stephanie.
We express our deepest condolences to all the victims families and friends and will remember this sad and tragic occasion always..
Faruk Mustafa Rasool
On behalf Asiacell Board and all Asiacell employees
AsiaCell postpaid customers have the ability to enquire about their (due bills & the used amount after issuing the last bill) through calling the USSD *144# then press ok, after that they will receive SMS notifying them about their due bills and the used amount after issuing the last bill.
The SMS will be sent according to the mobile system predefined language and subscribers can change the language by calling customer care 111.
This service is available for all current and new postpaid customers.
January 2011 – Within its efforts to provide the best telecom services to its subscribers, Asiacell – the first and largest Iraqi telecommunications company and the only mobile telecom company providing coverage for all of Iraq – announced that it is implementing a new and advanced electronic HR system at the company.
The first phase of implementing the project will include maintenance and technical support in addition to a number of Oracle based HR tasks that will be installed by Intracom IT Services in Middle East and North Africa, including the Oracle HR System, salary scheme, time management and recruitment. This new HR system will increase the overall efficiency of the HR processes at the company.
The system aims at improving the level of reports that are composed to support various administrative decisions, the monitoring of employee performance, and the development of salary scales, bonuses and various deductions with the utmost precision in order to increase overall efficiency and reduce costs. The Oracle based system is able to easily integrate with other existing applications at the company which will simplify the exchange of information and help achieve Asiacell’s goals of reaching the highest standards of productivity.
Once the first phase of the project is complete, Asiacell will be implementing the second phase which will include applying a number of additional systems that are related to the overall system including the Oracle Self Service HR System, the Oracle Learning Management System and the Oracle Performance Management System.
Commenting on this leading step, Miss Nian Abdulla, HR & Administration Director at Asiacell, said: “This HR project reflects our deep interest in modernizing the technologies we use in order to enhance the performance of our human resource capabilities and in turn provide the best telecom services to our subscribers who deserve the most outstanding services.”
Miss Nian Abdulla went on to add: “In spite of the challenges we are facing on a number of fronts, Asiacell continuously strives to develop its performance and improve the level of services on offer to exceed the expectations of our subscribers. Intracom are an ideal partner to achieve our goals and we look forward to finalizing all the phases of our project in the near future.”
In turn, Mr. Tarq Abu Sharar – General Manger in Intracom IT Services in Middle East and North Africa said: “We would first like to thank Asiacell for their trust in our services and reiterate how pleased we are to be cooperating with them on this project. We are confident that the project will enhance the company’s infrastructure and internal workflow. I would also like to take this opportunity to commend this ambitious company for its ongoing efforts to modernize and develop its services despite the difficult circumstances it is facing. This company’s serious commitment to success is something that all subscribers should look for.”
Mr.Zardasht Banaye, HR & Administration Senior Manger at Asiacell and the project Manger and also spoke about how proud she was of this project, and said: “Asiacell’s adoption of this advanced Oracle based HR system is indeed an achievement in keeping abreast with the latest ICT developments. We are confident that this system will allow us to uniquely offer the highest and most efficient performance indicators in the Iraqi market.”
Mr.Banaye add that: “Asiacell is about to implement the Oracle financial and management systems, and the implementation of these projects will help Iraq to have an electronic government system.”
December 2010 - Asiacell - the first and largest Iraqi telecommunication company and the only mobile telecom company providing coverage for all of Iraq – announced that it is sponsoring the printing of ten books by different Iraqi authors. The books will be published by the Iraqi Writers Union in Basra as part of the seventh Al-Marbid Poetry Festival held under the title ‘Dawrat Baland Al-Haidary’.
Asiacell’s sponsorship stems from its interest to remain at the forefront of supporters of the fine arts movement in Iraq, and to respond to the different needs of the local community in Iraq. The books that will be printed as part of Asiacell’s sponsorship include ‘Thekrayat Tanfud Al No’as’ by Hamed Abdul Samad Al-Basry; ‘Holm Fi Al-Masah’ by Aziz Al-Sa’ady; ‘Ameer Min Oar’ by Hussein Abdul Latif; ‘Arb’a Masrahiyat’ by Bunyan Saleh; ‘Qira’at Oula’ by Jasem Al-Ayef; ‘Kitab Qasa’ed Adam Al-Iraqi’ by Abdul Baqi Faraj; ‘Ozlah Bi Lawn Al-Bahar’ by Hussam Latif Al-Bahah; ‘Furaq La Yabloghuhu Al-Hanin’ by Taher Thaher Habib; ‘Ighteyal’ by Abdul Sattar Al-Ani; and ‘Al So’od Ela Al-Asfal’ by Nabil Jamil.
Commenting on the sponsorship, Abdulla Hasan, Media and Public relations head, said: “We take pride in participating in the seventh Al-Marbid Poetry Festival and in sponsoring the printing of ten different books by Iraqi authors. This initiative shows our support to Iraqi authors, who need our assistance in reviving our culture and creating new pieces of literature that correspond to contemporary changes. We believe in the important role they play in portraying an admirable image of Iraq, which we aspire to build by challenging all the hardships that we are facing.”
Hasan added: “Through our different initiatives, we continuously seek to contribute in an effective manner to provide value added initiatives to our fellow Iraqis in different sectors and especially the fine arts movement in Iraq.”
It is worth noting that the Al-Marbid Poetry Festival was launched at the Culture Center in Basra on the 23rd of March 2010, for a period of three days, and included the participation of 187 Iraqi poets residing in Iraq, fifty Iraqi authors residing in other countries, and a group of renowned Iraqi and foreign poets. The event also included folklore dances by Al-Bsara Group for Folklore Arts, poetry readings, book fairs, and painting and photography exhibitions. The festival’s agenda incorporated various critique sessions including a session on the accomplishments of the late poet Blend Al-Haidari, along with a study session and a short film about the late poet Bader Shaker Al-Seyyab under the title ‘Huna Yarqod Al-Mattar’. The festival also featured musical pieces played by the National Iraqi Symphony Orchestra who are continuously sponsored and supported by Asiacell.
With the arrival of 2011, Asiacell congratulates its employees and subscribers, and as it always accustomed them especially in such occasions by presenting different and profitable contests. It presents “Sanat Alkhair” competition starting on December 1st, 2010 till January 4th, 2011.
Subscribers can participate in this competition by sending 5 for the Arabic language and 9 for the Kurdish language to 1122 or by calling 09004300. By answering 3 random questions the subscribers will be qualified to enter the daily draw and win IQD 1,000,000 in cash. Answering any additional correct question will give the participant a new chance in the draw; all the daily participants will enter the weekly draw to win IQD 1,500,000 in cash. The participant with the highest accumulated points during the week will win the second weekly prize of IQD 1,500,000 as for each correct answer the subscriber gets 5 points and 3 points for each wrong answer. All the participants will enter the grand prize draw to win IQD 30,000,000 which will be conducted on January 4th, 2011.
The competition is exclusive for Asiacell subscribers.
The cost of sending each SMS is only 300 IQD and IQD 300/min.
We would like to inform everyone that the staff has no right to participate in the competitions Asiacell launched on the satellite channels and all media, In the case of participation of any employee should be aware that he/she’ll not deserve any award from those allocated to these competitions.
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New offer from Asiacell to existing and new subscribers, recharge with any Scratch Card and get free credit. To benefit from this offer, subscribers have to send an empty SMS to the short code 600 then make the recharge to get the free credit.
Below you can see schedule of the free credit / Scratch Card:
Free Credit / IQD
The offer is valid from September 27th till December 27th, 2010.
Asiacell launches a new promotion for its unregistered subscribers. Once the line is registered in any Asiacell shop or main dealers, subscribers will receive 50 FREE On- net minutes. Registering lines is important to avoid service interruptions.
The free On- net minutes are valid for 14 days.
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Asiacell - the first and largest Iraqi telecommunication company and the only mobile telecom company providing coverage for all of Iraq – and TransferTo, a leading provider of international airtime remittance services announced the launch of Asiacell’s International Airtime Transfer service.
With this new service, Asiacell and TransferTo will enable Iraqis living abroad to send small value transfers to their relatives and friends in Iraq in the form of prepaid top-ups. Low in cost, high in value, international prepaid mobile top-ups are the ideal complement to money remittances.
Whether residing in the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Spain, the USA, Qatar, Kuwait or any other country that is part of TransferTo network, any Iraqi will be able to recharge an Asiacell prepaid phone of their choice in Iraq. TransferTo prepaid airtime transfers are performed in real time, and are convenient and readily available through a number of multiple channels including POS to Phone, Phone to Phone, and Web to Phone.
Cross border top-ups offered by Asiacell will allow transfers in the following amounts: 5.000 IQD, 10.000 IQD, 25.000 IQD, and 100.000 IQD. Available at www.transferto.com with payments possible in over 250.000 POS across Europe, Australia & Canada, the service will also be offered in other regions such as the USA and a number of Gulf countries including Kuwait, KSA, Qatar and the UAE amongst others. Transfers are complete through TransferTo’s distribution partners including POS retailers and partner Mobile Network Operators that offer Phone to Phone airtime transfer services.
Eric Barbier, TransferTo CEO, said he is “convinced that Iraqis living abroad will find great value in this service enabling them to make instant gifts to their loved ones in Iraq” and added that “Asiacell is a major addition to the network of partner Mobile Network Operators that have joined the TransferTo Global Airtime Remittance Hub”.
“As the operator with the largest domestic coverage in Iraq, we are yet again confirming our commitment to offer products and services that meet the needs of our Iraqi subscribers wherever they are,” said Mr. Goran Mahmood, Wholesale and Roaming Manager at Asiacell. “We hope to bring Iraqis living abroad closer to their relatives living in Iraq,” Mr. Goran went on to say.
November 2010 - Asiacell - the first and largest Iraqi telecommunications company and the only mobile telecom company providing coverage for all of Iraq - announced the launch of a unique offer on prepaid lines. The offer provides free extra balance with every credit recharge, and includes all scratch card denominations available in the Iraqi market. The offer was launched on the 27th of September 2010, and will continue until the next three months.
Current Asiacell prepaid subscribers and interested customers from other networks can benefit from this offer by sending a one-time empty SMS to 600 for the price of ID 100. Subscribers will obtain free extra balance every time they recharge their credit during the offer’s validity period, which lasts 14 days after the last recharging date. The bonus credit can only be used to place on-net outgoing calls; subscribers can check their balance by dialing *600#.
Subscribers that subscribe to this offer will receive the following free bonus credit for each scratch card denomination: ID 300 extra balance on the ID 5,000 denomination, ID 800 extra balance on the ID 10,000 denomination, ID 3,000 extra balance on the ID 25,000 denomination, and ID 15,000 extra balance on the ID 100,000 denomination. The USD 5 denomination will receive an ID 400 bonus, the USD 10 denomination will receive an ID 1,100 bonus, the USD 20 denomination will receive an ID 2,500 bonus, the USD 30 denomination will receive an ID 4,000 bonus, the USD 50 denomination will receive an ID 7,000 bonus, and the USD 100 denomination will receive an ID 18,000 bonus.
Commenting on the offer, Mr. Ashraf Heiba, Senior Promotions & Loyalty Manager at Asiacell, said: “We aim through our new offer to provide exceptional services to a larger number of customers in Iraq in order to cater to the daily needs of our prepaid subscribers. This innovative offer corresponds with our interest in maintaining Asiacell’s solid reputation in the Iraqi telecom market. It is also in line with our dedication to providing value added services to our customers with the aim of contributing to both our national economy and the achievement of socio-economic development that helps build a new Iraq.”
Good news from Asiacell for its Melody’s subscribers, now they can offer the service or any Melody to their loved ones. To offer the service or any Melody dial 300 and listen to the instructions, both sender and receiver will be notified by SMS after any offering process.
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وصلت منذ ايام مجموعة من الرسائل المشكوكة الى مشتركي آسياسيل، تبلغ المشتركين بأنهم حصلوا على جوائز وتشجعهم على الاتصال برقم معين.
مصدر هذه الرسائل هي بضعة مواقع في الانترنت من خارج العراق القصد منها الخداع وسرقة رصيد المشتركين، لذا تناشد شركة آسياسيل مشتركيها بأن يهملوا تلك الرسائل وأن لا يحاولوا الاتصال بهذه الارقام الواردة فيها إطلاقا.
حول هذا الموضوع تحدث عبدالله حسن مدير العلاقات العامة لشركة آسياسيل قائلا: "مع وصول هذه الرسائل و كخطوة عاجلة، سوف تجد آسياسيل كل تلك المصادر ويتم وقفها، وبالفعل تمت ايقاف مجموعة منها لحد الآن."
وأضاف قائلا بأن شركة آسياسيل ستشغل نظام (Anti Spam) المتقدم قريبا، لإجتثاث تلك الرسائل التي تصل الى مشتركي آسياسيل كاملة.هذه المشكلة ليست متعلقة بآسياسيل فقط، بل أن الكثير من شركات الهاتف النقال في معظم انحاء العالم تعاني منها، وهناك الكثير من الشركات تستخدم التكنولوجيا المتقدمة لغرض خداع الناس في الكثير من دول العالم.
بعد انفجار سيارة ملغومة قرب مكتب مبيعات آسياسيل للاتصالات في 19/9/2010 في حي المنصور في العاصمة بغداد، قررت شركة آسياسيل مساعدة الجهات المتضررة للخسائر التي لحقت بموظفيها والمنازل المجاورة التي تأثرت جراء الانفجار.
وستقوم لجنة من آسياسيل بالترتيبات اللازمة للدفع للمتضررين المذكورين أعلاه و ذلك بتخصيص مبلغ 590,000,000 (خمسمائة و تسعون ) مليون دينار عراقي لمساعدة المنازل المجاورة للمكتب التي تعرضت لخسارة مادية وصرف نفقات العلاج الصحي للموظفين المصابين بجروح خلال الانفجار إضافة إلى مساعدة موظفي آسياسيل الذين تضررت سياراتهم أثر الانفجار.
Haj Mubarak, with the start of the Haj season, Asiacell is greeting all its employees and subscribers by announcing International Roaming with a special offer of 50% discount on the receiving calls to become IQD 500, instead of IQD 1000 after the second minute, starting from October 20th to November 25th, 2010. Asiacell wishes you a blessed Haj season.
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September 2010 – Within its commitment to providing high quality services that cater to the needs of all subscriber segments, Asiacell- the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq - announced the launch of its free-of-charge Missed Call Notification Service across all Iraqi governorates.
The Missed Call Notification Service is offered to all Asiacell postpaid and prepaid subscribers as well as to new subscribers interested in joining Asiacell’s network free of charge. In addition to not charging activation, usage and monthly fees, the service informs subscribers of the number of calls missed while their mobiles were switched off, experiencing SIM card issues, or beyond network coverage.
“It brings us great pleasure at Asiacell to be the first to offer this value added service in Iraq,” said Mr. Jamal Omer, Products & Services Manager at Asiacell. “The launch of the Missed Call Notification Service confirms our interest in providing Iraqi citizens with the best services that modern technology can offer, and corresponds with our dedication to answering the growing demands in the local telecom market. Our efforts are guided by our vision to continuously introduce exceptional services and offers that maintain our subscribers’ trust and enable us to remain as their number one provider of telecom services in Iraq.”
A new offer from Asiacell for new prepaid subscribers, sign up today with Asiacell to get immediately IQD3500 monthly free credit for a period of 6 months.
This offer is valid only for a limited period starting from September 19th, 2010 till October 19th, 2010.
October 2010 - Asiacell - the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq – announced the launch of its ‘Sajjel Wala To’ajel’ campaign on the 26th of September 2010. The campaign aims to encourage Asiacell subscribers to legally register their lines in order to avoid service interruption.
Through the ‘Sajjel Wala To’ajel’ campaign, Asiacell plans to offer 50 free minutes of outgoing on-net calls to every subscriber that registers their line with any of Asiacell’s dealers and shops. Subscribers must present a copy of their National ID, a copy of their ration card, and two 4x6cm-sized photographs when registering their lines.
“We decided to take this step for the convenience of our customers and to protect their lines from being interrupted or misused,” said Ashraf Heiba, Promotion and customer loyalty senior manager. “The launch of this campaign reflects Asiacell’s dedication to operating in accordance with legal policies that correspond with governmental guidelines in Iraq. We continuously strive to maintain our subscribers’ trust in Asiacell; we hope that we have positively contributed through this campaign to serving of the Iraqi telecom sector, and that we have helped support the economic development process in order to build the new Iraq.”
Launches its New Serial Bonus Offer
October 2010 – In line with the interest in providing customers with premium offers that meet their daily needs and wants at a competitive prices, and in order to extend its customer base, Asiacell - the first and largest Iraqi telecommunication company and the only mobile telecommunication company providing coverage for all of Iraq - announced the launch of a unique offer on pre-paid lines. The offer includes free extra balance in the amount of ID 21,000 upon activation of pre-paid lines from the 19th of September, 2010 until the 19th of October, 2010.
New subscribers will be able to obtain the ID 3,500 free monthly bonus credit over six consecutive months. This offer is extended to standard pre-paid lines including the Shabab line and the Gold line. Upon activating new lines, Asiacell subscribers can use the free extra balance to make on-net and off-net calls during the first month. However, starting the second month the free monthly bonus can be used for calls within Asiacell network only for a period of thirty days.
Commenting on the new offer, Mr. Ashraf Heiba, Senior Promotions & Loyalty Manager at Asiacell, said: “We seek through this offer to meet the needs of pre-paid subscribers by providing them with valuable offers at competitive prices. This new offer also stems from our interest to expand our increasing subscriber base at Asiacell, which confirms our advanced position in the Iraqi telecommunications market.” Mr. Ashraf added: “We are committed to the provision of modern and unmatched offers to the telecom industry, and extending the best to our Iraqi citizens as part of our determination to contribute to the national economy and achieve the desired socio-economic development towards building a new Iraq.”
Asiacell chairman Mr. Farooq Mustafa Rasool, received a thank you letter from the family of Mr. Run Sopheakdy, a Cambodian citizen who was one of the four Asiacell employees lost their lives at Soma Hotel fire accident on July 15th 2010 in the city of Sulaimanyah . Below is the letter:
KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA
Nation King Religion
LETTER OF ACKNOWLEDGMENT
I, IN KIM LAY, a wife of the late RUN SOPHEAKDKY, as well as my children and MEAS DARARUN, who is his father, and the other family members of the decedent, would hereby like to express our profound thanks to Mr. FARUQ MUSTAFA RASOOL, the chairman, and his colleagues at Iraq-based Asiacell communications LLC., for all the efforts and precious time devoted on returning the corpse of Mr. RUN SOPHEAKDKY, who passed away on July 15 2010 in a fire accident at Soma Hotel to his home country of Cambodia so that we would organize a traditional funeral ceremony for him.
In this opportunity, we would again like to convey our deep thanks to Mr. FARUQ MUSTAFA RASOOL as well as his colleagues atAsiacell communications LLC, and wish them good luck, happiness and peace and success in the business of the company everlasting.
Phnom Penh, July 24 2010
The family members of the late RUN SOPHEAKDKY
IN KIM LAY
This comes while an official source at Asiacell said that Asiacell is in contact with rightful heirs of the victims in order to arrange for ensuring all their rights in cooperation with the related side.
July 2010 – Mr. Farouk Mustafa Rasool received a letter of appreciation from the Acting Chancellor of the American University of Iraq Sulaimani (AUI-S) Mr. Joshua Mitchell for his outstanding efforts dedicated to the success and growth of the university. In his letter, Mr. Mitchell stated that Mr. Rasool’s contributions helped the university receive its accreditation from the American Academy of Liberal Education, an important national accreditation body located in Washington D.C. in the United States of America.
Mr. Mitchell went on to say that Mr. Rasool was instrumental in positioning the AUI-S as the only university in Iraq to be accredited by a U.S. higher education body.
Commenting on this development, Mr. Farouk Mustafa Rasool said: “I am proud of this letter of appreciation from the American University of Iraq Sulaimani commending our humble efforts towards supporting the university’s educational path. I am also very proud that it has received such recognition from a renowned academy responsible for awarding institutions of higher education around the globe with international accreditation according to American standards.”
He went on to say: “We will continue our efforts to support different educational organizations because of the important role they play in shaping the future of Iraq and the Iraqi people. We are hoping that such institutions will be a beacon for creating an open and innovative culture that promotes development and prosperity throughout Iraq.”
Mr. Farouk Rasool is a board member at the American University of Iraq Sulaimani which was founded in 2004 by a Board of Regents and Trustees who set out to establish a university committed to offering the first comprehensive, American-style liberal arts education in Iraq. Today, AUI-S remains dedicated to its mission of building in Iraq a leading center of learning, research, and cultural and intellectual exchange. The university recruits faculty from top colleges and universities in North America, the UK and Europe, and bases its academic and administrative structure on the American model of Higher Education.
July 2010 –Four employees working at Asiacell died and three others were wounded last night Thursday the 15th of July. The unfortunate accident took place during a fire at the Soma Hotel on Salem Street in the city of Sulaimaniyah where Asiacellemployees resided.
According to official reports 30 residents died and another 22 were wounded. Three of the 4 Asiacell’s employees were from different Asian nationalities (Filipino, Sri Lankan and Cambodian) and the fourth was Iraqi from the city of Baghdad as follows:
Mr. Suraj Mahesh Galhena
Mr. Sopheeakdey Run
Mr. Milad Philip
Commenting on this accident,Mr. Faruk Mustafa Rasool, Asiacell’s Chairman, said: “The Asiacell family offers its deepest condolences and sympathies to the victims of this fire and expresses its sincere sorrow to all their families. This tragic event has left us with great pain and sadness and we will always remember our employees who passed away with great respect and admiration and we will commit to our responsibilities towards the families of our employees. We would also like to call upon the Kurdistan Regional Government to speedily and seriously intervene and take new and serious steps towards combating and controlling similar accidents that affect the lives of our citizens. We also ask the Government and its relevant establishments not to license building that don’t abide by international standards and have no safety measures. We ask the government to begin modernizing the civil defense and firefighting institutions inthe region of Kurdistan and provide them with the state-of-the-art tools and resources so that they are able to fight such hurtful accidents and protect the lives and properties of all the citizens.
Asiacell Launches "Asiacell Internet" Data Line & USB Modem
Asiacell Launches Its New Youth Line
November 2009 – As part of its dedication to offering innovative and unprecedented prepaid services that answer the needs of different social segments, Asiacell – the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq – launched its new Youth Line SIM card offer, which is the first prepaid offer specifically directed at youth and students in Iraq. The new Youth Line enables young Asiacell prepaid subscribers to make on-net calls and send SMS and MMS messages at highly competitive rates.
The price for the new Youth Line is USD 10, and comes with a USD 1 in free credit. The line's monthly subscription rate is USD 1, and Youth Line subscribers will be able to send up to 100 on-net SMS messages for free. On-net calls made between the hours of 12:00 midnight to 8:59am cost 1 cent/min, whilst call forwarding charges, international calls and off-net calls are all billed at the same rate as normal prepaid lines. On-net SMS messages sent between 12:00 midnight and 8:59am cost 1 cent/SMS only once the bonus 100 free SMSs are spent.
The new Youth Line also offers an 80% discount on GPRS between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 8:59am, where 20 cents/MB will be charged. GPRS between the peak hours of 9:00am till 11:59pm costs USD 1/MB.
Commenting on the launch of this new package, Dr. Diar Ahmed, Asiacell's CEO, said: "We at Asiacell have always strived to cater to the different needs of our diverse and growing subscriber base through the introduction of new and innovative services that offer both competitive prices and quality products. The Youth Line package reflects our interest in providing Iraq's younger generation with competitive and affordable services that enable them to stay in touch with their friends and family. Our dedication to introducing all that is new and innovative reflects our commitment to contributing to the enhancement of services within the Iraqi telecom sector and towards building a new Iraq."
Asiacell Commits to Following Subscriber Registration Procedures to Ensure the Safety of Iraqi Citizens
November 2009 – Confirming its commitment to adhering to principles of transparency and credibility when dealing with Iraqi citizens, whom it considers its first priority, and as part of its interest in securing the trust of its subscribers in its services, Asiacell – the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq – announced its dedication to following the laws issued by the Iraqi Communications and Media Commission, highlighting the subscriber registration procedures that should be strictly followed, as part of its commitment to ensuring the safety of Iraqi citizens.
Asiacell also confirmed that it follows subscriber registration procedures by submitting the name, address, a a copy of subscriber identity card, a copy of monthly food coupon, and a personal photo, which is a procedure that some mobile telecom operators in the Iraqi market are not following, hence resulting in unfair competition in order to gain a larger market share despite the fact that the subscriber registration process is one of the most well-known and internationally followed procedures, and is considered a basic regulation rule that helps enhance mutual trust between telecom companies and their subscribers.
While commenting on this subject, Dr. Diar Ahmed, Asiacell's CEO, expressed his displeasure with what is occurring in the Iraqi telecom market, stating: “We regret to see what is taking place in the Iraqi telecom market due to the practices of certain telecom companies that do not adhere to the procedures that were put in place by the Iraqi Communications and Media Commission to ensure the protection of the Iraqi people". He added that: "Asiacell is an Iraqi company that has taken it upon itself to serve the people of Iraq by providing high quality telecom services not only through the adoption of the latest telecom technology, but also by following sound rules, regulations and work mechanisms that keep us on the right path. Despite the unfair competition in the market, we are committed to adhering to Iraqi laws in order to ensure the comfort and safety of our subscribers, even if that involves greater financial costs on our part.”
He added: “Asiacell will continue to play its national role towards contributing to economic growth and helping rebuild the new Iraq. Our strong sense of responsibility towards our beloved country complements our role as a private Iraqi company. We are convinced of the importance of maintaining our credibility and transparency when it comes to dealing with our subscribers, and opening channels of communication between us, as they are our first priority, in order to win their approval and trust.”
Asiacell Receives a Letter of Appreciation from Chairman of the Wasit Provincial Council in Recognition of Asiacell Efforts Related to Expanding Its Network to Include All the Districts and Surrounding Areas
January 2010 – Asiacell – the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq – received a letter of appreciation from the Chairman of the Wasit Provincial Council Mr. Mahmood Abdulraza Talal . The letter is a result of the culmination of Asiacell’s outstanding efforts to providing the best products and mobile services to the Iraqi people, in addition to its work related to the expansion of its network to cover all districts and areas in Wasit.
In his letter of appreciation, the Chairman of the Wasit Provincial Council referred to the importance of the products and services provided by Asiacell, especially with regards to the people living in the Wasit area indicating that these services have become necessities to all Iraqi citizens.
Commenting on this kind gesture, Dr. Diar Ahmed, Asiacell's CEO, expressed his deep gratitude and appreciation, stating: “We thank the Chairman of the Wasit Council, Mr. Mahmood Abdulraza Talal, for his appreciation of our efforts. This kind gesture is clear evidence that we are committed to providing leading services to the Iraqi consumer, and our company’s dedication to high moral values and the utmost professionalism. The letter also reflects the satisfaction of the Government and the administration with regards to our valuable services. Dr. Ahmad also added: “The letter of appreciation instills in us further national responsibility as a leading Iraqi company that contributes to the country’s economy, to remain at the forefront of companies, and to maintain the good reputation that we have established to remain the number one choice for telecommunication services in Iraq.”
Dr. Ahmed Diar further elaborated on the comprehensive coverage that Asiacell offers to all of Iraq’s governorates, saying: “We are very proud of the fact that Asiacell is the only mobile telecom company to offer telecom network coverage for all of Iraq’s 18 governorates in addition to providing services and products to Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, which holds an estimated population of 5 million. We are currently working on expanding our network to further include all the districts and surrounding areas in Wasit, in order to respond to the increasing demand in the local market, and to cater to the largest possible segment.”
November 2009 – In line with its ongoing commitment to offering innovative and cutting edge mobile telecom services to its subscribers, and within its interest in introducing new and unprecedented state-of-the-art technologies and products within the Iraqi telecom market, Asiacell – the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq – announced the launch of its new On Air Roaming service, positioning itself as the first and only mobile telecom company in Iraq to offer land, ocean and air GSM roaming coverage.
The On Aircraft Roaming service enables Asiacell postpaid subscribers to enjoy GSM roaming services and full voice, SMS and GPRS services while on board commercial aircrafts by using their ordinary mobile handsets, whereby Asiacell customers can make and receive calls and SMS messages in-flight as well as browse the Internet and send emails, remaining connected to their friends, family and business colleagues regardless of their location.
Commenting on the launch of this service, Dr. Diar Ahmed, Asiacell's CEO, said: “We are very proud to be the first telecom company in Iraq to launch the On Aircraft Roaming service in cooperation with OnAir, which when combined with our previously launched Smart Roamer and Ocean Roaming services, offers Asiacell roamers complete roaming coverage when they’re travelling on land, by ocean or by air.”
He added: “The launch of this service is in accordance with our commitment to delivering new and unique services that answer the communication needs of our customers. We look forward to continuously providing our subscribers with a comprehensive package of services and solutions that correspond to their needs, in order for us to remain their preferred and trusted choice of operator. As the leading Iraqi mobile telecom company, we have taken it upon ourselves to serve the growing needs of the Iraqi people and contribute to developing the Iraqi telecom sector, which coincides with our plans as a national Iraqi company towards helping build the new Iraq.”
It is worth noting that Asiacell launched its Smart Roamer and Ocean Roaming services earlier this year. Through its Smart Roamer service, Asiacell offers all its subscribers a cost-efficient and simple roaming experience that requires no additional registration procedures and Asiacell subscribers can benefit from discounted rates for local calls as well as call back to Iraq and to other countries within the Smart Roamer Zone. The Ocean Roaming service is the first of its kind in Iraq and offers Asiacell subscribers a wider international roaming coverage, as they can stay connected whilst at sea.
Asiacell Calls on the Iraqi Government to Interfere and Protect its Property and the Lives of its Employees from Repeated Terrorist Attacks
December 2009 –Asiacell – the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq – is still resilient and standing strong in order to serve the Iraqi people, and provide them with the best communication services despite the difficult political and security circumstances currently facing Iraq and despite the continuous targeting it is facing from cowardly terrorist groups in some of the company’s key locations. The most recent of the attacks witnessed by Asiacell was the bombing of the company’s sales center in the city of Tikrit.
Commenting on these terrible terrorist attacks, Dr. Diar Ahmed, Asiacell's CEO, said: "I am very displeased with the fact that we are still suffering from terrorist attacks and the unfortunate sabotage of our operations.” He added: “These attempts to stop Asiacell’s success, and sideline the positive impact it has on developing the Iraqi economy, has not made us change course. We are still committed, as a leading Iraqi company, to providing the best mobile services to Iraqi people in eighteen governorates, building the future of the country, and unifying its people. We are prepared to move forward in our fight against terrorism that is continuously attempting to hinder the stability and prosperity of our Iraq.”
He added: “Stemming from our responsibility towards our country, we have called upon and are still calling upon the Iraqi government to deal with these unfortunate incidents in a serious manner in order to minimize the financial and emotional impact we are bearing that ultimately affects the Iraqi citizens.
Who will always be part of the Iraqi infrastructure and Iraq. Asiacell has continued to develop and improve its mobile services, however, the security situation makes it difficult to achieve the desired outcomes and goals. We are calling on the government to take the necessary actions against terrorists and to work towards providing a safer environment for companies that are positively elevating the Iraqi economy so that we are able to serve our country and contribute to the building of a new Iraq.”
Asiacell Remains at the Forefront of the Development Process in Iraq and Promises Greater Achievements in the Upcoming Year
January 2010 – The tremendous efforts that Asiacell – the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq – exerted in order to provide the best telecom services to the Iraqi nation across all its governorates has resulted in the achievement of a variety of important accomplishments during 2009. The company’s dedication and commitment enabled it to successfully launch various new services, and positioned Asiacell as a pioneer in introducing a number of high quality offers in the Iraqi telecom market.
One of Asiacell’s most prominent accomplishments during 2009 is the expansion of its subscriber base to reach the 7.3 million subscriber mark, which confirms Asiacell’s ability to win the confidence of Iraqi consumers and efficiently provide them with the telecom services they demand. The year 2009 also witnessed the launch of the land, sea and air International Roaming Service, positioning Asiacell as the first Iraqi telecom company to offer complete international roaming coverage while traveling via land, sea and air. Another distinctive offer launched by Asiacell is the new Youth Line, which is the first prepaid line directed at youth and students in Iraq.
As for the company’s own network coverage, Asiacell succeeded last year in expanding its network reach to include all 18 Iraqi governorates, making it the first Iraqi mobile telecom company to provide complete coverage to all of Iraq.
Commenting on the company’s exceptional achievements, Dr. Diar Ahmed, Asiacell's CEO, said: "We strove this past year to cater to the growing needs of the Iraqi telecom market through launching services that combine quality and price competitiveness. The tangible increase in the number of our subscribers during the past year is the biggest proof of the high level of the services thatAsiacell has committed itself to providing, and confirms that Asiacell is the ideal choice for telecom services in Iraq.”
While discussing Asiacell’s plans in 2010, Dr. Ahmed stated: “The previous year’s achievements place upon us a new responsibility towards our clients, and serve to motivate us to achieve further successes. This year we will be implementing technical improvements and developments and will take the necessary measures to avoid damages to our services as a result of the unstable security conditions faced in Iraq. Asiacell is determined to continue to offer the best services to Iraqi citizens and to help develop our country’s economy. Despite the financial and moral damages that Asiacell has suffered during the past year due to cowardly terrorist attacks in some of the company’s most vital locations, Asiacell remains productive and has achieved – and will continue to achieve by the grace of God and the efforts of its teams – considerable progress in providing mobile telecom services. The company will also adopt new expansion plans aimed at providing exceptional services to villages and remote areas.”
He added: “As a leading mobile telecom company in the Iraqi market, we are responsible for catering to the growing market demands and continuing to develop the telecom sector, as it is a vital sector that supports the operations of various other economic sectors. The objectives are in line with our national commitments towards contributing to the development of our country’s economy and building a new Iraq.”
Asiacell Launches Unique Offer for Bonus Credit
February 2010 – Within its efforts towards offering all that is unique and comprehensive to its prepaid customers, and in line with its plans to expand its customer base, Asiacell - the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq – announced the launch of a new promotion offered for the first time in Iraq that provides 100% bonus credit to customers purchasing a new prepaid line and those recharging it during the promotion period. The promotion will be launched on the 25th of February and will be effective until March 25th 2010.
This unique promotion provides new Asiacell prepaid subscribers and new Youth Line subscribers the opportunity to receive 100% bonus credit that will be added to their balance if they recharge with scratch cards in the amounts of USD 10 or USD 20 or USD 30. The bonus shall be received in five equal installments over a period of five months, thus enabling prepaid subscribers to benefit from the features of this offer as well as other innovative features provided by Asiacell.
Commenting on this offer, Dr. Diar Ahmed, Asiacell’s CEO, said: “We strive through this offer to respond to the telecom needs of all Iraqis across Iraq and provide them with unique offers that correspond to their every day requirements at competitive prices. This offer reflects our commitment to increasing our customer base in order to retain our advanced position in the Iraqi telecom market and contribute to developing the telecom sector in a manner that benefits our national economy and our efforts towards building a new Iraq.”
Asiacell Receives a Letter of Appreciation from Chairman of the Baghdad Provincial Council
November 2009 – In acknowledgement of the considerable efforts that the company exerts in providing the Iraqi market with the best mobile telecom products and services, Asiacell – the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq – received a letter of appreciation from the Chairman of the Baghdad Provincial Council, Mr. Kamil Nasir Al Zaidy, who commended Asiacell for the services Asiacell offers through its services, its contribution towards the development of the Iraqi telecom sector, and particularly for the positive role that it plays in serving the people of Baghdad.
While commenting on this kind gesture, Dr. Diar Ahmed, Asiacell's CEO, expressed his deep gratitude, stating: “We thank the Chairman of the Baghdad Provincial Council, Mr. Kamil Nasir Al Zaidy, for his appreciation of our efforts, which we willingly exert in order to provide state-of-the-art and unprecedented products and services that cater to the Iraqi people’s growing need for mobile telecom services. This gesture testifies to Asiacell’s dedication towards adopting wise policies that enable us to maintain our sound business approach; it further reflects the approval of governmental and administrative bodies with our quality services and products.”
Dr. Ahmed Diar further elaborated on the comprehensive coverage that Asiacell offers to all of Iraq’s governorates, saying: “We are very proud of the fact that Asiacell is the only mobile telecom company to offer telecom network coverage for all of Iraq’s 18 governorates in addition to providing services and products to Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, which holds an estimated population of 5 million. It is our national responsibility to help develop the Iraqi telecom market, and we do so by adhering to the sector’s laws and systems and by transparently and professionally servicing our subscribers, which is in line with our sincere interest in remaining their ideal choice for a telecom service provider.”
Asiacell Celebrates Its 9th Anniversary
February 2010 – In celebration of its 9th anniversary, which coincides on the 6th of February 2010, Asiacell promised the Iraqi people that it will maintain its advanced position in the Iraqi telecom market as a result of the trust that has been placed in the company, and that it will continue on the path that it has been following over the past several years to achieve more success and accomplishments, and to provide citizens with the highest level of services and products in the telecom industry.
Asiacell’s beginnings date back to 2001 when the company’s Chairman of the Board and Founder, a Kurdish-Iraqi businessman, Mr. Faruk Mustafa Rasool l founded the company in Sulaymaniyah to become the first mobile company in the history of Iraq; Asiacell’s establishment was also inaugurated by the current President of the Republic of Iraq, Mr. Jalal Talabani.
Mr. Rasool’s accomplishment is a success story that serves as a source of national pride to the Iraqi economy; Asiacell was able during the last nine years to prove its efficiency and determination towards success and has become today the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq, positioning itself as one of the most important national companies that Iraqi citizens count on for their daily communication.
On the occasion of Asiacell’s 9th anniversary, Dr. Diar Ahmed, Asiacell’s CEO, stated: “The company’s establishment represented a considerable challenge, as Asiacell’s inception took place during a time when Iraq was under economic sanctions. It is thanks to the efforts and persistence of Mr. Rasool in founding a company that serves the national economy, and by depending on the considerable capabilities that the company’s cadres enjoy, that we were able to overcome all obstacles and face unstable security and economic situation in Iraq, moving forward towards success.” Dr. Diar Ahmed added: “We shall continue to deliver on the promises we made to our fellow Iraqis in providing new, innovative and far-reaching telecom services that cater to the growing and changing needs of the local market. We reaffirm that the trust that our fellow Iraqis have placed in us motivates us to proudly carry the responsibility we have taken upon ourselves towards our nation and our countrymen, and fulfill our mission of cultivating promising investment opportunities in our country in order to contribute to building a new Iraq.”
It is worth noting that Asiacell has been able to achieve a number of recent accomplishments, the most prominent of which was growing its customer base to exceed 7.3 million subscribers, which confirms its ability to earn the trust of Iraqi consumers and provide them with the telecom services they demand in accordance with the highest level of professionalism. Asiacell was also able during the past year to add 1490 new BTS stations to its network through establishing 950 telecommunication towers, and expand and enhance the capabilities of 450 of its other sites.
Asiacell is Featured in a CNBC TV Report
November 2009 – Attesting to its strong position in the Iraqi telecom market and positioning it as a success story in a highly competitive sector, Asiacell – the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq – was recently featured on “On Assignment: Iraq”, a CNBC TV report investigating foreign investment opportunities in Iraq. The report covered the trip of a group of American investors to Iraq to assess the investment potential within the country, and involved interviews with several businessmen and representatives of leading institutions within the country.
During the report, the CNBC reporter referred to Asiacell as the largest telecommunications company in Iraq, stating that according to one of the investors, “Asiacell’s potential is so vast, that if it went public it would instantly double the total market value of the Iraqi stock exchange.” The reporter also went on to describe the investors’ experience after their tour of Asiacell’s headquarters in Sulaymaniyah and their interview with Dr. Diar Ahmed, Asiacell’s CEO, stating that investors were extremely impressed by the management at Asiacell.
“We at Asiacell are very pleased with the CNBC feature report, which helped highlight the plethora of investment opportunities in the country to foreign investors both in the USA and around the world,” said Dr. Diar Ahmed. “As the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq, it is our duty to actively contribute to the development of the Iraqi economy. Asiacell seeks to invest in developing a strong fiber optic backbone that will support the introduction of more advanced and efficient mobile services, which coincides with our aims to offer our customers innovative and cutting-edge telecom services.”
He added: “The fact that Asiacell was showcased as a success story in a highly competitive telecom sector such as that of Iraq testifies to the soundness of the company’s business model and its strong position within the telecom market. Our commitment to introducing exceptional telecom services to the Iraqi market and to contributing to the development of a strong economic infrastructure in Iraq is part of our business plan, and we look forward to continuing to challenge ourselves to offer our customers the best services possible and help build the new Iraq.”
It is worth noting that CNBC is a recognized world leader in business news, providing real-time financial market coverage and business information to more than 340 million homes worldwide.
Operators question legality of fines imposed by Ministry of Telecoms
Tags: Iraq, Ministry of Communications - Iraq
Iraq's Ministry of Communications may have to take the country's mobile operators to court if it wants to extract just over US$20 million worth of fines it has imposed on the telecom companies for providing what it describes as a "bad service".
Last week government spokesman Ali Al-Dabbagh is reported to have said in a statement that the fines were the result of "the bad service provided by these companies" and that the operators "should respect the contracts and the conditions laid down by the government".
Zain was fined $18 million, while Asiacell and Korek were both fined just over $1 million each. Neither Zain or Asiacell have received official confirmation of the fines.
Asiacell's marketing manager, Mohammed Serieh has questioned the ministry's right to issue the fines.
He told CommsMEA: "As a mobile operator the contractual relationship between us and the Iraqi government is with the regulator. The ministry of telecommunications has no power whatsoever under mobile telecommunications.
"We'll wait until we receive official notice about the fines and then we will take it from there," he said.
Both operators contend that jamming devices used by security services to prevent the detonation of roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices are to blame for outages and poor network quality.
It is the second time that the operators have been fined by the ministry for the standard of their network coverage. Earlier this year, Zain Iraq was ordered to pay $9 million, while Asiacell was hit with a $300,000 fine.
Zain Iraq CEO Ali Al Dahwi said Zain paid that sum of money in order to draw a line under the affair, and "as a gift to the Iraqi people". But he appears reluctant to part with any of Zain's money this time around.
When asked if he would pay the latest fine, he replied: "Let the law be the judge. What we are doing is going to keep and honour all of the legal rights we have in Iraq under the licence and let the law be the judge.”
Both operators have also questioned the way the fines were calculated. According to Serieh, operators were fined according to the percentage of complaints made by customers who called a free phone number.
"They took some sort of a weird formula of this," Al Dawhi said. "Basically, [this method] is not accepted in the world, it is heresay. The terms of the mobile licence talks about engineering and scientific formula, and a drive test to be used to determine whether there is to be a penalty or not.
"There are accepted ways and norms in the world, and the Iraqi government did not use these norms. This is twice in a row,” he said.
Al Dahwi added that he has "no clue" as to how they arrived at the figure of $18 million, but he said that Zain is being singled out because it is "without any strong political power" in Iraq.
Asiacell Refutes the Role of Mobile Telecom Companies in Preventing the Reintroduction of the Landline Phone Service
October 2009 – In line with its adherence to principles of transparency and integrity in its dealings with the Iraqi citizen whom it gives first priority, and in confirmation of its dedication to presenting facts and information related to its operations as one of the telecom companies in Iraq, Asiacell – the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq – denied the allegations of the Iraqi Minister of Communications, Mr. Faruq Abd al-Qadir, which – with all due respect – merely reflect a personal opinion. The Minister's statements, which were recently made on the Aswat Al Iraq website, attributed the decline of the telecom sector in general and the prevention of reuse of the landline phones in particular to mobile telecom companies.
In response to these statements, Dr. Diar Ahmed, Asiacell's CEO, stressed that there was no truth behind these claims, stating: "Mobile telecom companies in Iraq do not, under any circumstances, interfere with the reintroduction of landlines. The real reason behind the decline of this service is the instability of the sector's operations and the lack of clear and coherent work strategies and guidelines, which was made evident in the Minster of Communications' statements that revealed poor management activities and unsound planning on behalf of the Ministry of Communications and the numerous problems it faces, as can be clearly seen from the fact that there have been 6 ministers in the last five years, and a high turnover of qualified employees at the ministry."
He added: "There are several contradictions in the Minister's statements, as despite his references to the various problems and challenges that the ministry faces he goes on to confirm the ministry's ability to make several of its major projects related to the use of landlines a success across Iraq. If the ministry had truly been able to take firm and confident steps then where is the problem? And how can mobile telecom companies stand in the way of these successes? If the Minister had based his claims on sound information and evidence, then why did he not take legal action instead of making groundless allegations?"
Dr. Ahmed also expressed his displeasure at the Minister of Communication's many promises and his belittling of mobile telecom companies in Iraq, saying: "The progress that the mobile telecom companies are making in Iraq should not be compared to the progress of the Ministry of Communications, as the number of mobile subscribers is considerably greater than the number of landline subscribers. In addition, comparing the national income of Kuwait gained from the revenues of the telecom sector and the revenues of Iraq in the same context is unreasonable, as the Iraqi citizen's income does not exceed 6% of that of the Kuwaiti citizen."
In addition, while commenting on the statements of the Iraqi Communications and Media Commission, Dr. Ahmed said: "The Iraqi Communications Commission, which according to the Minister has been formed by the American governor Bremer, indicated at a press conference focused on the communication problems in Iraq that the blame does not fall on the mobile telecom companies, and that there are several factors contributing to the declining quality of mobile services."
While clarifying that mobile telecom companies in Iraq are not interested in hindering the use of landlines, Asiacell highlighted that the use of mobile phones does not limit the use of landline phones, but on the contrary it increases the communications traffic and strengthens the telecom sector by making it more diversified and vigorous, and that the performance of landlines does not in any way affect the profits of mobile telecom companies as the uses and the type of services offered by both sides are tangibly different.Asiacell also denied that mobile telecom companies have any hand in the worn-out and damaged electricity cables and generators used in street utility poles.
Dr. Ahmed went on to say: "We at Asiacell are dedicating all our efforts to positively influencing the economic growth in Iraq through developing the telecom sector, which is considered to be one of the most vital sectors that directly affect Iraqi citizens. We are diligently working to provide a successful business model for national Iraqi companies that believe in their role towards building the new Iraq, and no type of challenges or obstacles will shake our determination to succeed."
In what is considered a record number
As part of its efforts to enhance its network's coverage, and in accordance with its mission to provide easy means of communication to all Iraqis, Asiacell - the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq - announced its completion of uilding 100 communication towers in Iraq within one month, which represents a considerable achievement and sets a new record for the Asiacell work team operating on this project.
This accomplishment testifies to Asiacell's persistence in tackling the security and governmental challenges it regularly faces, and is proof of its commitment to its duty and responsibility as an Iraqi telecom company. This latest achievement is considered a valuable development which the Government of Iraq should take into consideration when addressing Asiacell's request for the Government to reconsider its recent decision to impose a USD1.1 million fine on the company, which was demanded under the allegation that the company has infringed the contract it signed with the Iraqi Government and the network rollout conditions specified under the terms of its operating license, which involves the mprovement of the level of services provided to subscribers. Asiacell considers this fine unjustified even in light of the unstable economic and security conditions and the reduced oil prices the country is undergoing, all of which must be placing additional pressure on the Iraqi Government; such a fine stands in the way of Asiacell's aims to enhance the service infrastructure in Iraq.
Commending on this accomplishment, Mr. Hawdang Baban, Asiacell's Project Management Manager, said: "We are very proud of our success in building 100 communication towers, which positions us as the first mobile telecom company in Iraq to do so. We expect that this accomplishment will yield great benefits to the Iraqi people, and we promise to continue our work unwaveringly regardless of the obstacles in our path. We have carefully studied the various aspects of this step before implementing it and have ascertained that we have both the needed technical capabilities and human resources. We look forward to seeing the Government take a more supportive role of not only Asiacell, but also of all those who contribute to building the new Iraq."
Asiacell's establishment of 100 communication towers comes as part of its efforts to build on its previous successes. Asiacell was categorized as one of the ten fastest growing mobile telecom companies in the Middle East and Africa region in a recent study published by The Mobile World, a market data and analysis company focused exclusively on the mobile telecommunications sector.
Asiacell Enhances Its Network by Building 190 Communication Towers in Iraq within Two Months
June 2009 – As part of its efforts to enhance its network's coverage, and in accordance with its mission to provide easy means of communication to all Iraqis, Asiacell - the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq – announced its completion of building 190 communication towers in Iraq within two months, which represents a considerable achievement and sets a new record for the Asiacell work team operating on this project.
This accomplishment testifies to Asiacell's persistence in tackling the security and governmental challenges it regularly faces, and is proof of its commitment to its duty and responsibility as an Iraqi telecom company.
Commending on this accomplishment, Mr. Hawdang Baban, Asiacell's Project Management Manager, said: "We are very proud of our success in building 190 communication towers within just two months, which positions us as the first mobile telecom company in Iraq to do so. We expect that this accomplishment will yield great benefits to the Iraqi people, and we promise to continue our work unwaveringly regardless of the obstacles in our path. We have carefully studied the various aspects of this step before implementing it and have ascertained that we have both the needed technical capabilities and human resources. We look forward to seeing the Government take a more supportive role of not only Asiacell, but also of all those who contribute to building the new Iraq."
Asiacell's establishment of 190 communication towers comes as part of its efforts to build on its previous successes. Asiacell was categorized as one of the ten fastest growing mobile telecom companies in the Middle East and Africa region in a recent study published by The Mobile World, a market data and analysis company focused exclusively on the mobile telecommunications sector.
Reflecting its belief as a national Iraqi company in the importance of providing promotional offers that correspond to the needs of all segments of Iraqi society in different seasons and occasions, Asiacell - the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq - announced its offer for the holy month of Ramadan that includes a new off-peak offer in addition to a welcome gift for new subscribers.
According to the offer, all Asiacell subscribers, both monthly subscribers and pre-paid customers, will benefit from special Ramadan free off-peak calls starting from 2:30am until 4:30am during the Suhoor time that Asiacell has included to its off-peak periods. Asiacellsubscribers will also be able to benefit from the low off-peak rates that were part of the summer offer that will remain active until the end of the holy month.
Furthermore, upon purchasing the special SIM cards related to this offer at the price of USD 5, new Asiacell subscribers will receive USD 10 in free credit upon recharging their account for two consecutive times, as a welcoming gift for all new subscribers during the holy month.
On this occasion, Dr. Diar Ahmed, CEO of Asiacell, said: "We continuously strive to offer all that is new and unique to the market, and we are proud of this offer which aims at fulfilling the needs of all Iraqis during the month of Ramadan. We wish all subscribers and all Iraqi nationals a month filled with blessings and good fortune."
He added: "This new promotional offer reflects our adherence to raising the level of services that are offered to all our subscribers, in order for us to remain their preferred and trusted choice of operator. We would like to confirm on this occasion that we always place the subscriber at the forefront of our priorities, and we look to continuously provide our subscribers with a comprehensive package of services and unique solutions that correspond to their needs and combine quality services with competitive prices that are in line with the developments in the Iraqi market."
Asiacell Launches Its Voice SMS Service
September 2009 – After conducting extensive market research on consumer demands and trends in the Iraqi market, and as part of their continuous efforts to present all that is new, Asiacell – the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq – announced the launch of its new voice SMS service that enables all Asiacell subscribers to uniquely communicate by sending simple and private voice messages.
Asiacell subscribers can activate this service free of charge by calling *700* and entering the number they wish to send the voice message to, and then recording the voice message by following the given directions. Each voice message can reach a length of 30 seconds and costs 4 cents for prepaid Asiacell subscribers, and 3 cents for postpaid subscribers.
Subscribers can access and listen to sent voice messages by dialing 700, and can receive up to 15 voice messages which will be saved for 14 days in their voicemail inbox on their mobile phones.
Commenting on this service, Dr. Diar Ahmed, Asiacell's CEO, said: "We at Asiacell are dedicated to catering to the needs of our subscribers and further advancing our most popular services, at the forefront of which is our voice SMS service. We are now offering the voice SMS service which offers an ideal, quick and simple means of communication and coincides with our aims to continue to introduce innovative and cutting-edge services that enable our subscribers to enjoy a unique communication experience that serves their needs and adds value to their various activities."
He added: "Whilst we are offering this new service to our subscribers, we continue to strive towards increasing their trust in our services that combine both quality and competitive prices, so that we remain their number one choice for telecom services in Iraq."
Asiacell Launches Its Smart Roamer Service
August 2009 – Asiacell - the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq – announced the launch of its Smart Roamer Service, which offers all Asiacell subscribers a cost-efficient and simple roaming experience that requires no additional registration procedures. Subscribers can now benefit from discounted rates for local calls as well as call back to Iraq and to other countries within the Smart Roamer Zone. The service also offers a fixed rate for receiving calls and sending SMSs within countries that fall under the Smart Roamer Zone.
The Smart Roamer Service was launched on the 20th of August 2009, and included a number of selected operators within the region that lie within the Smart Roamer Zone, including Etisalat in the United Arab Emirates, Orange in Jordan, Qtel in Qatar, Nawras in Oman, Wataniya in Kuwait, and Turkcell in Turkey.
Commenting on the launch of this service, Dr. Diar Ahmed, CEO of Asiacell, said: "The launch of the Smart Roamer Service at Asiacellis a testament to our commitment to delivering new and unique services that answer the communication needs of our customers, taking into consideration that over 1 million Iraqis currently live in neighboring countries such as Jordan and the Gulf. The service will simplify the way our subscribers communicate with their friends, colleagues and family members when they are travelling, making it an affordable and hassle-free experience that allows for frequent international calls at convenient rates. We are confident that the launch of this innovative service will not only be well received by all our customers, but will also be another deciding factor in attracting new customers to the Asiacell family."
He added: "We are proud of our partnership with a number of key operators within the region and we are confident that it will bring benefits to all those involved in this service. We are all driven by a common goal: striving to bring to our customers the newest and most innovative products and services at the most competitive prices and highest quality."
Asiacell Launches Its Ocean Roaming Service
September 2009 – As part of its continuous belief in offering all that is new and innovative to its customers, Asiacell – the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq – announced the launch of its new Ocean Roaming service that enables all Asiacell subscribers to continue to benefit from roaming services while at sea.
Asiacell subscribers can benefit from this service to connect with friends, family, and business contacts wherever they are.
Commenting on this service, Dr. Diar Ahmed, Asiacell's CEO, said: "It is our aim at Asiacell to make quality mobile technology accessible to customers across Iraq, which is why we continue to develop our services in order to target all customers. The new Ocean Roaming service is the first of its kind in Iraq and offers Asiacell subscribers a wider international roaming coverage as they can now stay connected whilst at sea."
He added: "This easy-to-use service is designed for international travelers that require simple, convenient, and a cost efficient way to keep in touch when travelling.
We will continuously provide our subscribers with a comprehensive package of services and unique solutions that correspond to their needs, in order for us to remain their preferred and trusted choice of operator."
Asiacell Celebrates with the Graduates of Its Telecom Training Course
September 2009 – As part of their aspirations to develop the skills and abilities of the Iraqi people, Asiacell – the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq – celebrated the graduates of a telecom training course that was recently conducted for students in the engineering faculty in the Salah El Deen University.
The month-long course ended with a ceremony that brought together members of the Asiacell team, members of the engineering faculty, in addition to students participating in the course.
The ceremony took place in the gardens of the "Tareen" restaurant in Irbil and included the distribution of certificates and tributes to outstanding students.
The students expressed their happiness to be participating in this valuable course, articulating their appreciation of the efforts that are being put forward by Asiacell in hosting this course, which has enriched their learning experience and provided them with new insights to the telecom sector, and hence will positively influence future professional careers.
Commenting on this step, Dr. Diar Ahmed, Asiacell's CEO, said: "This course aims at developing the capabilities of Iraqi students, and expanding their horizons through involving them in educational activities that are outside their curricula.
This reflects our commitment at Asiacell to having a positive impact on the youth of Iraq and its people, stemming from our national directions towards building a new Iraq through developing the capacity of youth and honing their skills, which will in turn help strengthen our infrastructure and quicken the pace of economic development."