Five African telecommunications bosses have been shortlisted in the Global Telecomms Power 100 2016, an annual publication that focuses on the global telecommunications industry.
Bob Collymore CEO Safaricom, Rob Shuter CEO MTN goup, Christian de Faria Executive Chairman Airtel Africa , Nick Rudnick CEO Liquid Telecom and Mohammed Shameel CEO Vodacom are the operators who made it to the GTB Power100 list.
The first Global Telecoms Business Power100 was launched in Oracle Communications 100th issue in September/October 2008 and it has evolved over several years. It has now been divided into different categories to make it easier to navigate.
By Marvelous Tinevimbo Chibagidi
This year’s list was further categorised : operators in various parts of the world, over-the-top and content providers, hardware companies, equipment, handsets and chips, and software and service providers, as well as investors and others.
Many of them were nominated by their companies, but some were suggested by others. The final selection was a long and difficult process, which will inevitably disappoint those who have been left out.However, this is an industry of thousands of powerful and innovative people, and it is always difficult to pick just 100 of them.
With more than 30 years’ experience in the telecoms sector, Bob Collymore has served as Safaricom’s chief executive since November 2010. A pioneer in the field of mobile money, Safaricom successfully integrated the UN’s SDG initiative into its organisation and is rolling out a mobile-based platform to help low-income households access healthcare services.
Rob Shuter replaced Sifiso Dabengwa as chief executive officer and group president of the MTN Group in June 2016. He was headhunted from Vodacom’s UK parent Vodafone. His appointment comes amid a turbulent time for the operator following a $1.6bn Nigerian regulatory fine.
MTN Group, formerly M-Cell,is a South Africa-based multi-national mobile telecommunications company, operating in many African, European and Asian countries. Its head office is in Johannesburg. As of 30 September 2015, MTN recorded over 300 million subscribers across its operations.
The company sponsored the CAF Champions League Football competition as well as APOEL FC and On 18 March 2010, it was announced that MTN signed a sponsorship deal with English football club Manchester United FC.
A Vodacom veteran since 1994 — and former CEO of Vodafone Spain — Mohamed Shameel joined the company’s executive board in 2012 and in 2015. Vodacom is among the companies believed to be interested in buying South African fibre company Broadband Infraco. Vodacom claims to have achieved 1Gbps broadband speeds this year.
Christian de Faria took full charge of Airtel Africa as CEO in January 2014, having joined the firm in September 2013 as regional CEO, Anglophone. De Faria was elevated to the position of executive chairman of Airtel’s Africa unit in February 2016 and continues to lead all matters relating to legal, regulatory affairs, shareholders, as well as mergers and acquisitions.
Bharti Airtel Limited is an Indian global telecommunications services company based in New Delhi,India. It operates in 18 countries across South Asia, Africa, and the Channel Islands.Airtel provides GSM,3G and 4G LTE mobile services, fixed line broadband and voice services depending upon the country of operation. It is the largest mobile network operator in India and the third largest in the world with 325 million subscribers.
The first list was very dominated by Europeans and North Americans with a very few women in it. Still in 2016 the Power100 is biased towards males because a few females have been included on the list. It is very much interesting to note that five operators from Africa have actually been recognised Way to go Africa.