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As a wrap-up to the 17th edition of Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit, Telecom Review Group organized its Excellence Awards ceremony to recognize exceptional global and regional companies, along with industry leaders, for their innovative initiatives and influential contributions throughout 2023.

Telecom Review Group, together with an independent panel of judges, continued its dedication and commitment to the ICT industry in ranking the best of the best in terms of corporate growth, technological deployment, ICT investment, corporate social responsibility (CSR), digital customer experience, green initiatives as well as individual capabilities and brand contributions.

Commenting on the success of the event, Toni Eid, Founder of Telecom Review Group and CEO of Trace Media International, said, “A heartfelt thank you to all participants, distinguished speakers, and partners for their unwavering support for the huge success of the 17th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit. The two days have been filled of excitement, networking and knowledge sharing. We look ahead with anticipation to the continued evolution of industry discourse and innovative advancements, and we will be ready to craft another chapter in ICT leadership excellence. Join us next year for another groundbreaking 18th edition!”

Jeff Seal, Chief of the Awards Committee, Managing Partner and Editor-in-Chief, Telecom Review North America, said, “In 2023, the Telecom Review Excellence Awards set a new benchmark, attracting significant industry interest with a record-breaking global nomination. To accommodate this, we introduced more distinct awards on a global and regional scale. These awards remain the industry standard for peer recognition, thanks to the thorough deliberation by our esteemed panel of global experts. Congratulations to all winners, and we look forward to another celebration of excellence next year!"

Among the list of Telecom Review Merit Leader Awards 2023, Haithem Mohammed Alfaraj, Group Chief Technology Officer, Saudi Telecom Company (stc), was recognized as the ‘Global Merit Leader CTO of the Year – Operator.’

At the helm of stc, Haithem Mohammed Alfaraj has orchestrated a technological renaissance, pushing the boundaries of innovation, enhancing customer experience, and expanding network reach. Guided by his leadership, stc has elevated digital empowerment and connectivity to unparalleled heights; generating myriad job opportunities for the diverse populace and enriching their digital lives.

Commenting on this milestone, Haithem Mohammed Alfaraj said, “I am deeply honored to receive the award from Telecom Review. This recognition is a result of the tireless efforts and dedication of the entire stc team, coupled with the nation’s aspirations in supporting the industry in attaining the highest standards of digital infrastructure. Together, we have pushed the boundaries of innovation, advanced digital transformation, and upheld our commitment to sustainability. I am grateful for this award and it further motivates us to continue driving technological excellence for a better, more connected future.”

The 17th edition of the Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit, under the theme “Global, Regional, Digital,” is one of the most anticipated and largest ICT events in the industry. Comprising of thousands of distinguished guests, the two-day gathering on December 6-7, 2023 welcomed C-level executives within the ICT industry and a broad range of professionals including telecom operators, telecom vendors/suppliers, industry regulators, government officials, content providers, cybersecurity experts, consultants and smart city innovators.

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