Axiata Group Berhad takes top honors in the 13th Telecom Asia Awards


Kuala Lumpur, 20 April 2010 - Axiata Group Berhad (“Axiata”), took top honours at the Telecom Asia awards, bagging three awards in total for the Group. Axiata was voted Best Regional Mobile Group for its operations in multiple Asian markets, whilst Celcom Axiata, its Malaysian mobile arm, took the prize for Best Mobile Carrier. Alongside these, Axiata's CEO Dato' Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim was voted Telecom CEO of the Year for his performance at the helm of the company, achieving “outstanding financial performance” in a difficult environment over the past 12 months, the judges' citation said.

“We would like to thank Telecom Asia for the recognition. It is a great honour to be recognised by them, given the players in the region. 2009 was a watershed year for the group, fuelled by strong performances across the Group. The awards are recognition of the Group's strong presence and continued success in the region's telecommunications market as well as an acknowledgement of our transformation, barely a year since we became Axiata,” said Dato' Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim, President and Chief Executive Officer of Axiata.

The awards were chosen by a panel of more than 20 judges, comprising industry analysts and editors, who judged operators on their innovation, market leadership and operational performance. The Awards, Asia's most prestigious telecommunications industry honours, have been presented every year since 1998 by Telecom Asia magazine.

"We congratulate Dato' Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim and the Axiata Group in taking the honors in three categories in this year's Telecom Asia Awards," said Telecom Asia Group Editor Joseph Waring.

"Axiata was the standout performer at this year's awards, thanks to its outstanding financial performance in its key markets of Malaysia and Indonesia in difficult conditions over the past 12 months. Mr Ibrahim also won personal recognition as Telecom CEO of the Year for his role in leading Axiata's successful demerger and IPO."

“We are very pleased with the awards and have to give due recognition to all employees of the Group, who stepped up their efforts last year to achieve such strong results. For the Best Mobile Carrier award to Celcom, I congratulate all Celcom employees and in particular Dato' Sri Shazalli Ramly, for his strong and creative leadership. The awards are testament to all the hard work and efforts at the Group and across all our operating companies,” Dato' Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim concluded.


About Axiata


Axiata is one of the largest Asian telecommunication companies focused on high growth low penetration emerging markets. Axiata has controlling interests in mobile operators in Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Cambodia with significant strategic stakes in India, Singapore and Iran. India and Indonesia are amongst the fastest growing telecommunications markets in the world. In addition, the Malaysian-grown holding company has stakes in non-mobile telecommunication operations in Thailand and Pakistan.

The Group's mobile subsidiaries and associates operate under the brand name ‘Celcom' in Malaysia, ‘XL' in Indonesia, ‘Dialog' in Sri Lanka, ‘Robi' in Bangladesh, ‘HELLO' in Cambodia, ‘Idea' in India, ‘M1' in Singapore and ‘MTCE' in Iran (Esfahan).

The Group's, including its subsidiaries and associates, has over 120 million mobile subscribers in Asia. The Group's revenue for 2009 was RM13.1 billion. The Group provides employment to over 25,000 people across Asia. Axiata's vision is to be a regional champion by 2015 by piecing together the best throughout the region in connectivity, technology and people, uniting them towards a single goal: “Advancing Asia”.

Axiata was awarded the ‘Frost & Sullivan 2009 Asia Pacific ICT Award' for ‘Best Telecom Group'.