Wataniya Telecom was commercially launched in 1999 as the first privately owned telecommunications operator in Kuwait. In March 2007, the Qatar Telecom group acquired fifty-one percent of Wataniya Telecom (NMTC). NMTC is listed in the Kuwait Stock Exchange and is the legal entity owner of shares in Wataniya Maldives, Bravo, Tunisiana, Nedjma and Wataniya Palestine. Wataniya is a customer-driven company that aims to provide product and service excellence. The company has been a driving force in increasing the mobile market penetration in Kuwait (over 80%). Wataniya Telecom has grown rapidly through acquisitions in Kuwait, Tunisia, Algeria, Saudi Arabia Maldives and Palestine.
Wataniya Telecom was commercially launched in 1999 as the first privately owned operator in Kuwait. In March 2007, Qatar Telecom (Qtel) acquired 51% of Wataniya Telecom shares from Kuwait Projects Company Holding KSC (KIPCO) group.
Wataniya is a customer driven company that aims to provide product and service excellence that is leading to a real customer value... The company has been a driving force in increasing the mobile market penetration in Kuwait (over 80%) Wataniya Telecom has grown rapidly through acquisitions and enjoys a remarkable expansion in MENA & ASIA. Driving operations in Kuwait, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Algeria and in 2007 in Palestine.
Qtel is the exclusive telecommunications provider in Qatar. Its principal activities include local and international fixed telephone, mobile, Internet, data and cable television services. Qtel is now active in 16 countries, including Qatar, Oman, Iraq, Singapore and Indonesia. In November 2006, Qtel acquired a strategic 38% equity stake with AT&T in NavLink, a leading provider of Managed Data Services to businesses in the Middle East. Qtel is a winner of the 2006 GCC Economic Award, and is listed on the Doha Securities Market, in addition to the exchanges in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and also has a listed GDR in London. Qtel (short for Qatar Telecom) used to be the exclusive telecommunications provider in Qatar and is one of the largest public companies in Qatar with about 2000 employees. It was successfully launched on the Doha Securities Market in 1998 and listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1999, the Bahrain Stock Exchange in 2001 and the Abu Dhabi Securities Market in 2002. Qtel is a winner of the 2005 Gulf Excellence Award and the 2006 Economic Award. In 2009, Vodafone Qatar started operating in Qatar.
Wataniya in Algeria
Branded as Nedjma, Wataniya Telecom Algeria commenced operations in 2004. Starting out as Algeria's third mobile operator, today Nedjma commands second place and controls twenty-two percent of this highly competitive North African mobile market. As one of the most instantly recognizable brands in the country-Nedjma offers value-for-money mobile voice, data and multimedia services delivered across a nation wide EDGE-ready network.
Wataniya in Tunisia
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Wataniya's Unique and Innovative Services
Wataniya Telecom has been an innovator in the field of telecom in Kuwait investing its efforts and resources to provide enhanced and services to its customers. Wataniya has excelled in delivering unique services marking it as one of the leading telecom companies in the region.
On December 4th, 2009 Wataniya Telecom turned 10 years old. As a countdown to its grand 10th anniversary, Wataniya started a season of celebrations on October 10 and launched a one of a kind campaign for the occasion.
A slogan stated "We are Just Getting Started" was introduced to the people of Kuwait promising its customers continuous surprises, offers, and the best services.
Wataniya introduced a number of products and services during its season of celebrations in which it affirmed it position as a market leader and a dedicated company to provide the latest and most up to date services to its post paid and prepaid customers.
Wataniya's 10 achievements over the past 10 years
Over the past 10 years, Wataniya had numerous accomplishments and successes that led to shaping the
telecom industry in Kuwait:
1999 – 1st Privately Owned Telecom Operator
2000 – 1st to Launch Pre-paid
2001–1st to Mobile Entertainment
2002–1st Kuwaiti Operator to Expand Regionally
2003–1st to Launch Music news service
2004 –1st to Upgrade Network to International Standards
2005 – Wataniya launches Prepaid Roaming
2006 – Wataniya Telecom challenges traditional internet service provisioned by introducing high speed internet access service
2007-1ST to 1st Telecom operator to be listed by Forbes as one of the top 50 brands regionally.
2008 – Wataniya Telecom Empowers Customers with the ability to communicate from the Sky with In-Flight Roaming Service
2009 – The first operator to introduce "international Top up" Service and the Blackberry Prepaid service.
To ensure remaining as a company with an advanced network, innovative products and a being a pioneer in delivering outstanding customer service, Wataniya gave its customers 10 promises and guaranteed to abide by them in the upcoming years: Innovation, Technology, Style, Creativity, Continuity, Exclusivity, Originality, Inspiration, Transparency, communication and youth. Upon delivering those promises, Wataniya will continue rising to standards beyond customer's expectations and maintaining its leading position in the market.
Benefiting the Community
Wataniya Telecom is committed to its key role in enhancing the community and taking major role in creating a level of awareness among the society and youth. Since its establishment, Wataniya has continuously been involved in projects and campaigns aiming to guide the youth of Kuwait, motivate them and support them in every step needed. Wataniya has played a major role in advocating positive change and lending support to all different segments of the society of various fields.
The company strongly believes that participating in a variety of community-oriented programs aim at improving the quality of life and the prosperity of the societies it serves. The management and staff of Wataniya Telecom recognize their social obligations to invest in the development and future prosperity of the communities which it serves. Ranging from social to cultural to sports programs, Wataniya evidently has left its footprints in each and will continue to invest of its efforts in the upcoming years.