... to expand ops in Middle East, Africa; work on new areas
Krishna Gopal, vice-president of sales (the Middle East, Africa and Saarc), said, “We are constantly looking at expanding our scope of work with the existing clients and could see certain contracts flowing in from Africa.”
According to Gopal, most greenfield operators that have launched their services in the last two to three years in the West Asia are keen on saving costs, as they paid high licence fees to enter these markets. Telecom operator Zain had paid a license fee of $6.1 billion for third GSM/3G in 2007 to get an entry in Saudi Arabia. This was almost twice the price paid by Etisalat for the second mobile licence ($3.45 billion) in 2004. “The greenfield kind of contracts are now tapering off as priorities are changing for the telecom operators in this region,” Gopal said. “We are, therefore, looking forward to a number of contracts that focus on revenue assurance,
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