Global Telecom Holding
|Type||Public (LSE: OTLD)|
|Predecessor(s)||Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E.|
|Founded||Cairo, Egypt (1998)|
|Key people||Khaled Bichara, Executive Chairman, Ahmed Abou Doma, Group CEO|
|Products||Mobile networks, Internet Services|
|Revenue||$5.065 billion USD (2009)|
|Parent||VimpelCom Ltd. (51.9%), GTH Free Float (48.1%)|
Global Telecom Holding S.A.E., formerly Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E., is an international telecommunications company operating GSM networks in the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Asia. It started its operations in Egypt by launching the first Egyptian mobile operator Mobinil in 1998.
On April 15, 2011, VimpelCom Ltd. announced the closing of the combination of VimpelCom and Global Telecom/WIND Telecom SpA. Therefore VimpelCom will own, through WIND Telecom SpA, 51.7% of Global Telecom Holding SAE and 100% of WIND Telecomunicazioni SpA (WIND Italy) and will be the sixth largest mobile telecom provider in the world.
From 200,000 subscribers in 1998 to more than 101 million subscribers, through its parent company “Wind Telecom”, Global Telecom (GTH) established itself as a global brand. Operating in eleven emerging markets, the company has a population under license of approximately 517 million with an average mobile telephony penetration of approximately 48% as of December 2010. Global Telecom operates GSM networks in Algeria ("OTA"), Pakistan ("Mobilink"), Egypt ("Mobinil"), Bangladesh ("Banglalink"), Burundi (Leo Burundi), DR Congo (SAIT) owned via Telecel International, Namibia (Leo Namibia), Central African Republic (Telecel CAR), North Korea (“Koryolink”) and Canada (Wind Mobile) through its indirect equity shareholding in Globalive Wireless and its indirect equity ownership in Telecel Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe). In 2009, the company was also awarded the management contract of one of the two Lebanese mobile telecommunications operators ("Alfa") from the government of the Republic of Lebanon.
GTH established a strong presence in the GSM Association (the world's leading wireless industry representative body) only five years after its inception.
Global Telecom has other Non-GSM companies including Arpu+, Ring, and Mena Cables. It has also extended its operation into Brussels, Belgium, through subsidiaries that are researching and developing WiMax technology, the successor of current Wi-Fi wireless technology.
Wind Telecom S.p.A.
Global Telecom Holding parent company is Wind Telecom, formerly Weather Investments. Wind Telecom also owns Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.A., the third largest mobile operator in Italy (bought May 2005).