Mobile Interim Company 2
On June 1, 2004, Zain (formerly known as MTC Group) the leading telecommunications mobile operator in the Middle East and Africa, was tendered a 4-year agreement by the Lebanese government to manage one of the country’s two existing mobile networks (Mobile Interim Company 2 – MIC2). In November 2004, the operation was branded as mtc touch and remains today the sole subsidiary amongst 22 others not to be owned by Zain Group.In collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications, mtc touch continues to enhance its network capacity while consistently providing its customers with cutting-edge products and services. It also seeks to improve the quality and variety of its services, without compromising on cost-effective pricing modules. With a strong commitment to the local workforce, 100% of mtc touch’s employee base is comprised of highly qualified Lebanese. Lebanese personnel are highly valued for being service-oriented, flexible, multilingual, and have become one of the country’s main resources on an international scale. The mother company, Zain, is the pioneer of mobile telecommunications in the Middle East. mtc (now Zain) began life in 1983 in Kuwait as the region's first mobile operator, and since the initiation of the expansion strategy in 2003, we have expanded rapidly.
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|Mr Claude Bassil|
Claude Bassil has over 18 years of progressive experience in the telecom and high tech sector including IT and telecom management. As of January 2008, he was assigned as the General Manager of touch Lebanon where he first worked as a Chief Information Officer (CIO) then as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO).
In 1994, Bassil occupied the position of Assistant Marketing Director, Head of Products & Services at FTML (Cellis), France Telecom – Lebanon. In 1997 he joined Vodafone Group Worldwide where he worked for more than four years in various mobile operations affiliated to the Group across the globe.
His first experience with Vodafone was at Eircell, currently Vodafone Ireland, where he was appointed as the Marketing Project Manager. Later on, he was assigned in Romania to work in the Mobifon SA startup, a Vodafone/TIW consortium, as the IT and Marketing Project Director. His next stop was in Egypt where he served as the Principle Consultant and Project Manager in Systems Integration for another Vodafone startup operation before heading to Hungary to handle his new position as Principle Consultant and Solution Architect. He closed the first chapter of his professional life with Vodafone Group after he was assigned in Kenya as the Billing Manager and Principle Consultant where he assisted the CEO in the startup operation of Safaricom Ltd-Kenya.
In 2001, he joined Orascom Telecom in Cairo as Group IT Director. His valuable experience and diversified knowledge in the field allowed him to play a key-role in the establishment of two of Orascom’s GSM operations, Sabafone in Yemen and OT-Tunisia. In October 2003, he joined MTC-Vodafone Bahrain as the Senior Billing and Settlement Manager, a step that paved the road to many successes, the last of which was his assignment as the General Manager of touch.
Bassil cumulates a Bachelor Degree in Telecommunication Engineering from “L’Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Beyrouth”, an MBA in Corporate Finance from the American University of Beirut and a Post Graduate Certificate in Consumer Marketing from the prestigious INSEAD in France.