Batelco (Bahrain Telecommunications Company) established in 1981, is the leading integrated communication services provider in the Kingdom of Bahrain and a company of reference among the region. Batelco serves both the corporate and consumer market in the most liberalized and competitive environment in the MENA region. At the end of the 2010, Batelco Bahrain’s customer base stood at 770,000 mobile customers, 88,500 Broadband customers and 185,000 fixed line connections, making Balteco the market leader for telecommunications in Bahrain. Our mission is to deliver innovation and value to our customers in each market, through competitive communications’ solutions and people excellence from our Operating Companies.
Rashid Abdulla has been Chief Executive for Batelco Bahrain since January 2011, having held the position of Managing Director of Qualitynet, Batelco's sister operation in Kuwait, since 2000. During his 10 year tenure at Qualitynet, Rashid helped to turn the company into a highly profitable and customer focused organisation recognised as the leading internet and Data Communications Company in Kuwait. Rashid has been in the telecommunications business for 30 years, beginning his career as a student in 1979 with Batelco's former shareholder, Cable & Wireless and training at their Telecommunications College in the UK. He later attended Thames Polytechnic, UK, from where he graduated with a BSc (hons) in Electrical & Electronics Engineering. A long and illustrious career has seen Rashid gain experience in various aspects of Batelco's operations, holding management and general management roles from 1986 onwards. Among the roles he has held are General Manager Major Accounts and General Manager of New Business Development. He was instrumental in the delivery of a number of major achievements over the past 26 years including the launch of Internet Services in 1995, which remains as one of Batelco's most significant and far reaching accomplishments. Rashid, who is supported by a strong team of experienced General Managers at Batelco Bahrain, has all the credentials necessary to lead and grow Batelco in Bahrain's competitive marketplace.