Qatar Telecom (Qtel) is the telecommunications service provider licensed by the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) to provide both fixed and mobile telecommunications services in the state of Qatar. We have a presence in 17 countries, and we are committed to expansion both in the Middle East and North Africa region and South East Asia. In total, we provide coverage to a population in excess of 560 million people, with 57.5 million consolidated subscribers. Qtel has a strong vision and strategy to offer consumer mobile, consumer broadband, and corporate managed services to our customers across Middle East and North Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, and South East Asia.
Dr. Nasser Marafih is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ooredoo Group since 2006. He also served as Ooredoo Qatar CEO from 2002 until 2011.
Born in Doha, Qatar, Dr. Marafih holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Science and a Ph.D in Communication Engineering, all from George Washington University, USA. Dr. Nasser started his career at Qtel in 1992 as expert advisor from the University of Qatar and was involved in the introduction of the first GSM service in the Middle East in February 1994. He joined Ooredoo Qatar in February 1994 as a Director for Strategic Planning & Development and led a number of strategic projects including the introduction of the Internet service in Qatar in 1996 and the privatization of Ooredoo Qatar from a government owned company to a publicly listed company in 1999. After his appointment as CEO in 2001, Dr. Nasser has spearheaded Ooredoo's global growth in recent years to expand to 17 operations in Middle East and Asia, including Ooredoo's acquisition of Wataniya Telecom, Ooredoo's strategic partnership with ST Telemedia in Singapore, as well as the company’s purchase of a controlling stake in Indosat of Indonesia.
Dr. Marafih serves in as a board member in a number of the Ooredoo Group companies including: Indosat (Indonesia), Wataniya (Kuwait), Asiacell (Iraq), Nedjma (Algeria), Tunisiana (Tunis), Wataniya (Palestine) and wi-tribe (Philippines). In addition, Dr. Marafih serves as Chairman of the Board of the GSMA Mobile for Development Foundation and as a member of the Board of GSMA. He is also the chairman of the South Asia, Middle East, North Africa region's SAMENA Telecommunication Council.