Somalia’s rapidly evolving telecommunications industry reached a remarkable milestone this year, with Somtel Somalia, securing the prestigious title of “Best Telecommunication of the Year” Prize at the Somali Business Awards 2023.
After three months of intense online voting on sobaawards.com, Somtel Somalia emerged as the leading industry, reaffirming its commitment to providing high-quality telecommunication services to the Somali people.
Somtel Somalia has been honored with the “Best Telecommunication of the Year” award for demonstrating an exceptional service in connecting people and businesses across the nation.
The Deputy Minister of Commerce, HE. Osman Daalo, praised the event for its role in advancing excellence and innovation in Somalia’s business community. He stressed the vital role of businesses in driving economic growth and stability in the nation and expressed his appreciation for the hard work and dedication showcased by the award recipients.
The Somali Business Awards which have been recognizing and celebrating excellence in the Somali business community for several years, hosted their annual event online, drawing substantial participation and enthusiasm from both the industry and the public. The Telecommunication category was hotly contested, with various telecommunications companies vying for the coveted title. Somtel Somalia, however, emerged as the clear frontrunner.
The recognition bestowed upon Somtel Somalia by SOBA AWARDS is not merely a testament to its success in the telecommunication sector but also a reflection of the company’s dedication to the advancement of communication infrastructure in Somalia. With a presence in various regions across the country, Somtel Somalia has played essential role in connecting people, enabling economic growth, and improving the overall quality of life.
The three-month voting process on sobaawards.com saw enthusiastic participation from the public, who recognized Somtel Somalia ‘s commitment to innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction. This groundswell of support underscores the impact Somtel Somalia has made in the lives of the Somali people and businesses, that have come to rely on its telecommunication services.
Somtel Somalia, journey to the top has been marked by consistent efforts to expand its network, invest in cutting-edge technology, and provide affordable and reliable services. The company’s comprehensive range of telecommunications solutions includes mobile services, internet connectivity, and business solutions, making it a key driver of connectivity and digital transformation in Somalia.
Omar Mohamed Nor, Chief Commercial Officer Somtel Somalia, expressed his gratitude upon receiving the prestigious award.
“We are deeply honored to receive the ‘Best Telecommunication of the Year’ award from SOBA. It’s a recognition of our team’s unwavering dedication to providing the best telecommunication services to the people of Somalia. We are committed to continuously improving our services and expanding our network to empower individuals and businesses across the country.” He stated,
Somalia has experienced a significant transformation in its telecommunications sector in recent years, with increased access to mobile services, the internet, and other digital communication tools. Somtel Somalia has been at the forefront of this transformation, bridging the digital divide and enabling connectivity in both urban and rural areas.
The Somali Business Awards serve as a testament to the resilience and innovation of Somali businesses, even in the face of challenges. Somtel Somalia success in securing the “Best Telecommunication of the Year” award reinforces the notion that a commitment to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction can lead to significant recognition in the industry.
As Somalia continues to progress and develop, the telecommunication industry will play a pivotal role in driving economic growth, fostering education, and promoting communication among its citizens.
Somtel Somalia, recognition at the Somali Business Awards 2023 reaffirms its position as a trailblazer in this crucial sector and as a company that will continue to shape the future of telecommunications in Somalia.
Somtel Somalia :Connecting Somalia to the rest of the world
A few decades ago, Somalia experienced poor internet connectivity hence the citizens were cut off from the rest of the world. However, the situation has changed drastically with numerous telecommunication service providers setting up shops to connect the citizens to the rest of the world.
GSM 2023 Report indicates that the country is among the fast-growing countries in Africa that have advanced in technology, especially in the telecommunication sector.
Currently, the country’s internet penetration rate stands at 9.8 percent of the total population at the start of 2023.
This has been made possible by players like Somtel Somalia. They have been at the forefront of this transformation, bridging the digital divide and enabling connectivity in both urban and rural areas.
The telco firm currently controls 67 percent telecom customers across the nation.
This has helped greatly improved communication access in the country, as it has increased the capacity of the connectivity infrastructure and reduced the cost of the services. These services have also connected Somalia to other countries in the region and beyond at global level.
Founded two decades, Somtel is committed to connecting communities, empowering businesses, and enriching lives across Somalia, and advancing communication solutions and driving the nation’s growth.
Mobile phone penetration as a percentage of the population has been rising in the country, reaching 51.8 percent in 2021 in Somalia, according to the World Bank. This is 3.10 percent less than in the previous year.
Historically, mobile phone penetration as a percentage of the population in Somalia has been on the rise, reaching an all-time high of 53.5 percent in 2020 and an all-time low of 0.917 percent in 2000.
Even so, due to poor infrastructure, the county has been ranked 140th within the group of 144 countries we follow in terms of mobile phone penetration as a percentage of the population.
They also offer services like connectivity and cloud services, to support the growth and success of entrepreneurs and enterprises in the digital era.