Sabafon and Siemens Deliver First GSM Roaming Service in Yemen [Archives:2001/28/Local News]

July 9 2001

Sabafon customers in Yemen are now able to make and receive calls on their Yemeni phone numbers even when they are outside the country. There are more than 13, 000 GSM subscribers with Sabafon and the number of subscribers is expected to increase with the improved technology that GSM roaming brings. Mr. Hassan Kabbani, CEO of Sabafon said that Sabafon now opens the roaming feature to provide the opportunity to connect Yemen and the rest of the world. The infrastructure of this service has been built by Siemens and it will make possible for people to contact Sabafon’s Yemeni mobile phone numbers regardless of whether or not the receiver is in Yemen. ” This service adds genuine value for Sabafon customers”, said Dr. Abdullah Tourbah, Vice President for Siemens Mobile Networks for the Middle East. GSM roaming service is made available via a Sabafon-led partnership between Siemens and regional operator ORASCOM in alliance with the leading local business partner, the Al-Ahmar Group in addition to Hellascom International Telecommunications of Greece and CCIC, one of the leading international construction companies worldwide.