VIVA to complete Menatelecom acquisition in Jan

Ahmed Saeed KFH Executive Manager, Abdulhakeem Y. Al-Khayyat – KFH Managing Director / CEO,  Ulaiyan Al Wetaid-VIVA Bahrain CEO, Richard Ltaif-VIVA CCAO

Manama: VIVA Bahrain and Kuwait Finance House-Bahrain (KFH-B) which had earlier announced an agreement paving the way for VIVA Bahrain to acquire the 100% share in KFH-B’s subsidiary Menatelecom, is set to complete the acquisition in January 2018.

“We are excited to announce the acquisition of Menatelecom, a strategic milestone for us in Bahrain’s highly dynamic and competitive telecommunications market. The acquisition will significantly enhance VIVA’s position in both the consumer broadband and enterprise markets; it will help us complement our offering by leveraging the strong capabilities of Menatelecom in the broadband segment. The acquisition reiterates VIVA’s commitment in investing in Bahrain’s economy and contributing to the country’s social progress. The acquisition is in line with VIVA’s growth strategy focusing on delivering innovative services, seamless connectivity and value-for-money. The acquisition will allow VIVA to enhance key technical capabilities and foster further product and service innovation,” Ulaiyan Al Wetaid, VIVA Bahrain’s CEO said.

“While we have achieved strong and sustainable growth in the Kingdom of Bahrain over the past seven years, Menatelecom’s successful position in the home broadband segment will be a key growth driver for VIVA,” he added.

“We would like to congratulate VIVA Bahrain for its acquisition of Menatelecom, which was established as a start-up by KFH-Bahrain and, by the Grace of Allah the Almighty, has developed into one of the leading telecom service provider in the Kingdom of Bahrain,” Abdulhakeem Al-Khayyat, Managing Director and CEO of KFH-B, said.
“As the case may be from one investment to another for a financial investor, KFH-Bahrain believed that it is time to exit to an industry player like VIVA which is a very capable telecom player not only in Bahrain but across the region.”

“Not only Menatelecom has a valuable asset, but also, more importantly a capable human resource team which competed well in a highly competitive market and, therefore, I would like to thank them for their efforts during KFH’s investment tenure. It gives us great pleasure in selling this company to a capable player VIVA who believes in the potential contribution of Menatelecom for further growth and we truly wish VIVA the very best with this acquisition.”

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