Celcom (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, a Technology Resources Industries (TRI) Bhd company has been the leading mobile cellular operator in Malaysia for the past 10 years. Celcom's main business activity is to develop and market Mobile Services such as Celcom GSM and ART 900 and Fixed Services such as Direct Connect, Leased Lines, Equal Access and Virtual Private network (VPN). Within Celcom's short history in the telecommunications business, it has ventured into value-added services, the latest being multimedia.
Celcom Axiata Berhad provides mobile communication services for customers in Malaysia. It offers voice, mobile broadband and email, roaming, and IDD services, as well as ...view middle of the document...
Competition soon sets in, and several digital mobile telcos compete for market dominance. It was the age of the phenomenal growth of mobile services.
During the Asian financial crisis in 1997, Celcom's owner, Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli suffered a debt crunch, and his shareholding in Celcom was seized by Danaharta, the national asset restructuring company. Failure to resolve his debts resulted in the controlling stake in Celcom being sold to Telekom Malaysia, the government-owned incumbent fixed line operator in 2003. Telekom Malaysia proceeded to merge Celcom with its own mobile-operator subsidiary TMTouch through a reverse takeover of TMTouch.
Celcom was originally listed on the Bursa Malaysia, but after the merger with Telekom Malaysia Berhad, it has since remained private. Owing to the bad management of its former management Celcom was as found liable by an arbitration panel in Switzerland for infringing an agreement signed with Deutsche Telekom AG’s unit, DeTeAsia in 2002.
The tribunal ruled that Celcom was liable to pay DeTeAsia US$177.2 million in principal plus US$16.2 million in interest as well as other legal and arbitration costs. This works out to a tidy sum of about RM740 million, leaving Telekom to intensify its efforts at recovering monies from Celcom’s previous owners for their misdeed. Only then will TM be able to fully exorcise itself from the haunting of Celcom’s tumultuous past.
Celcom is one of the largest telecommunications service providers in Malaysia and the region. Its core business remains prepaid and postpaid mobile voice services. Celcom has also achieved significant growth in mobile broadband, m-commerce, enterprise solutions and bulk wholesale services. Celcom continues to have the widest network coverage in the country. Through ongoing investments in network coverage, capacity and performance, Celcom intends to maintain its technology leadership and position as the country’s best mobile service provider.
In line with market focus and positioning strategy, we will continue to focus on a more sophisticated segment management, new product and services beyond voice, a significant enhanced Human Capital Management and major transformation on customer experience.
Celcom is part of Axiata Group, one of the largest Asian telecommunication companies, focused on high growth low penetration emerging markets. Apart from Celcom, Axiata has controlling interests in mobile operators in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Cambodia with significant strategic stakes in India, Singapore, Pakistan and Thailand through its various subsidiaries and affiliates.
2.1 ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
Shazalli was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Director of Celcom on 1 September 2005 while Narain Singh Sidhu is a chief operating officer of Celcom Axiata Bhd. Suresh is currently the chief corporate and operations officer of Celcom. He has been with the Axiata group since 2009. Chrari TVT is a CFO at Celcom. Mohammad...