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Sir Magdi Yacoub’s Auctioned Tie Heals Hearts

Publication: Digital Boom

Date: June 2016

"Egypt’s first mobile-based charity auction raised EGP 26,000 for renowned heart surgeon Sir Magdi Yacoub’s tie, which he donated to raise funds for the Aswan Heart Hospital that he founded to treat thousands of cardiac patients for free in the country."

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When buying a tie means saving a life

Publication: Daily News Egypt

Date: June 2016

"In an online campaign called Mazad Elkheir (the goodwill auction), Yacoub vowed to donate the revenues from his tie for the Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation, which provides medical care for children with cardiac health problems"

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Customer Analytics, Agility, and Corporate Partnerships: How TA Telecom Expanded Beyond Egypt

Publication: Wamda

Date: May 2016

"The research and writing of this case study was carried out by Iliana Montauk. Jamil Wyne, provided valuable guidance for structuring and implementing this publication. Heba Gamal, former Managing Director of Endeavor Egypt and Amr Shady, Founder and Executive Chairman of TA Telecom also provided important in- sights and feedback throughout the study. Teeb Assaf, William Altman, and Tarren Peterson from the Wamda Research Lab edited this case study."

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Egyptian talent and wealth are concentrated in the capital

Publication: Financial Times

Date: 22.09.15

""Local hero: TA telecom is an SMS-based content delivery provider, founded by Amr Shady which has expanded..."

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Africa’s TA telecom wins a Red Herring

Publication: IT-ONLINE

Date: 27.04.15

"Competing with hundreds of innovative companies, TA telecom is the only African-headquartered tech company to win the Red Herring Top 100 Europe award – a prestigious list honouring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the European business region.”

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Endeavor Entrepreneur Amr Shady (TA Telecom) talks about thinking big and making better decisions

Publication: Endeavor South Africa

Date: 26.01.15

"Katlego Msomi and serial entrepreneur Teboho Mafodi talk to Egyptian entrepreneur Amr Shady, who shares his journey of being one of the world’s most recognised tech innovators, via Business Day TV. TA Telecom was ranked fourth in the Deloitte Technology Fast50 Africa Programme in 2014, which recognises companies that have achieved the fastest rates of revenue growth in Africa over the past five years.”.

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Hustling in Joburg

Publication: MIT Sloan

Date: 15.01.15

"For all intents and purposes, we arrived in Johannesburg as the first boots on the ground in South Africa for our client. TA Telecom is based in Egypt and engaged us to develop the strategy to launch a new product in the South African market. It’s an unusual situation for a G-Lab team as most groups spend the first week meeting with employees at the host company, sharing their remote research, and refining the plan of how they will spend the remainder of their visit. However, having a remote client has given us a strong sense of ownership over our project and allowed us to dive right into creating new business opportunities for TA Telecom.”.

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Amr Shady’s TA Telecom is one of the fastest growing tech companies in Africa

Publication: CCTV

Date: 28.06.15

"At age 15, he was admitted at a Canadian university to study electrical engineering. By 23, he had started his own business. And today in his 30s, Egyptian Amr Shady runs one of the 50 fastest-growing technology companies in Africa, as ranked by professional services firm Deloitte. He won the prestigious Europe Top 100 Red Herring Award and currently operates in Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and the Gulf states. CCTV’s Yasser Hakim met with Amr Shady to find out more about his business ventures”.

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‘Thinking big’ key to tech CEO Amr Shady’s success

Publication: How we made it in Africa

Date: 27.09.14

"At age 15 he was admitted at a Canadian university to study electrical engineering. By 23 he started his own business, and today, in his 30s, Amr Shady runs one of the 50 fastest-growing technology companies in Africa as ranked by professional services firm Deloitte. Dinfin Mulupi spoke to the entrepreneur via email about his motivations to venture into business, the lessons he has learned and his ambition to “build the next Google”.

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TA telecom as a Finalist at Red Herring Top 100 Europe

Publication: Digital Boom

Date: 09.04.15

"TA telecom is the only African tech company shortlisted as a finalist for Red Herring’s Top 100 Europe award. This is a prestigious list, honouring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the European business region. The Red Herring editorial team selects and evaluates nominees on 20 main quantitative and qualitative criteria including disruptive impact, market footprint, proof of concept, financial performance, technology innovation, social value, quality of management, execution of strategy, and integration into their respective industries.

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Vodacom faces stiff competition as new operator enters Tanzania

Publication: Business Day

Date: 28.10.14

Egypt-based TA Telecom’s CEO Amr Shady said the rules are counter-productive to sector growth. "The … law that states that new telecoms are required to list on the exchange is extreme. In reality, offering incentives to list would be a much better approach," Mr Shady said. - Amr Shady, TA Telecom CEO, as quoted in Reuters...

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Viettel to invest $1 bln on 3G telecoms network in Tanzania: officials

Publication: Reuters

Date: 28.10.14

"Companies such as TA Telecom have experienced many challenges acquiring a license to operate in the telecoms services space in Tanzania. Disincentives and roadblocks for (foreign companies) to come to Tanzania can only hamper Tanzania's long-term competitiveness.” - Amr Shady, TA Telecom CEO, as quoted in Reuters...

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Forget Amazon, drone delivery will take off in Africa

Publication: Wired

Date: 13.02.14

The extraordinary acceleration of mobile phone ownership in Africa has transformed the continent. According to a December 2013 report by TA Telecom, mobile phone penetration is now more than 80 percent and means that fixed-line internet infrastructure is unlikely to happen...

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African mobile penetration hits 80% (and is growing faster than anywhere else)

Publication: VentureBeat

Date: 03.12.13

We tend to have certain paradigms about the “developed world” and the “developing world.” Including, of course, media-fed images of Africa as a place of almost irredeemable poverty, deprivation, and pain. Many of our paradigms are, of course, illusions...

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Africa: an untapped opportunity for Middle Eastern startups

Publication: Wamda

Date: 10.12.13

Cellular penetration in Africa is growing at a rate of around 4.2 percent – a rate unequalled anywhere else in the world. In terms of mobile internet adoption, the picture is similar; it's expected that the number of smartphone users in Nigeria will rise from the current figure of around six million to more than 35 million by 2017...

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Africa and venture capital: How VCs can help 12 of the world’s 20 fastest-growing countries

Publication:VentureBeat

Date: 18.10.13

Mobile donations across the month of Ramadan have raised KSh. 42.5 million for Egyptian charities and NGOs, according to recent figures by TA Telecom. Over a quarter of a million (284,632) individuals donated KSh. 42.5 million (USD 484,702) to charities such as the 57357 Children Cancer Hospital, Egyptian Food Bank and Resala Charity Organization during Ramadan - a traditional time of giving in Islam...

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Egyptians give KSh. 42.5 million over mobile to Charity during Ramadan

Publication: CIO East Africa

Date: 13.08.13

Mobile donations across the month of Ramadan have raised KSh. 42.5 million for Egyptian charities and NGOs, according to recent figures by TA Telecom. Over a quarter of a million (284,632) individuals donated KSh. 42.5 million (USD 484,702) to charities such as the 57357 Children Cancer Hospital, Egyptian Food Bank and Resala Charity Organization during Ramadan - a traditional time of giving in Islam...

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Africa's Tech Engines

Publication: All Africa

Date: 26.06.13

Much has been made in recent years of Africa’s ‘innovation boom’, as Nairobi, Cape Town, Lagos and Accra emerge as stomping grounds for technology start-ups. The surge of activity tracks the continent’s blossoming relationship with the mobile phone...

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The mobile opportunity for startups in the Middle East and Africa

Publication: Wamda

Date: 23.06.13

“Even though we have a mobile penetration rate of 109% in the Middle East, I still see room for growth,” says Amr Shady, the founder of TA Telecom in Egypt upon the release of the latest Ericsson Mobility Report...

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Chat apps slash MNO SMS traffic as customers move with the times

Publication: Telemedia

Date: 09.05.13

Research by Informa for the Financial Times has found that SMS revenues are on the brink of terminal decline as OTT messaging services such as WhatsApp and iMessage, along with social media messaging services, take traffic away from operators at a now alarming rate...

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Chat apps surpass SMS texting in popularity, but not in Africa

Publication: The African Business Journal

Date: 29.04.13

The volume of traffic from chat-based apps like Blackberry Messenger and WhatsApp have reportedly surpassed SMS text messaging for the first time, based on new data released today from research firm Informa...

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Amr Shady, CEO of TA Telecom, on standing up for Africa and the Middle East

Publication: Entrepreneur Country

Date: 04.04.13

Shady is the chief executive officer of TA Telecom, the value-added telecommunications services company he co-founded at the age of just 23 after eschewing a long-term career in his family’s electrical contracting business in favour of developing his own firm...

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Arabia500 Announces 130 of the Fastest Growing Companies in the Middle East

Publication: Wamda

Date: 29.11.12

In anticipation of theArabia500 gathering on December 10th at the 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Dubai, the AllWorld Network has announced the first 130 Finalists for the 2012 Arabia500 earlier this month...

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Making Their Mark

Publication: Stanford Business.edu

Date: 02.10.12

When the nonprofit organization Endeavor Global says they mentor "high-impact" entrepreneurs around the world, they're not kidding. At the far north of the African continent, Egyptian entrepreneur Amr Shady has also been an early starter, cofounding the company for which he now serves as CEO, TA Telecom, at age 23...

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Emerging Stars, Egypt – TA Telecom

Publication: Emerging Stars TV (YouTube)

Date: 29.08.12

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Entrepreneur of the Week

Publication: Wamda

Date: 15.05.12

This week's Entrepreneur of the Week is Amr Shady of Egypt-based mobile value-added service provider company T.A. Telecom. In a Skype chat with Wamda, he describes how he got his start pitching mobile advertising concepts...

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Game-Changing Global Entrepreneurs

Publication: Milken Institute (YouTube)

Date: 30.04.12

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The road to ‘High-Impact’ entrepreneurship in the Middle East

Publication: Endeavor Global

Date: 20.12.11

By 2020, an estimated 100 million young people, many of them college-educated, will enter the job market. What kind of opportunities can they expect? How can the region guarantee there will be enough high-quality jobs to go around?...

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Five 'Young World' Tech Innovators to Watch

Publication: Internet Evolution

Date: 07.07.11

TA Telecom has been providing connectivity to Egypt’s mobile market since 2000, and has ridden a 1000 percent surge in demand since those early days to become one of the Middle East’s largest platforms for time- and location-specific content...

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T.A. Telecom: An Idea, Big Growth, Challenges for More

Publication: Abraaj

Date: Feb 2011

"El-Khazindar Business Research and Case Center, American University of Cairo innovations / Special Edition for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, 2011"

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