Announcing the ARA Lab Deputy Chair: Samba Kouamelan from Orange

The African Roaming Alliance appoints Samba Kouamelan, Head of Roaming & Interworking Test Factory at Orange, as the new ARA Lab Deputy Chair. Former ARA Lab Deputy Chair, Gideon Ndogo from Safaricom, fulfilled his term after 2 years of supporting and contributing to the community of mobile operators in the African region with great passion. Samba will work closely with Theresa Adade from MTN GlobalConnect (ARA Lab Chair) and the Lab members to achieve the objectives defined in the ARA Work Plan.

“Implement the change and embrace the new technologies like Volte, M2M, 5G etc. via network deployment and testing must be addressed together. At the moment, we are only Roaming partner, now with ARA (African Roaming Alliance) it is time to become a community. I’m very excited to partner with Theresa Adade from MTN on the achievement of this goal. I believe that together, we will be able to address all the upcoming challenges.”

Samba Kouamelan

Samba is Head of Roaming & Interworking Test Factory. He manages twenty experts IREG & TADIG  using a remote testing tool. He also has SMS interworking in his testing scope. Samba has been serving as the Head of Technical at the ROC for two years managing three team leads (Reporting, QoS, IREG and Hub) for roaming activity on behalf of Orange affiliates. In 2015, Samba participated in the establishment of Orange Roaming Center Abidjan (ROC) as a Roaming specialist. He has also worked on Orange deal group connectivities and HUB. From 2012 to 2015, he was Roaming Coordinator and IREG Tadig tester for only Orange Cote d’Ivoire. Samba holds a Telecom Engineer Degree.

It’s with great pleasure that IO welcomes Samba Kouamelan to the team, and thanks Gideon Ndogo for his hard work and achievements as the first ARA Lab Deputy Chair. ARA is a space where African operators’ voices can be heard, no matter what their concerns might be, this platform will allow them to have a place of reference where to go for knowledge sharing.

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