Angolan mobile phone company, Unitel has been elected to chair the GSMA Association Africa Fraud and Security Group (AFASG), a specific working group dedicated to dealing with critical fraud and security issues for the telecommunications industry in Africa.
The mandate has a period of two years, renewable for two more, upon evaluation of the work carried out and subject to a new election. The appointment is the result of an application process which is based on the presentation of a Strategic Leadership Plan for the Group in Africa, submitted to the consideration of its members.
Unitel competed with MTN, which has 18 operations in Africa and with Wana Corporate, Morocco. The role of Chair will be assured by the Director of Risk, Fraud and Security of Unitel, José Carlos Sobreira Martins.
The AFASG includes the major telecommunication groups in Africa such as: Orange, MTN, Airtel, Vodafone / Vodacom, and Millicom / Tigo, in addition to other individual mobile operators and Associate Members such as technology vendors such as Ericsson and Huawei.
AFASG is an entity within the framework of the GSMA Association, which in turn represents the international interests of all mobile telecommunications operators in the world. There are more than 800 mobile operators, and more than 350 associated companies that are part of the broad mobile ecosystem.