Benya, formerly known as Fiber Misr (FM), was founded in 2017 in Cairo, Egypt, with the vision to become an industry disruptor, revolutionizing the region’s ICT infrastructure. The name Benya (pronounced Behn-yah), means infrastructure in Arabic, and relays the company’s core line of business being the development, enhancement and optimization of ICT infrastructure. Benya is a hybrid company with holding company properties and oversight of its subsidiaries, as well as its own independent operation, the company has undergone the reorganization of its structure and rebranding in January of 2020.
In the three years since its inception, and two years of operation, Benya has become the leading ICT infrastructure company and the trusted partner amongst the most reputable of vendors and clients (both public and private) in Egypt. In addition to its proven track record in the awarding and completion of key nation-wide strategic mega projects totaling an excess of $1B USD, Benya prides itself in its solid reputation for quality and efficient end-to-end ICT infrastructure and related services.
Benya has two core competencies, namely, the contracting arm responsible for the deployment and fully optimized system integration and automation in both passive and active ICT infrastructure projects, as well as the investment arm which focuses on a design, build (or acquire) and operate business model. Through its own operation and oversight of Benya’s numerous and growing list of subsidiaries, Benya continues to position itself as the partner of choice encompassing businesses in all ICT industry verticals.
Benya chooses Egypt as its anchor market, due to its strategic geographic location, history, demographics and to support the Egyptian Governments 2030 Vision mandating a strong commitment to the advancement of the ICT industry. Benya believes Africa is the land of opportunities, and has formulated a solid expansion strategy to replicate its national success throughout the whole of the Middle East and Africa, positioning itself to become the regional leading ICT Infrastructure Group for all countries with a mandate to pursue the digital transformation of key industries.
The first mega Fiber Optics cables manufacturing facility in Africa and the Middle East, in conjunction with global leading manufacturer of fiber optic cables, Corning. BCA aims to begin with the production of 60,000km/ 4 million fibers to bridge the supply gap in the region and reduce the cost of cables. A supplementary partnership with Arab Organization for Industrialization and Suez Canal Economic Zone has also been established, with the location strategically selected to ease servicing both national and international demands. The factory is expected to be in operation by Q3 of FY2021 for a total investment of 1B EGP.
Benya Raqmeya is full-fledged “One-Stop-Shop” marketplace that provides small and medium enterprises with all business requirements. The initiative represents the next generation and evolutionary development of cloud enabled solutions, which contributes to the country’s vision of enabling the development of a strong digital economy relying on equitable and affordable access to knowledge.
“Benya Raqmeya” offers its customers with the necessary infrastructure to connect efficiently and securely to the cloud through a set of solutions. The platform gives enterprises the freedom of choosing between the best cloud services that meet their business need while ensuring cost optimization, avoiding vendor lock-in, providing flexible data storage options, and addresses the enterprises lack of expertise and management overhead experience.
Founded in 2004 and formerly known as Equinox Egypt, this company was part of an inorganic acquisition in 2018, of a leading regional system integrator, Equinox International. FMS specializes in the active component of system integration and is currently engaged in several high-profile projects with public and private sector clients.
FME is specialized in the passive component of system integration, namely, electro-mechanical and civil contractor works with a focus on the execution and delivery of projects in the fields of electromechanical and light current technologies.
Ahmed Mekky is the Chairman and CEO of Benya. With more than 20 years of senior level experience in the telecommunications and technology sectors, Mekky has significantly contributed to the advancement of the industry in Egypt and the region. His exceptional vision, dedication and accomplishments have earned him recognition as a thought leader in the telecommunication and technology industry.
Ahmed Mekky is the Chairman and CEO of Benya Capital. With more than 20 years of senior level experience in the telecommunications and technology sectors, Mekky has significantly contributed to the advancement of the industry in Egypt and the region. His exceptional vision, dedication and accomplishments have earned him recognition as a thought leader in the telecommunication and technology industry.
Prior to joining Benya Capital, Mekky held the position of CEO and co-founder of Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the first privately-owned telecommunications service provider that operates its own neutral submarine cable connecting the MENA region to Europe, Africa and Asia, where he has guided the company to expand its cable reach from the initial 13,000KM stretch to 40,000KM, and successfully route 30% of the total GCC usage through the GBI cable network.
In 2016, Mekky established Fiber Misr, specialized in ICT Infrastructure, digital transformation, system integration, and building and optimizing SMART city solutions worldwide. He also played a crucial role in concluding telecommunication infrastructure and satellite communication solutions for several companies including Madar Telecommunications, Falcon Stream, and ZakSat. In 2015, Mekky was appointed member of Egyptian Kuwaiti Cooperation Council. Mekky was also chairman of SAMENA Council for Telecommunications Sector, and member of the Industry Committee of Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Egypt (NTRA).
Mekky’s outstanding efforts were recognized on national and international levels. He was awarded the “Industry CEO of the Year – Infrastructure Provider – Middle East” during the Telecom Review Summit, the ICT Industry’s biggest event in the Middle East. He was also presented with the Best Telecoms Technology Investment and Best Niche/New Player awards in 2012 by CommsMea and Capacity Europe respectively.
In 2014, Mekky received the CEO of the year award for the telecommunication category at the CEO Middle East Awards for his outstanding achievements in GBI. He also secured the 59th and 63rd position of the top 100 most influential leaders in the communication sector on a global scale in GTB for 2014 and 2013 respectively. He was nominated and shortlisted twice for the CEO award by World Communications
In 2012, he was elected by Pacific Telecommunications Council as the first and only Middle Eastern CEO to their Board of Governors for a 3-year term commencing in 2013. In the same year, he was also included in Global Telecoms Business (GTB) Power 100 list, appointed to the board of ITIDA, as well as the board of the Italian Egyptian Business council for the facilitation of the economic initiatives and relations between Italy and Egypt.
Mekky graduated from Cairo University with a B. Sc. In Communications and Electronics Engineering, followed by a Pre-master’s in computer engineering from Cairo University, and a M. Sc in ITI from the University of Nottingham.