Asim Rashid - Project Management - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Muhammad Asim Rashid

Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Project Management


Project Management Specialist
Team Management
Operation & maintenance
Change Management
Network Optimization
Project roll-out
Vendor management
PMR/CMR Quality assurance
Performance evaluation / Appraisal
PMP Trainer

• Leading the teams/groups since last 11+ years, familiar with project management best practices.
• Monitoring the progress & performance of vendors/ contractors to ensure services delivery as per contractual agreements.

• Defining contracting/partnership operating models, appropriate KPI’s/SLAs & penalties.
• Recommendations for development of contractors/partners/vendors contracts terms & conditions amendments according to operational requirements.
• Development & establishing scope & authority & clear line of communications, set of processes & procedures as well.
• Active participation in developing solicitations, writing draft documents, budget development, workload & CPE forecast. Tracking & maintaining inventory of workload & CPEs.
• Meeting counterparts on regular basis (Daily/Weekly/Monthly) to review progress discuss problems and consider necessary changes required.
• Mentoring & Coaching field Team Leads/supervisors & Work Force Centers to improve operational results; cost, quality & customer satisfaction.
• Identification of Field Operations improvements based on customer & business units feedback through identifying means & running initiatives.
• Contribution to the development of Field Operations service delivery & assurance processes to enhance work force management & operational efficiency.
• Close coordination & field visits to ensure highest quality of operations according to adopted best practices.
• Ensure to attain coveted PMR & CMR progress to meet SLA’s/KPI’s.
• Extensive knowledge & hands on experience of FTTx, SDH, DWDM and OTN networks.
• Free Lance Project Management Trainer.

Work History

District Manager Field Maintenance (Managed Services Transport)

Detecon Al Saudia Co. Ltd.

February 2012 - October 2012

• Management of sites with our customer (STC) & vendors.
• Responsible for team development, Evaluating Field Work Operations staff performance, identifying skills & capability gaps & managing/contributing to the development of resource planning.
• Identifying & highlighting inefficiencies in existing Field Operations tools/techniques & recommending enhancements according to market trends.
• Identifying Field Operations improvement initiatives & managing pertinent delivery streams.
• Maintaining all PMIS reports of O&M & Projects.
• Operation & Maintenance of (MSAN, O.F.S, NGN, FTTH, MW, SRS, & Corporate Customer’s) sites.
• O&M, Installation & decommissioning/migration of VSAT nodes for corporate & Govt. customers, maintaining above 450 VSAT nodes in North & West regions.
• Managed a team of Professionals for RF Spectrum Management & Monitoring for North & West Region of KSA on Frequency Spectrum Management (FM Affairs) with Ministry of Communication & Information Technology Commission (CITC) Kingdom of Saudia Arabia.
• Preparation of BOQ for Cable Networks (Long Dist, Junction, & FTTx) & other system related elements repairing/expansion/new installations.
• Monitoring of PMR & CMR progress to meet SLA’s/KPI’s through (Field Power) WFMS & (BMC Remedy User) RTTS online Soft ware’s.
• Completed installation/commissioning/testing & roll out of projects in Al-Jouf region.
• Lead the Jadi Project for Allocation of technical resources, Supervision, PAT of new OTN network in Tabuk & Al-Jouf Regions for STC.
• Shutdown & Hand over of 25 SRS Sites in Al-Jaouf region to STC

Consultant Engineering (CNMS Back Office) Managed Services Transport

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC Du Telecom Co. U.A.E for Managed Services Transport)

From October 2012

• Managing and coordinating telecommunication activities concerned with Operations & Maintenance of Back Office for voice, data, video equipment and systems for Du Telecom’s (Mobile core, Fixed Core, Fixed Access, Fixed Back Bone, IP Core/Back bone & IPTV) Networks.
• Effectively applying the PMI methodology, from quote stage through implementation till the close-out and the final handover with customers.
• Resource planning, assigning and allocation.
• Coordinating with project teams, supervisors and coordinators in different geographic locations to achieve the target in the given time line.
• Planning and performing the sites Acceptance Test with customers.
• Recruiting coordinators, engineers, technicians, CAD technicians and site survey engineers for working locations & different projects with the needed coordination with the HR department.
• Handled migration of 1000 corporate PRI’s from legacy network to the newly established FTTx network.
• Completed the network optimization of Fixed Backbone, Fixed Core & Mobile Core networks (NSA Alarms cleanup, Optical Power balancing, Network performance improvement).
• Managed project from scratches for migration of live circuits to ALU & Huawei nodes’ & power shutdown/decommissioning of TELLABS SDH equipment, as part of company policy to phase-out TELLABS nodes.
• Handled Installation, commissioning, testing & traffic configuration project of ALU MSS (2 x Lambda Unite) for Sphere corporate customer traffic.
• Completed traffic migration, decommissioning & shifting of 2 x ALU SDH nodes as part of network optimization.
• Handled shutdown & decommissioning of NERA Radio network around UAE.
• Lead the team to prepare end to end Processes & training of NOC/B.O staff in UAE.
o Network Change Management Process
o Network Surveillance & Fault Management Process
o Network Performance Management Process
o Preventive Maintenance Process
o Problem Management Process

Team Leader Long Distance Transmission Network

Detecon Al Saudia Co. Ltd.

January 2009 - February 2012

• Responsible for Managing O&M of optical Fiber Transmission Networks (F.O OSP, OFJAN, FTTx, SRS).
• Handled commissioning & testing of FTTx network in Tabuk district.
• Managing execution of Preventive Maintenance Routines (PMR), Maintenance Down Times (MDT).
• Originating, referring, updating & Clearing Trouble Tickets/Problem Reports through Remedy User software.
• Handling of store material & procurement.
• Shutdown & Hand over of 45 SRS (TDMA) sites in Tabuk region to STC.
• Shifting of 07 Optical Fiber sites from Generators to commercial power to reduce the operating cost. • Maintenance activities & redundancy of the site/network availability.
• Supervision of STC NEMO Project in Tabuk region for laying, Splicing, Testing, & PAT/Takeover of 144 Fiber OFC along with installation commissioning of 04 new sites for Saudi Coast Guard Data Center connectivity.
• Took the challenge of handling all involved processes (Designing, Laying, Splicing, Installation, and Commissioning) of Optical Fiber Link between Duba (406-00-000) & Duba Port (406-00-21) sites, Total length 30.29 Km’s to connect 04 SDH Nodes with STC Long Distance Transmission Network

Manager Network Development

Huzaifa Communications Company

March 2008 - January 2009

• Managed installation, testing, commissioning & handover of FTTx network for Nayatel Pakistan.
• Good knowledge of CPE (Modem, ONT, STB, and Wireless) data model objects in a Network Service Providers environment aimed at monitoring data on the IP interface of a CPE.
• Handled Installation Testing/Commissioning of NGN equipment (UMG-8900). Cabling & interconnection between PSTN, Hi-Capacity Exchanges as well as interconnection with Soft Switch (SoftX3000) through transport network backbone in (PTCL) Multan Telecom Region sites.
• Warranty period troubleshooting.

Engineer Supervisor

PTCL ( Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited )

November 2002 - February 2008

• Fostering an environment that is conducive to enhance productivity thereby meeting the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) set for the zone and associated divisions in the zone. Coordinating with different wings within the company as well as outside the company with different vendors/suppliers creating a win-win situation.
• Major responsibilities can be grouped into two categories. One is OSP & second is power plant. OSP includes 02 Urban Hub cities 70 Rural vicinity sites. 02 ZTE OLTs and 47 ONU in FTTC formation. Power plant includes DG sets rating from 15 KVA to 500 KVA, rectifiers ranging from 12A to 200A and air conditioning. Responsibilities include
• Developing preventive maintenance program both for OSP and power plant to avoid breakdowns.
• Conflict avoidance by coordinating between different wings within the company
• Formulation of service level agreements (SLAs) with different vendors/suppliers and companies
• Managing a human resource of more than 50 members including Engineering Supervisors, Telecom Technicians & Line men (OSP).


PMP Certified Project Management Practitioner

Project Management Specialist
Team Management
Operation & maintenance
Change Management
Network Optimization
Project roll-out
Vendor management
PMR/CMR Quality assurance
Performance evaluation / Appraisal
PMP Trainer

Qualifications & Certifications


Project Management Institute

Allama Iqbal Open University

Preston University Pakistan

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