Industry Leaders to attend Beyond Connectivity 2017 Conference on March 16th

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Published March 15th, 2017 - 11:20 GMT
Industry Leaders to attend Beyond Connectivity 2017 Conference on March 16th
Industry Leaders to attend Beyond Connectivity 2017 Conference on March 16th

SAMENA Telecommunications Council's Beyond Connectivity (BYC) will be held in Muscat on March 16 and will be highlighting sustainability challenges, digital economy, digital services, regional digital transformation, and cross-border communications. The larger purpose of Beyond Connectivity is to help promote the growth of the telecommunications sector in Oman and in the region, and to stimulate innovation and improve value. Under the theme “Building Corridors in Digital Development to Fulfill National Commitment”, thought-leaders representing leading telecom operators and technology providers along with regulators and policymakers are gathering in Oman on March 16 at Al Bustan Palace.

Beyond Connectivity is being hosted and exclusively Diamond-sponsored by OMANTEL and Platinum-sponsored by ETISALAT.

“The digital communications industry is a game-changer for any nation's economy", said Bocar A. BA, CEO, SAMENA Telecommunications Council. “Much more needs to be done to make better use of telecom network investments and, for that, all the stakeholders have to come together and discuss ways to move forward by considering current realities and challenges", BA added.

The Conference agenda includes five special panel discussions to address important areas of the industry's business, which require multi-stakeholder discussion and open dialogue. This year, Beyond Connectivity will witness the participation of Oman's government sector leadership, alongside a number of eminent national, regional and international industry professionals of the region.

SAMENA Council is looking forward to warmly welcoming the Excellencies and the region's Private Sector decision-makers and professionals to Beyond Connectivity.

Background Information

SAMENA Telecommunications Council

The Council was initially led by Dr. Muhammad Ali Al Wohaibi, then-CEO of Oman Telecom. Subsequently, SAMENA Council was chaired by Orange Jordan Telecom Group’s CEO Mr. Mickael Ghossein and then the group CEO of Saudi Telecom Company, Eng. Saud Al Daweesh. Elected in 2011, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Isa Al Khalifa, Group CEO of Batelco served as a chairman of the SAMENA Council’s Board of Directors until September 2013 and was succeeded by Dr. Nasser Marafih, then-Group CEO of Ooredoo. In 2016, the Board of Directors elected Dr. Khaled Biyari, Group CEO of STC, to lead SAMENA Council. On February 27, 2018, in Barcelona, STC was again elected to chair the Board of Directors under the leadership of STC GCEO Eng. Nasser Al Nasser.

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