Google joins SAMENA Telecommunications Council as member
SAMENA Telecommunications Council, a tri-regional non-profit telecommunications association has announced that Google, the global search-engine giant and worldwide technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information, is the latest organization to join as a new member.
SAMENA Council focuses on digitization, sustainable internet business model, broadband proliferation, and aims to promote telecoms & ICT industry, including favorable policy & regulation to help elevate the industry’s development and evolution. It has actively been involved in promoting ICTs in the region by providing an all-encompassing platform that helps promote cooperation among key stakeholders of the ICT industry.
Bocar A. BA, SAMENA Council’s Chief Executive Officer said, “As both a search giant and a major stakeholder in the digital content value chain, Google brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the SAMENA Council as a member. We will do everything possible to provide our new member with a platform to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and to work closely with our growing member base on industry issues and challenges, both at the regional level and beyond.”
He added, “As a member of the SAMENA Council, Google will have several opportunities to participate and play a key role in our regional industry meetings and conferences, and explore regional markets and opportunities, and collaborate with our Telecom Operators.”
"Google has been at the forefront of supporting the development of the ICT industry, ongoing digitization efforts in the region, and the widespread promotion and adoption of broadband and digital content. We hope that Google’s joining the SAMENA Council will further the Council’s efforts of accelerating the rates of digitization adoption in the region”, added Mohamad Mourad, Regional Manager in the Gulf region at Google.
Google’s innovations in web search and advertising have made its website a top internet property and its brand one of the most recognized in the world. Apart from that Google has been actively supporting and promoting innovation & entrepreneurship through technology, partnerships, collaboration and number of other initiatives to help promote information and communication technologies.
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.
Founded in 1998 by Stanford PhD students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day.
Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.
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