35% rise in pre-attendance at the 14th Annual GSM>3G Middle East Telco World Summit

Published November 16th, 2009 - 03:35 GMT

Informa Telecoms & Media announces a startling 35% more pre-registered delegates than last year, making this year’s show the biggest ever. With only three weeks to go until the event, now is the time to register – tickets are free of charge to all Middle Eastern operators until the 23rd of November.


Strong interest for the event could be linked to the region’s continued subscription growth which is expected to increase by 34%, or 193 million subscribers from the current 144 million over the period 2008 to 2012.   Mobile data revenue is expected to rise by 118% over the period 2007 to 2012, with revenue climbing from US$ 3.1 Billion to US$ 6.7 Billion, accounting for 16% of total revenue forecast by operators.

The two day strategic keynotes feature 75+ visionaries including 45 operators who will share their insights and strategies with keynotes from leading minds such as Dr Saad Al Barrack, Deputy Chairman, Group Managing Director and CEO, ZAIN Group, Dr Nasser Marafih, CEO, Qtel, Marwan Zawaydeh, CEO, Vtel Holdings, Andrew Hanna, Group General Manager, Consulting and Strategy, Batelco, Samer Salameh, Chairman and CEO Alfa Telecom Lebanon, Osman Sultan, CEO, du, Ross Cormack, CEO, Nawras Oman, Raed Ahmad, CEO MTN Yemen, Abdul Aziz Al-Tamami, COO, Mobily, Saudi Arabia, Najeeb Al-Awadi, CEO, Viva Kuwait and many more.“We are delighted with the enthusiasm we have received from the very highest level speakers who have confirmed their participation at this event. CEOs Saad Al-Barrack from Zain Group, Nasser Marafih from QTel, Osman Sultan from Du, Ross Cormack from Nawras, Nayla Khawam from Jordan Telecoms Group and Najib Al-Awadi from VIVA are among the 32 C-Level Operators on this year's outstanding speaker panel," says Caroline Broderick, Content Development Manager for Informa Telecoms & Media. (Download the full agenda on www.comworldseries.com/me)

With subscriber base in the Middle Eastern region set to grow 34% between now and 2010 to reach 193 million people, now is the best time to explore opportunities to make the most of this amazing growth. Designed to give telecom operators a competitive edge in the Middle East and beyond, the presentations include the hottest topics of the region: balancing global expansion with growth in the domestic market; enhancing broadband services to increase operator revenues; maximising the potential of the fixed license; strategies for customer acquisition and retention; minimising costs and maximising ROI in an uncertain financial climate and innovating with revenue-generating value- added services.

Due to popular demand, the programme also incorporates two brand new elements this year: The Saudi Arabia Focus Day dedicated to the Middle East’s fastest growing market and the two day Telecoms HR Summit set to analyse the changing role of HR managers during the current economic downturn.


This event is free to all Middle Eastern operators, thus allowing a great representation from the whole region. Participants will get the chance to network and do business with all the movers & shakers of the region and also to try the industry’s newest technical innovations by visiting the 120+ international vendors in the exhibition coinciding with the conference, with key telco powerhouses sponsoring the event such as Etisalat, ITS, Comviva, Nokia Siemens Networks, Gemalto, Actix, Convergys, eServ Global,  SmartTrust, Obethur Technologies, Belgacom ICS, Orga Systems, Detecon Consulting, I-New, Qualcomm and Huawei.

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