The 7th Media and Telecoms Convergence Conference convenes in Amman

Published May 30th, 2010 - 07:19 GMT

Under the royal patronage of Princess Sumaya Bint Al Hassan, the Seventh Annual Media and Telecommunications Convergence Conference, set to take place in Amman on the 7th and 8th of June 2010 at the Four Seasons Hotel, comes as the Arab World’s telecommunications and broadcast entertainment markets continue to experience strong growth in telecom subscribers which is also driving renewed and enhanced interest in mobile and online content industries, according to regional research house and conference organizer Arab Advisors Group, a member of the Arab Jordan Investment Bank Group. The official opening ceremony will include addresses by Princess Sumaya Bint Al Hassan and HE Mr. Marwan Juma (Jordan’s Minister of ICT). The opening session speakers include Mr. Mohammad Omran (Chairman, Etisalat), Dr. Saad Al-Barrak (Managing Director and CEO of Zain Saudi Arabia), Mr. Osman Sultan (CEO, DU), Mr. Samir M. Abdulhadi (President & CEO, Orbit Group), Mr. Peter Kaliaropoulos (CEO, Batelco Group), Mr. Alex Shalaby (Chairman, Mobinil), Mr. Sam Barnett (COO and GM, MBC Group) and Mr. Ghassan Hasbani (CEO International, Saudi Telecom).


Over the conference's two days, delegates will interact with an impressive array of speakers that include Dr. Mash’hour Abu Dakka (Minister of Telecommunications & IT, Palestine), Dr. Diar Ahmed (CEO, Asiacell), Mrs. Nayla Khawam (CEO Jordan Telecom Group – Orange Jordan), Dr. Abdel Malik Al Jaber (CEO, Zain Jordan), Mr. Ihab Hinnawi (CEO, Umniah), Mr. Steven Hall (CEO, CNBC Arabia), Mr. Yousef H Mugharbil (President of Rotana Digital Entertainment, ROTANA Media Group), Mr. Hosam Sokkari (Head of Audience, Yahoo! Middle East), Dr. Ibrahim A. Kadi (Senior Advisor, Communications & IT Commission (CITC)), Mr. Hakam Kanafani (Chief Business Development and Synergy Office, Oger Telecom), Mr. Mohamed Elnawawy (VP for Corporate Strategy, Telecom Egypt), Mr. Sami Smeirat (VP Orange Jordan, CEO Jordan Data Communication Company Ltd), Mrs. Wassila Zitoune (VP Orange Jordan, Fixed and internet Business Unit), Mr.Emad Elmasry (Director, Corporate Strategy, Arabsat), Mr. Hesham K. Khalipha (A/Director of Marketing, Arabsat), Mr. Ralf Vogt (COO, Orga Systems), Mr. Hans Ovesen (VP, Industry Relations and Marketing, Ericsson AB, Sweden), Mr. Jihad Srage (VP, Business Development – Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, Qualcomm), Mr. Steve Mccaffery (VP and GM, EMEA Home Business Motorola Inc), Mr. Alper Turken (Director of Sales, Middle East & Turkey Motorola Home), Mr. Jeremy Foster (Marketing Director, Marketing and Strategy, Ericsson Middle East), Mr. Qusai Qaryouti (Business Development Director, ESKADENIA Software), Mr. Yousef Hamidaddin (CEO, Acxiom MENA), Mr. Serge Van Herck (CEO, Newtec Cy), Mr. Tony Huang (Director, CTO Office, MENA Region Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd), Ahmed Ossama (Managing Director, TE Data), Mr. Bahjat ElDarwiche (Partner, Booz), Mr. Krishna Gopal (VP- MEA SAARC Sales and Global Alliances, Tech Mahindra), Dr. Ahmad Hiasat (Telecom Expert / Consultant), Mr. Osama Ghoul (Managing Director, Devoteam), Mr. Laszlo Horvath (President and Founder, Active Media), Mr. Santino Saguto (Partner, Value Partners), Mr. Faris Awartani (Chair of the FTTH Council Europe Middle East Group), Mr. Jawad Abbassi (Founder and General Manager, Arab Advisors Group) and Dr. Nasser Jabari (Director of Research and Consulting, Arab Advisors Group).


 “Clearly, the growing Arab telecom, online and broadcast markets have attained a massive size that attracts solid international interest: The region represents 5% of the World's population which avails ample opportunities to tap into the growth of the online ecosystem” Jawad J. Abbassi, Founder and General Manager of Arab Advisors Group noted. “Broadband has registered solid growth in most countries with a healthy trend of migrating from lower speeds to higher speeds. The region too is home to quite a few initiatives that stress enhanced roll out of higher speed broadband Internet. The large market size and growth positively affects adoption of Internet-based services such as e-commerce, multimedia, user generated content and e-government services.” Mr. Abbassi added.


The Arab World’s telecom and broadcast media boom has started to re-define the traditional boundaries that separated media and telecom companies and enable convergent services as operators chase revenues in non-traditional areas. Speakers and delegates at Arab Advisors’ Media and Telecommunications Convergence Conference 2010 will deliberate threats and opportunities inherent in this landscape change.


"In an ever increasing demand for data, content and interactive media content enabled by an exponential growth in smart phones, we believe that real-time charging and billing is key to support the growth for future wireless applications and underline our future commitment to the region by co operations and taking part in the Arab Advisors Group’s Conference 2010", says Ramez Younan, CEO Orga Systems. Orga Systems is the main sponsor of Arab Advisors 7th Media and Telecoms Convergence Conference.

The annual conference also received the support and sponsorships from Qualcomm, ESKADENIA Software, Asiacell, Orange, Ericsson, Itisaluna, Zain, Umniah – Batelco and Motorola.


Exhibiting companies include Newtec, Arabsat, Acxiom, Huawei and TE Data amongst 14 global and regional companies that will also be exhibiting at the conference.


46 visionary executives and industry leaders will address the conference. As part of its vision to advance the knowledge and technology industries in the Arab World, the Arab Advisors Group has waived the delegate fees for telecom and broadcast operators. As for paying delegates, they receive their choice of Arab Advisors Group reports for the same value of the registration fees.

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