Beyond Connectivity 2008 gathers momentum ahead of regional meet

Published March 25th, 2008 - 06:53 GMT

Beyond Connectivity 2008 gathers momentum ahead of regional meet

SAMENA Telecommunications Council anticipates huge turnout following announcement of agenda and speakers including du CEO, Osman Sultan & Saudi Telecom President and CEO, Eng. Saud Al Daweesh 
SAMENA Telecommunications Council is bringing back its Beyond Connectivity conference on 7-9 April 2008 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai, UAE, where senior decision makers in the telecommunications industry, including du CEO, Osman Sultan & Saudi Telecom’s President & CEO, Eng. Saud Al Daweesh, are expected to gather and discuss issues and opportunities confronting the sector in South Asia, Middle East and North Africa (SAMENA).

Last year’s edition of Beyond Connectivity provided SAMENA council members a forum to discuss a multitude of key issues, including broadband technology deployment, vertical market set ups, revenue-generation opportunities, and regulatory challenges.

This year, Beyond Connectivity supported by du as a Diamond Sponsor and Saudi Telecom as Platinum Sponsor will once again gather leading telecommunications operators from the SAMENA region, as well as keynote speakers and panellists from around the globe to build on last year’s consensus, while addressing new issues such as mergers and acquisitions, hi-speed wireless deployments, WiMAX compliance and acceptance, next generation networking, and innovation in satellite technology and services.

One of the major highlights of the conference include a CEO Live Session featuring the region’s top executives sharing their insights on the present and visions of the future prospects of the telecoms industry in the region. Mobile TV panel and roundtable discussions where the SAMENA technology committee is building a consortium of vendors, technology and content providers for addressing the interoperability issue for such future services in the region will also be addressed.

Tom Wilson, CEO, Founder, & Executive Managing Director, SAMENA announced that the event will also launch an important annual publication – SAMENA “Visions 2008”, a comprehensive reference guide to the telecommunications industry in the region. He also disclosed that Robert McDowell, Commissioner of the US Federal Communications Commission will be opening the second day of the conference.

“With senior decision makers in attendance discussing the industry’s prospects and issues, Beyond Connectivity 2008 will help shape the direction of telecommunications will take in the region. Those who want to be involved in developing a consensus on the steps that we will take should be a part of this event,” Wilson added.

Interested participants are encouraged to register for Beyond Connectivity 2008 by visiting

Beyond Connectivity 2008 has been made possible by the support of diamond sponsors du, platinum sponsors Saudi Telecom, and gold sponsors Inmarsat, Kalimat, Nokia Siemens Networks, S2M, Teralight, Huawei.

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