Industry experts discuss growth opportunities and challenges at SAMENA’s “Beyond Connectivity 2010”

Published April 28th, 2010 - 11:26 GMT

‘Innovation in technology and services’ singled out as the key to the growth of regional telecommunications industry

Key speakers include Eng. Saud Al Daweesh, Alex Shalaby, Paul Douany, Osman Sultan, Ghassan Hasbani, Nayla Khawam and Dr. Amer Rawass among others

Dubai - UAE, April 28, 2010 – “Beyond Connectivity 2010” the two-day conference themed “Shifting Gears – Innovative Strategies for a New Era” and organized by SAMENA Telecommunications Council, the tri-regional telecom consortium, commenced today in Beirut – Lebanon, bringing together some of the important and foremost telecommunications experts and industry leaders in the region. The event which is aimed at identifying trends, strategies, and regulatory changes required to enhance growth, provided the key decision makers with an opportunity to discuss how gears need to be shifted in this new era of innovation and intense competitiveness.

Delivering the welcome speech, Thomas Wilson, CEO, Founder, & Executive Managing Director of SAMENA said, “The past year has been challenging for the industry on the regional and global level, and the year ahead equally critical, if not more. Understanding current market and emerging trends, market transformation factors such as technological innovation and technology providers, and regulatory changes required, is the key to improving business competitiveness and growth. SAMENA has set its sight on encouraging the key decision makers that will be in attendance at Beyond Connectivity 2010 to evaluate the current growth prospects and future opportunities as well as the challenges that exist in the telecommunications industry.”

Highlighting the impact of the positive shift in convergence and broadband services, on the regional and global telecommunications industry, Eng. Antoine Boustani, representing H.E. Minister of Telecommunications, Dr. Charbel Nahhas said, “Interdependence and interconnection of information, is the key to achieving a futuristic communications world that meets our demands and aspirations. The set pillars of broadband, expansion of international capacities in terms of communication and connectivity, introduction and implementation of content-based applications and services, and appropriate governing rules and regulations, will ensure the future development and growth of the regions telecommunications industry.”

Opening the conference, Bocar A. Ba, President of SAMENA Telecommunications Council said, “The Council’s mandate is to promote collaboration and knowledge-sharing among all telecommunications players to facilitate the growth and advancement of the industry in the region. SAMENA’s ‘Beyond Connectivity 2010’ is a step towards the continuous achievement and realization of this directive, and the response that we have received from the industry has been phenomenal.”

SAMENA’s Beyond Connectivity 2010 brought together the telecommunications industry’s leading experts including Eng. Saud Al Daweesh, Group CEO of Saudi Telecom, Ghassan Hasbani, CEO of STC International, Dr. Nizar Dalloul, CEO of Comium, Dr. Nasser Bin Obood, Acting CEO for Etisalat, Osman Sultan, du CEO, Nayla Khawam, CEO of Orange Jordan, Dr. Amer Awadh Al Rawas, CEO of Omantel, Mr. Mikkel Vinter, CEO of Friendi, Mr. Patrick Farajian, Chairman of Sodetel, and Wilson Varghese, CEO of Kalimat besides other key telecommunications professionals and practitioners.

The CEOs of today's service providers and operators are faced with absolutely awesome challenges of meeting the needs of customers and investors while also enhancing the performance of their businesses in today's society. The Operator CEOs are the movers and shakers of our society today. Their investment base is demanding return on equity, whilst the users are concurrently demanding the best and most feature rich services, as well as reliability that are extremely expensive to incorporate into large and expansive networks. SAMENA will host a CEOs live session on the second day of “Beyond Connectivity 2010” to provide the panel of CEO’s representing some of the leading operators in the region, with an opportunity to interact with each other and other delegates in the audience, in a manner that allows for a better understanding of their thoughts, strategies and approach toward leadership.

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