Middle East’s top telecom operators gather in Dubai

Published December 7th, 2009 - 11:14 GMT

Informa Telecoms & Media is proud to announce the launch of its 14th Annual GSM>3G Middle East Telco World Summit, being held from 7-8 December 2009, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.  The two day strategic conference and exhibition, supported by strategic operator partner Etisalat, includes 85 leading telecommunications and mobile operators from the region and beyond along with over 100 international ICT vendors. The event is being attended by over 2,500 decision makers from 80 plus countries to learn about the strategies that are shaping the future of telecommunications in the Arab world.


“The top level speakers presenting at this year’s event have attracted top level delegates, and we are delighted with the industry response both in terms of numbers and seniority of attendance.  The next two days guarantee unique networking opportunities and an unparalleled level of information-packed conference sessions” Says Caroline Broderick, Middle East Conference Programme Director, Informa Telecoms & Media.

The two day strategic conference features 75+ telecoms industry visionaries including 45 operators (27 CxOs) who are sharing their insights and strategies with keynotes from leading minds such as Jamal Jarwan, Group Chief International Investments Officer, Etisalat,  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.


Strong interest for the event is in line with the region’s continued subscription growth which is forecast 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.
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 telecoms powerhouses sponsoring the event such as Etisalat, ITS, Comviva, Nokia Siemens Networks, Gemalto, Actix, Convergys, eServ Global,  SmartTrust, Obethur Technologies, Belgacom IBM,  Orga Systems, Detecon, Qualcomm,  I-New, Huawei, Acision and Oracle.


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