SAMENA’s ‘Convergence to Istanbul 2009’ to highlight the growing importance of convergent solutions

Published October 15th, 2009 - 11:30 GMT

SAMENA Telecommunications Council, the multi-continent telecommunications consortium has announced their annual flagship event ‘Convergence to Istanbul 2009’ to be held from 3-5 November 2009 at Ciragan Palace, Kempinski Hotel in Turkey. Themed ‘A Broadband Rising…With Efficiencies Maximizing Profitability’, the conference will provide SAMENA members with a platform to explore investment opportunities in broadband to maximize business efficiencies.

Mr. Bocar A. Ba, President of SAMENA said, “SAMENA Telecommunications Council encourages the sharing of knowledge between its members to facilitate the expansion and growth of the telecommunications industry in the region. ‘Convergence to Istanbul 2009’ is an opportunity for the regions operators, vendors and regulators to approach broadband from different perspectives with the aim of defining and attaining business efficiency, and maximizing profitability.”

“Awareness and acceptance of the strong untapped potential of convergent solutions and its impact on business is on the rise among operators in the SAMENA and particularly the MENA region. Convergence is definitely changing the telecommunications business in the region and operators are increasingly looking towards convergence as part of their new strategic planning”, added Bocar.

This CEO-level annual gathering will serve as an opportunity to engage in a prolific dialogue on broadband proliferation as well as associated business opportunities and revenue streams and will feature a number of high profile speakers and industry experts such as Tayfun Acarer, Chairman of the Telecommunications Board in Turkey, Sam Blili, Advisor to the Prime Minister, Robert McDowell, FCC Commissioner, Osman Sultan, CEO of du, Ahmed Bin Ali, SVP, Corporate Communications of Etisalat, Paul Doany, CEO of Turk Telekom, Mickael Ghossein, CEO of Kenya Telkom, Saud Al Daweesh, Group CEO, Saudi Telecom, Nayla Khawam, CEO of Orange Jordan, Dr. Amer Awadh Al Rawas, CEO of Omantel, Ross Cormack, CEO of Nawras (Oman) and Riccardo Ruggiero, CEO of Value Partner among others.  

SAMENA Telecommunications Council is also organizing ‘The 2nd Annual SAMENA Awards’ in conjunction with the gala dinner on November 4th, 2009 to recognize leadership and excellence in the telecommunications industry in the SAMENA region. The four award categories to recognize the efforts of the Council’s members and non-members in addressing the concerns and needs of the telecom sector are: Operator Awards (9 categories), Manufacturer/Vendor Awards (1 category), Regulatory Awards (1 category) and Executive Awards (3 categories). 

‘Convergence to Istanbul 2009’ will also feature the VIP and CEO’s live sessions which will provide the region’s leading operators and service providers with an opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist within the SAMENA’s telecommunications business environment and explore various convergent solutions that hold the key to offering customers feature-rich, bundled services and products while maximizing efficiency and return on equity.

Highlighting the growing awareness of the Council and the importance of it mandate to promote collaboration and knowledge-sharing in the region, Bocar stated, “SAMENA is a congregation of telecommunications professionals from across the region with a rapidly expanding membership base spanning up to Turkey with the recent addition of Türk Telekom Group. Also, joining the Council are Value Partners, a global consulting firm renowned for its ability to develop business strategies and implement them through the best suited IT solutions.”

Türk Telekom Group provides integrated telecommunication services from PSTN and GSM to broadband internet. Group companies have a modern network infrastructure offering a wide variety of services to residential and commercial customers all over Turkey. Value Partners is an integrated expertise comprising of Value Partners, Value Team and Spectrum, a leading consultancy in the telecoms, digital media, broadcasting and entertainment sectors that was acquired in 2007.

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