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Telecom Leaders' Summit 2017

Meeting between Government Leaders and Telecommunications Industry CEOs

SAMENA Telecommunications Council's Telecom Leaders' Summit is a collaborative, workshop and communication-centric industry-wide experience, created for and annually offered to the Leaders of the Public Sector and the Private Sector of South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, Europe and beyond. In its material form, SAMENA Council's Leaders' Summit is the congregation of Chairmen and Chief Executives of leading communications service providers, Heads of regulatory authorities, Ministers, Influencers, and Professionals that are driving digital development both regionally and internationally. Designed to verbalize critical business, policies and regulatory challenges in an ambience conducive to open communication among a diverse group of key stakeholders. Participation in SAMENA Council's Leaders' Summit necessitates the sharing of insights and their conversion into implementable strategies and outcomes, required for sustaining digital progress. Thus the mission of the Leaders' Summit meets fulfillment by:

  • Enabling the framing of practicable strategies, to help reap maximum, long-term socio-economic benefit through a well-defined digital agenda and adoption of national and sector-specific digitization policies
  • Fostering thought-leadership that can drive progress of telecom sector governance and regulation in the region to support the evolving scope, dynamics, and needs of the telecommunications industry, while ensuring its path to growth and sustainability
  • Supporting the creation of a business-conducive environment for telecom operators to invest in next-generation digital communications infrastructure, and to formulate business models
  • Achieving clarity on evolving imperatives in stakeholder cooperation, for fostering collaboration between telecom operators, regulatory authorities, policy-makers, and other industry stakeholders, with the ultimate objective to enhance progress in digital development and create business efficiencies and value-creation.

Opening

   
Opening and Introduction
   
Bocar A. BA
CEO
SAMENA Telecommunications Council

   
   
Keynote Presentations & Speeches
   
Dr. Khaled Biyari
Chairman, SAMENA Telecommunications Council
Group CEO, Saudi Telecom Company

   
H.E. Hamad Al Mansoori
Director General
TRA-UAE

   
   
Mr. Charles Yang
President ME Region
Huawei

   
Mr. Ted Matsumoto
Senior Advisor
Softbank Corp.

   

Panel 1: Effectively implementing Digital for efficient business enablement

   
Scene – Setting
   
Mr. Osman Sultan
CEO
du

   
Moderator
   
Mr. Bahjat El Darwiche
Partner
Strategy&

   
Speakers
   
Mr. Indranil Das
Vice President,
Head of IT & Cloud, Region Middle East
Ericsson
   
Dr. Andrew Arowojolu
Group Regulatory Division
Zain Group

   
   
Mr. Jawad Abbassi
Head of MENA
GSMA

   
Mr. Chua Ghim Sim
VP IT America Branch
Huawei

   
   
Dr. Mohammed Altamimi
Director of Service Providers Affairs Competition & Legal Dep.
CITC

   

Panel 2: Building a digital-services ecosystem supported by a sustainable, progressive industry environment

   
Scene – Setting
   
Dr. Robert Pepper
Head of Global Connectivity and Technology Policy
Facebook

   
Moderator
   
Mr. Philippe Defraigne
Director
Cullen International

   
   
Speakers
   
Mr. Karan Ponnudurai
Chief Digital Officer
Batelco Group

   
 
   
Dr. Kamal Shehadi
Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer
Etisalat International

   
   
Mr. Eric Loeb
Senior Vice President
AT&T

   
Dr. Robert Pepper
Head of Global Connectivity and Technology Policyt
Facebook

   
   
Dr. Ismail Shah
Chairman
PTA Pakistan

   


About Huawei



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Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to enrich life and improve efficiency through a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei’s 170,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world’s population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.


About Nokia



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Nokia is a global leader innovating the technologies at the heart of our connected world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers, with the industry's most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing.

From the enabling infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things, to emerging applications in virtual reality and digital health, we are shaping the future of technology to transform the human experience. www.nokia.com


About Ericsson



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Ericsson is a world leader in communications technology and services with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Our organization consists of more than 111,000 experts who provide customers in 180 countries with innovative solutions and services. Together we are building a more connected future where anyone and any industry is empowered to reach their full potential. Net sales in 2016 were SEK 222.6 billion (USD 24.5 billion). The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on NASDAQ in New York. Read more www.ericsson.com.


About Etisalat



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Etisalat Group is one of the world’s leading telecom groups in emerging markets. Etisalat’s current market cap is over 160 billion AED (43 billion USD). With reported net revenues of AED 51.7 billion and net profit of AED 8.3 billion for 2015, Etisalat ranks amongst the most profitable telecom groups in the world. Its high credit ratings at AA-/A+/Aa3 reflect the company’s strong balance sheet and proven long-term performance.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, Etisalat was established four decades ago in the UAE as the country’s first telecommunications service provider. An international blue-chip organisation, Etisalat Group provides innovative solutions and services to 162 million subscribers in 17 countries across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Etisalat Group’s mission is to provide a best-in-class total customer experience domestically and internationally, deliver attractive returns to shareholders while investing in the long-term future of the company, and supporting economic development in all the markets we operate in. Aspiring to be the most admired telecom group in emerging markets, Etisalat strives to consistently foster innovation and deliver first-in-market technologies wherever it operates. This is evidenced by its expeditionary trials of 5G services in the UAE – the first-ever in the region – including coordinating the development, design and deployment of future ICT platforms for fifth generation mobile broadband. Abu Dhabi is the first capital in the world to be fully connected and has the highest speed fibre optic on the planet.

Such diverse technological expertise has helped Etisalat Group capture significant market share as it expands across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, most notably in Egypt, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, where the introduction of innovative mobile broadband services has changed market dynamics and provided affordable mobile internet access for millions of people. Etisalat Group’s performance and services have been widely recognised by the industry. It has won many major awards, including the prestigious annual GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards for the past four years.


About WorldSkills



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About ACTVET
The Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET) was established in 2010 by the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

ACTVET is committed to establishing policies and standards that effectively regulate technical and vocational educational institutions in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. ACTVET is also responsible for the licensing of trainers and tutors that meet the demands of the local market.

ACTVET is the parent organisation of EmiratesSkills and the host of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. The event will be a landmark for the United Arab Emirates and will boost awareness of training and educational opportunities for young UAE nationals in the vocational sector. ACTVET’s ultimate goal is increasing the number of skilled Emirati youths in rewarding career paths and foster lifelong learning and personal development.

For more information, visit www.actvet.ac.ae or follow @ACTVETuae on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

About WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017
WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Over 1,300 competitors from 77 countries will choose from 51 skill competitions – from Aircraft Maintenance and Robotics to Fashion Technology and Graphic Design.

WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 (WSAD 2017) aims to inspire young people to study vocational skills for entrepreneurship or for their career, in line with the Abu Dhabi Plan for economic diversification.

The event will take place 14-19 October 2017 at ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre). For more information, visit https://worldskillsabudhabi2017.com or follow @WorldSkillsAD on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

About WorldSkills International
Founded in 1950, WorldSkills is a global organization that promotes vocational, technological, and service oriented education and training. It promotes skilled careers in 77 Member countries and regions, all working with youth, educators, governments, and industries to help prepare the workforce and talent of today for the jobs of the future.

WorldSkills brings youth, industries, and educators together to give young people the chance to compete, experience, and learn how to become the best in their skill of choice. From the traditional trades to multi-skilled technology careers in the industry and service sectors, supported by partners, industries, governments, volunteers, and educational institutions, WorldSkills is making a direct impact on raising the level of skills throughout the world.

For more information, visit www.worldskills.org or follow @WorldSkills on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram


About Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University



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Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) is committed to instigating a culture of quality and research through smart learning, with emphasis in the disciplines of business, quality management, education, healthcare and environment. Guided by the visionary leadership of its President, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai-U.A.E, the University enjoys international credibility and recognition with its programs not only being demand-driven, but also customized to meet the growing needs of businesses in the Arab world.

Established in 2002, this pioneering higher education initiative believes in the delivery of innovative education to each learner, leveraging quality management tools, smart learning pedagogical principles, entrepreneurship thinking and progressive collaborative learning. With its unique learning environment, the University offers a fresher learning experience with the use of learning technologies in the form of educational gamification, mobile learning, discussion blogs, and social networking all suited to meet the lifestyles of working professionals and high-school graduates alike.

The University has additionally gained international recognition through its alignment with leading educational institutions and organizations, including UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education, International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), American Society for Quality (ASQ), Open Educational Resources University (OERu), European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), Open University of Catalonia, University of South Africa (UNISA), Dauphine Université Paris, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University, University of Houston, University of Salford, University of St. Gallen to mention a few.

HBMSU also organizes the international scientific conference Innovation Arabia that serves as an ideal research platform to exchange ideas, discuss challenges and solutions in the development of sustainable economies in the Arab world through innovation.


Telecom Leaders' Summit 2017



Opening

15:30 - 15:35   Welcome Speech


Keynote Presentation

15:35 - 15:50   Enabling operators’ digital transformation, flexibility, cost efficiency, and business growth
                        – Operator perspectives

15:50 - 16:05   Creating an incentivized, inclusion-driven industry environment, and promoting the implementation
                        of the UAE digital strategy

16:05 - 16:20   Shape the Cloud, Win the Future: A better view from All Cloud on the future of ICT transformation

16:20 - 16:35   Leaders’ perspectives on enabling digital economy through digital services and
                        advanced digital technologies


Panel Discussion

16:35 - 17:35   Scene – Setting: Cloud communication strategy and media cloud

                        Panel 1: How to effectively implement Digital for efficient business enablement

17:35 - 18:35   Panel 2: Building a digital-services ecosystem supported by a sustainable, progressive industry
                        environment


Coffee Break

18:35 - 19:30   Cocktail Reception


Gala Dinner & Ceremony

19:30 - 22:00   VIP Speech

                        Gala Dinner and Entertainment



Huawei Sub Forum

Shape The Cloud, Win The Future


09:30 - 12:30

Cloud Business Sub Forum
Accelerate Digital Transformation Through Cloud


09:30 - 12:30

Ultra-Broadband Sub Forum
Ultra-Broadband Network Enable Telco’s Success in Video Business


10:00 - 11:15

Huawei GCI 2017 Launch in ME


09:00 - 19:00

Demo Booth Visiting




About Huawei



Host Logo - Huawei

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to enrich life and improve efficiency through a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei’s 170,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world’s population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.


Future of digital development through stakeholder collaboration redefined at SAMENA Telecom Leaders’ Summit 2016

Public and private sector stakeholders discuss the way forward for a better connected world

Dubai 22 May 2016 – SAMENA Council's Telecom Leaders’ Summit 2016 opened in Dubai in the esteemed presence of International Telecommunication Union Secretary-General Houlin Zhao and with the active participation of top leaders from both telecom operators as well as regulatory authorities in the region. As SAMENA Council's most anticipated stakeholder cooperation-building and thought leadership industry gathering, Leaders' Summit brought together renowned personalities from the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, South Asia, and Europe.

A key milestone witnessed by the regional public-sector and private-sector leadership during the Leaders' Summit was the signing of MOU between the International Telecom Union (ITU), Telecom Regulatory Authority of the UAE, and Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program (MBRSLP). The signing ceremony was attended by dignitaries from the UAE as well as from other regional governments, Group CEO's from the region's largest telecom operators, including top leaders from SAMENA Council's board of directors, all of whom had convened to participate in SAMENA Council's Leaders' Summit in Dubai.

The main panel discussion at the Summit was an exchange of insights and commentaries around the theme “Necessities of the evolving market and relevant legislation and regulation”. Dr. Khaled Biyari Group Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Telecom and Chairman of SAMENA Council led the discussion, reiterating the need for telecom operators to expand their digital visions in view of both business needs as well as socio-economic imperatives. Dr. Biyari remarked that "Success now increasingly depends on gaining a deeper understanding of the evolving digital ecosystem and the value-chain, developing or acquiring the capabilities needed to flourish, and ensuring that such ecosystems remain sustainable. New partnership-oriented mindset and strategies need to be adopted across the stakeholder spectrum. For telecom operators to thrive and not simply survive such approaches are integral to future success."

SAMENA Council's Leaders’ Summit 2016 was also host to a number of high-level meetings, including the much-anticipated meeting between the ITU and regional operators and GSMA, which was specially facilitated by SAMENA Council to assist in building better cooperation and understanding among telecom operators and regulatory authorities with the active involvement and advisory oversight of the ITU. Furthermore, the SAMENA Council Roundtable (SALT) was held, creating a new platform for regional operators and regulatory bodies to engage with each other in a mutually resourceful and facilitative manner, for the purpose of aligning priorities in ICT development.

Mr. Bocar BA, CEO of SAMENA Council, sharing his observations on the Leaders' Summit stated that "True progress in the development of the Digital Economy is only possible if stakeholder inclusion is enabled and we strive for it by bringing the public and the private sector leadership together. Our business and our ecosystem are very complex. Fortunately, the quality of the gathering in our Leaders' Summit here in Mina A'Salam clearly indicates that our government and business leaders are not only ready to embrace new insights and mutually rewarding ways to rethink, they are also fully willing to define their success with each other's direct involvement. Moreover, we are continually observing that government leaders are becoming relatively more open toward understanding the pressing issues that the private sector is facing."

On its third year as host sponsor of SAMENA Council's Leaders' Summit, Huawei was represented by Mr. Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East and Mr. Charles Ding, Senior Vice President, Huawei Global, commenting on the success of the Summit, Mr. Yang said, “The SAMENA Telecommunications Council is defining a roadmap for continued growth and transformation in an industry that serves as the key driver for every sector in this digital era we are living in. As the leading solutions provider to these networks, Huawei sees an open, collaborative approach as essential to shared success through cross-stakeholder participation and we are keen to have our stakeholders take advantage of our ‘Open ROADS to a Better Connected World’ strategy during this seminal event.  This is an industry-focused strategy that will drive continued innovation by delivering exceptional services and experiences to telecom customers. Our Global Connectivity Index report being launched at this event demonstrates how ICT development can dramatically accelerate economic growth, increase GDP for any country, and deliver operational efficiency, productivity and quality across all vertical sectors.

Mr. Ding sharing his insights about the leaders’ summit success highlighting that, “The Global momentum in digital transformation adoption presents an opportunity for governments and private sector leaders to demonstrate the true value of open collaboration in driving cross- industry success and innovation.  ICT advancements in telecommunications play a particularly important role as the enabler of building knowledge-based economies. Today, connectivity serves as the platform for all innovation to function and benefit people. Driven by responsible operations, ongoing innovation and open collaboration, Huawei has established a competitive ICT portfolio of end-to-end solutions in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing, all leading to enabling a future information society and building a better connected world.

-Ends-

   
Mr.Ding Shaohua
Senior VP
Huawei
 
Mr. Lin Yanqing
Marketing Middle East
Huawei