Venue

Dubai, UAE

Speakers

21 Executive Speakers

The Annual Congregation of the Public & Private Sector Change Makers

The SAMENA Telecommunications Council's Telecom Leaders' Summit is the epitome of SAMENA Council’s sector-development partnerships value-proposition to the Industry. The Leaders’ Summit is a collaborative, workshop and communication-centric industry-wide experience for Decision-makers and the Top Brass of the Telecommunications Industry, held annually in the region (Dubai), with presence of Leaders from nearly 30 countries on any given year. Chairmen and Chief Executives of leading communications services companies, Regulators, Ministers, Investors, Influencers, and renowned Industry and Media Professionals attend Leaders’ Summit and mark it on their calendars as the must-attend annual congregation of the Industry. Designed to verbalize critical business, policy and regulatory challenges as well as to open doors to new opportunities and bridging gaps in an ambience conducive to open communication among a diverse group of key stakeholders, SAMENA Council's Leaders' Summit necessitates the sharing of insights to set tangible and implementable goals with regard to the future of the region’s Digital Transformation and Digital Economic Development.

Leaders’ Summit 2018 shall carry the mission of:
  • Focusing on facets of an increasingly Digital Economy driven region, to help visualize long-term socio-economic benefit through a well-defined digital agenda and moving forward with national and sector-agnostic digital policies;
  • Continuing its signature-style bi-lateral stakeholder meetings and open discussions, to help assess and drive newness in the telecom sector governance and new age of regulation in the region to support evolving scopes, dynamics, and business transformation needs; and
  • Representing the Private Sector and Telecom Operators, and fostering collaboration with the ultimate objective of realizing a truly connected world under the patronage and facilitation of the Public Sector decision makers.

About 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.


About Ericsson

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.


About Du

du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company is a vibrant and multiple award-winning telecommunications service provider serving 9 million individual customers with its mobile, fixedline, broadband internet, and Home services over its 4G LTE network. du also caters to over 100,000 UAE businesses with its vast range of ICT and managed services. Since its launch in 2007, du has many UAE firsts to its credit, including introduction of Pay by the Second® billing system, IPTV and self-service portal.

du is ideally placed to support the realisation of UAE Vision 2021 and transformation of Dubai into a Smart City. du is also the official strategic partner of the Smart Dubai Office and the platform provider for Smart Dubai.

Brand Finance ranked du as the 12th most valuable brand in the Middle East in 2016. du previously won the coveted Brand of the year title by Superbrands Middle East in 2013. The company has been recognised with several other awards such as ISO 27001 certification of Managed Security Services and having the distinction of opening UAE’s first LEED Platinum Certified Green Shop. du also has the unique distinction of the first telecom in the world to release Sustainability Report based on GRI-G4 guidelines in 2014. du is also credited with du’s world-class teleport is the largest of its kind in the Middle East and ranked among the top teleports in the world by World Teleport Association.

du is 39.5 percent owned by Emirates Investment Authority, 19.75 percent by Mubadala Development Company PJSC, 19.5 percent by Emirates Communications and Technology LLC and the remaining by public shareholders. Listed on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM), the company trades under the name ‘du’.


About Alfa

Alfa is the first Lebanese mobile network owned by the Republic of Lebanon and managed by Orascom Telecom, Media and Technology (OTMT). Alfa capitalizes on the vast know-how and international expertise of OTMT in order to deliver quality and professional solutions for the mobile sector in Lebanon. On October 25, 2011, Alfa became the first mobile operator to launch 3G+ mobile broadband services in Lebanon, and in another major technological achievement, the company was the first to commercially launch 4G-LTE services in the country on May 15, 2013. Alfa currently serves over 1.85 million subscribers and its network covers 99% of Lebanon. For more info, please visit: www.alfa.com.lb


About Sudatel

Sudatel Telecom Group (STG) is one of the leading telecom companies in the region, serving the needs of customers in Sudan and Africa. Since its foundation on 13th September 1993, STG has grown steadily from local to regional markets. STG is the bridge for telecommunication movement between the Arab world, Africa and the rest of the world.

STG links Sudan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia via a submarine cable and links Sudan to Egypt and Ethiopia via a network of fiber cables. Sudan takes part in a cable in middle and West Africa extended from Sudan through Africa until South Africa. STG offers various telecom services and keeps its competitive edge with other companies. STG main services include provision of mobile services, fixed-line services, as well as carrier and wholesales services.


About Numbase Group

NUMBASE Group, provides distinguished mobile Value Added Services using cutting edge technologies NUMBASE leads by providing niche services allowing the group to capitalize on a sustainable market share utilizing its strength with solid partnerships in the industry. We have gained extensive experience by achieving sustainable results in a highly competitive market driven by innnovation.

Our services range from the design, development and implementation of high end solutions that generate substantial revenues and high customer satisfaction, to providing managed services and consultations to mobile carriers. Our holding oversees 6 subsidiaries all focused on the core fundamentals of the mobile industry managed by skilled personnel with vast knowledge and experience keeping the group’s mission and vision a stronghold to our growth and success. Our Operations extend to Europe, the Middle East & Africa, South East Asia and Latin America covering over 29 countries.


About Airspan

Airspan is a Leading Vendor of LTE small cells and backhaul technologies.

Established originally in 1992 as a product division of DSC Communications, Airspan became a standalone company in 1997 and today has more than 1000 customers in over 100 countries around the world.

Airspan has a complete range of LTE and 4G base stations and complementary small cell backhaul solutions using both LTE Relay and proprietary technologies. Airspan also addresses non mobile carrier and private network deployment including the needs of fixed Internet Service Providers, and a number of vertical market segments including Smart Grids, Public Safety, Transportation and Oil & Gas.

Airspan has been at the forefront of breakthrough RAN solutions and technologies and has deep in-house expertise in LTE and LTE-Advanced, OFDMA, Wi-Fi and VoIP. Airspan is able to exploit synergies and come up with innovative products and solutions that closely integrate these technologies in the most beneficial ways for customers. Airspan is also looking to the future with the development of solutions that combine small cells with Gbit/s backhaul and Virtualization, which will be the basis of our 5G products and solutions.

  • Opening

  • 14:00

    Welcome Message & Opening

  • On-Stage Roundtable

  • 15:00

    Scene – Setting: Succeeding in the Digital Ecosystem
    Discussion: Dimensions of a Sustainable Regional Digital Economy

  • Coffee Break

  • 16:30

    Cocktail Reception

  • Keynote Presentations & Speeches

  • 16:45

    Perspectives on Digital Economy and Digital Development

  • Panel Discussion

  • 17:15

    Scene - Setting
    Panel: Understanding Complexities of Regulatory Requirements as New Networks, Digital Platforms, and Technologies Evolve

  • Break

  • 18:30

    Cocktail Reception

  • Gala Dinner & Ceremony

  • 19:30

    Gala Dinner and Entertainment

  • ROADS to a Better Future

  • 09:30 - 12:30

    Sub Forum I
    5G is Now...

  • 09:30 - 12:30

    Sub Forum II
    All Cloud Transformation in 5G Era

  • 09:30 - 12:30

    Sub Forum III
    Huawei GCI 2018 Launch

  • 09:00 - 19:00

    Huawei Exhibition Hall
    Roads to a Better Future

About 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.

  • Opening Session

  • Welcome Speech

  • Bocar A. BA

    CEO and BoD Member
    SAMENA Telecommunications Council

  • Keynote Presentations & Speeches

  • Eng. Nasser Bin Sulaiman Al Nasser

    Chairman, SAMENA Telecommunications Council
    Acting Group CEO and Chairman, Saudi Telecom Company

    H.E. Hamad Al Mansoori

    Director General
    TRA-UAE

  • Mr. Edward Deng

    President of Wireless Solution
    Huawei

    Mr. Brahima Sanou

    Director - BDT
    ITU

  • Mr. Mats Granryd

    Director General
    GSMA

  • On the Stage Roundtable: Dimensions of a Sustainable Regional Digital Economy

  • Scene – Setting

    Moderator

  • Mr. Olaf Acker

    Partner
    PWC

    Mr. Bahjat El Darwiche

    Partner
    Strategy&

  • Speakers

  • Shaikh Nasser Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa

    Deputy General Director
    TRA Bahrain

    Mr. Chaobin Yang

    President of 5G Product Line Wireless Network Product Line
    Huawei China

  • On the Stage Roundtable: Dimensions of a Sustainable Regional Digital Economy

  • Mr. Stephen Spengler

    CEO and Vice Chairman of ESOA
    Intelsat

    Mr. Joe Barrett

    President
    GSA

  • Chief Guest: Building Digital Economy of the Middle East

  • H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan


    United Arab Emirates

  • Panel Discussion: Understanding Complexities of Regulatory Requirements as New Networks, Digital Platforms, and Technologies Evolve

  • Scene – Setting

  • Mr. Wang Hua

    CEO
    China Mobile Pakistan

  • Speakers

  • Dr. Kamal Shehadi

    Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer
    Etisalat International

    Mr. Stephen Spengler

    CEO and Vice Chairman of ESOA
    Intelsat

  • Dr. Robert Pepper

    Head of Global Connectivity Policy and Planning
    Facebook

  • Welcome Speech before Dinner

  • Mr. Charles Yang

    President of Middle East
    Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.