Date

3rd May, 2018

Venue

Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

Speakers

27 Executive Speakers

The Relevant Meeting of the Powerhouses in the Private & Public Sectors

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

Ever since we opened for business in 2006, we have worked hard to enhance and expand our bouquet of services in an industry that is at the heart of economic and social transformation. Bringing people and businesses together is what we do best, offering mobile and fixed telephony, broadband connectivity and IPTV services to people, homes and businesses all over the UAE. We also provide carrier services, a data hub, internet exchange facilities and satellite services for broadcasters. As a rapidly-growing business we have over 2,000 people working to develop our service offerings. Our people come from over 60 countries - we mirror the rich cultural diversity of our nation, while being able to serve our customers in a variety of languages. Over 50% of our senior management team and customer-facing staff are UAE nationals, and we remain committed to providing fulfilling opportunities for quality talent in a cosmopolitan working environment. So far more than 6.5 million mobile customers (almost 50% market share), 555,000 fixed line subscribers, 180,000 home services subscribers and over 70,000 businesses have chosen to use our services. In a survey conducted by ARC Chart, we were named the Best Mobile Broadband Network in the Middle East and Africa region in 2012. Our annual revenue now exceeds AED 10 billion.


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

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 Session

  • 14:00

    Welcome Speech

  • Set the Scene

  • 15:00

    Succeeding in the Digital Ecosystem

  • On-Stage Roundtable

  • 15:10

    Dimensions of a Sustainable Regional Digital Economy

  • Coffee Break

  • 16:40

    Coffee Break

  • Keynote Presentations & Speeches

  • 17:00

    Perspectives on Digital Economy Digital Development

  • Chief Guest

  • 17:25

    Building Digital Economy of the Middle East

  • Set the Scene

  • 18:00

    Understanding Complexities of Regulatory Requirements as New Networks, Digital Platforms, and Technologies Evolve

  • Panel Discussions

  • 18:10

    Understanding Complexities of Regulatory Requirements as New Networks, Digital Platforms, and Technologies Evolve

  • Networking Cocktail

  • 19:30

    Networking Cocktail

  • Gala Dinner Speech

  • 20:00

    Gala Dinner Speech

  • Gala Dinner and Entertainment

  • 20:10

    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 2018 GIV & GCI 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 BA

    CEO and BoD Member
    SAMENA Telecommunications Council

  • Keynote Speeches

  • Eng. Nasser Bin Sulaiman Al Nasser

    Group CEO and Chairman of SAMENA Telecommunications Council
    STC

    H.E. Hamad Al Mansoori

    Director General
    TRA-UAE

  • Brahima Sanou

    Director - BDT
    ITU

    Charles Yang

    President of Middle East
    Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

  • Mats Granryd

    Director General and Board Member
    GSMA

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

  • Moderators

  • Bahjat El Darwiche

    Partner
    Strategy&

    Olaf Acker

    Partner
    PWC

  • Speakers

  • Eng. Atef Helmy

    Senior Advisor, Middle East & Africa
    Orange Group

    Dr. Ahmed Alsohaily

    Chief Technology Adviser
    CITC

  • Nadir Mohammed

    Country Director of the GCC Countries
    World Bank

    Shaikh Nasser Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa

    Deputy General Director
    TRA Bahrain

  • Scott Gegenheimer

    Group CEO - Operations
    Zain

    Osman Sultan

    CEO
    du

  • Chaobin Yang

    President of 5G Product Line Wireless Network Product Line
    Huawei

    Indranil Das

    Vice President - Head of Digital Services, Market Area Middle East & Africa
    Ericsson

  • Keynote Presentations & Speeches: Perspectives on Digital Economy Digital Development

  • Joe Barrett

    President
    GSA

    Stephen Spengler

    CEO and Vice Chairman of ESOA
    Intelsat

  • Coffee Break

  • Set the Scene: Understanding Complexities of Regulatory Requirements as New Networks, Digital Platforms, and Technologies Evolve

  • Wang Hua

    CEO
    China Mobile Pakistan

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

  • Moderator

  • Tony Poulos

    Managing Editor
    Disruptive Asia

  • Speakers

  • Dr. Kamal Shehadi

    Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer
    Etisalat International

    Dr. Saoud H AL Shoaili

    Director General - Communications & Postal Services
    Ministry of Transport & Communications

  • Fadi Nasser

    Senior Advisor to CEO, General Manager ICT
    Omantel

    Stephen Spengler

    CEO and Vice Chairman of ESOA
    Intelsat

  • Dr. Robert Pepper

    Head of Global Connectivity Policy and Planning
    Facebook

    Karan Henrik Ponnudurai

    Chief Digital Officer
    Batelco Group

  • Gala Dinner Speech

  • An Jian

    President of Carrier Networks Business Group
    Huawei Middle East