FOR RELEASE ON
January 26, 2007
Nermeen Negm, Marketing Manager
SAMENA'S BEYOND CONNECTIVITY CONFERENCE BRINGS LARGE TELECOM MANUFACTURERS TO SAMENA
UAE — SAMENA Telecommunications Council has reported
major developments and success in its recently held annual conference,
“Beyond Conference”, in Dubai.
to bring SAMENA Telecommunications Council’s Members together
to discuss current telecommunications challenges and issues, Beyond
Connectivity attracted a large audience of executive managers and decision
makers, and some of the biggest names in the regional and global telecoms
of the major telecom manufacturers have interacted here with us and
are convinced that SAMENA offers a platform that provides immense business
development opportunities”, commented Mr. Asher Siddiqui, Vice
President Network Operators Relations, SAMENA.
event provided a solid platform to SAMENA Members to participate in
and lead discussions on a multitude of areas, including broadband technology
deployment issues, vertical market set ups, operator issues, revenue-generation
opportunities, and regulatory challenges. Additionally, the conference
provided prospective members to learn about SAMENA, what it aims to
achieve in the SAMENA region, and the ways in which it can help operators
and manufacturers in getting their interests and visions represented.
of the most notable developments of the Beyond Connectivity conference
included an interconnection agreement between UAE’s du and Oman’s
incumbent, Omantel. Further, globally renowned telecoms equipment manufacturer,
Nokia, committed to joining SAMENA and being a valued addition the SAMENA
Membership, which, in addition to a growing number of telecoms business
companies and service providers, now also includes top manufacturers
such as Huawei Technologies.
Corporation, China’s largest listed telecoms manufacturer and
a strong name in the globe, has also joined SAMENA. The manufacturer’s
current endeavors toward global expansion, and particularly in the SAMENA
region, will now be better facilitated by joining a collaborative hand
with SAMENA Telecommunications Council, which is committed to aiding
innovative and collaborative expansion of telecommunications services
throughout the region. ZTE’s strong presence will, in turn, add
to the Council’s capabilities as the SAMENA region’s premier
Member Technical, Dr. Mohammad Yaseen, also participated in the conference
and presented his views on the regulatory aspects of the telecommunications
arena, and what the future holds for telecom sector of Pakistan. PTCL’s
CEO, Mr. Mohamed Abdulla Ali Bamakhrama, member SAMENA’s Board
of Directors, also participated in the conference and provided his insights
during the conference’s CEO Live session.
SAMENA Telecommunications Council is a tri-regional, non-profit telecommunications
association that embodies a community of South Asian, Middle Eastern,
and North African telecoms operators, manufacturers, regulatory authorities,
and academia. SAMENA aims to be the ultimate promoter of collaboration
and knowledge-sharing in the SAMENA region that spans 25 countries,
including Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Iraq,
Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine,
Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United
Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
Council is driven by telecoms issues that operators in South Asia, the
Middle East, and in North Africa face, and is determined in providing
its advocacy expertise to help aid the incubation of novel approaches
and ideas that would provide better means for the expansion and utilization
of telecommunications in the region.
in Dubai, SAMENA is chaired by Dr. Mohammed Ali Al Wohaibi, Executive
President, Omantel and is directed by Mr. Thomas W. Wilson, CEO, Teralight.