Telecom Chairman & CEO's Dinner 2010/05/23

Dubai - UAE, May 23, 2010: SAMENA Telecommunications Council held its Telecom Chairman and CEO's Dinner 2010 at Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa recently. Eng. Saud Al Daweesh, Group CEO of Saudi Telecom, and the Council's Chairman of the Board, hosted leading Chairmen and CEOs from the telecom industry.

Thomas Wilson, CEO & Executive Managing Director of SAMENA Telecommunications Council said, "The Operators discussed their view points with respect to the development of strategies to maximize their position in the value chain. Discussions were held with national, regional and multi-national networks for the creation of greater market significance with respect to "Over The Top Providers" (OTTP) content. It is this discussion that will drive the formation of SAMENA's Global Telecom Operators Alliance, an initiative undertaken to facilitate operators working with these relevant issues, and in potential collaboration with the OTTP industry."

Bocar A. Ba, President of SAMENA Telecommunications Council emphasized, "This dinner meeting is the beginning of a series of discussions among the leaders of the telecom industry to address the new challenges of convergent technologies, and transformation of the industry for serving the customers better. We have made a significant step by deciding to work together toward common goals and objectives."

"In the coming weeks, SAMENA will explore avenues for strategic growth, expansion and investment strategies relevant to the rise of OTTP", added Ba.

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About SAMENA:
SAMENA Telecommunications Council is a tri-regional, non-profit telecommunications association that unites the community of South Asian, Middle Eastern, and North African telecoms operators, manufacturers, regulatory authorities, and academics. SAMENA aims to promote collaboration and knowledge-sharing in the SAMENA region spanning over 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.

The Council is driven by telecoms issues that operators in South Asia, the Middle East, and in North Africa face, and provides its advocacy expertise to help incubate novel approaches and ideas to support the growth of the telecommunications industry in the region.

Headquartered in Dubai, SAMENA is chaired by Eng. Saud Al Daweesh, Group CEO of STC - Saudi Arabia, and is directed by Mr. Thomas W. Wilson.

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