Digital Transformation focus at SAMENA Council's Telecom Leaders' Summit 2017 hosted by Huawei, with TRA-UAE's Patronage 2017/03/29

UAE, March XX, 2017 - SAMENA Telecommunications Council is gearing up for its annual Telecom Leaders’ Summit, being held on 30th April 2017 with the patronage of Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE. Hosted for the fourth consecutive time by Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, the one-day event is hailed as the seminal conference for private and government sector leaders and influencers in the telecommunications industry across South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, Europe and beyond.

“UAE has come a long way in both Telecommunication Sector and Smart Government which are main pillars in achieving the sustainable development in the post oil era. Our participation at this event reflects the importance of Public-private partnership in creating a proper platform for sharing experience and exchanging ideas about the most up to date topics in the telecom industry.
Said H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director General.

“Today’s industry leaders are looking for a clear roadmap on how to best accelerate digital adoption to drive growth across the region,” said Bocar A. BA, CEO of SAMENA Council. “This can be done more efficiently when we, as an industry, align our visions and take a collaborative focus on the development of the digital technologies and work together to enable the whole region to participate in the digital transformation. We are excited that Huawei is hosting the Leaders’ Summit once again, as we work together to identify a common roadmap for all stakeholders to share and contribute to."

“As we enter a fully connected era, digital infrastructure continues to facilitate economic growth,” said Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East. “The telecoms industry is in a crucial stage of digital transformation as new technologies emerge to drive a high quality user experience. The digital age is dawning and the potential opportunities for the telecoms industry, which is the primary enabler of industry digitization, are beyond our imagination. Our participation at this Summit is a reflection of Huawei’s keenness to listen, share and contribute to the telecom industry by sharing its Open ROADS strategy for a Better Connected World, in addition to cloudification as the key driver and future success trend of digital transformation, thus we have introduced the “All Cloud” strategy, which focuses on delivering a ROADS experience, to shape the cloud, and win the future.”

Effective implementation of digital technologies, especially network virtualization and cloud communications, can enable operators to reduce costs, have better flexibility to deliver cloud-based digital services to market quicker, improve the customer experience, and directly contribute to digital acceleration and adoption. Similarly, by building a cloud-enabled ecosystem that is open and collaborative, deploying a digital infrastructure becomes simplified and unified, ensuring that various technologies and services can work together seamlessly for the benefit of all end users.

The SAMENA Leaders’ Summit is an annual, discussion-centric private and government sector leaders' gathering, composed of various bi-lateral meetings held among stakeholders in a world-class setting. Held under the theme “Aligning Visions to Meet the Demands of The Digital World”, this year’s edition focuses on aligning stakeholders towards a common vision to enable a true, regional digital economy. Its aim is to encourage industry leaders to consider an incentivized, inclusive business environment where digitization, network virtualization solutions and cloud communications, as well as citizen-centric digital services, work to accelerate digital adoption and enable a regional digital economy.

The Leaders' Summit 2017 is expected to see participation from more than 150 prominent key industry figures, experts and professionals including heads of regulatory authorities, chairmen and CEOs of leading communications service providers, and industry influencers. It will provide an opportunity for supporting the creation of a business-conducive environment for telecom operators and for exploring new avenues of investment for the benefit of the industry and its ultimate stakeholders in the SAMENA region - the consumers and the citizens.

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About SAMENA Telecommunications Council
SAMENA Telecommunications Council is South Asia - Middle East - North Africa (SAMENA) region’s premier industry association of telecom operators and service providers. SAMENA Council voices network operators’ issues and needs to regulators, policymakers, and international institutions. The largest regional telecom groups, including Saudi Telecom, Etisalat, Batelco, Ooredoo, Viva Kuwait, Orange Jordan, Turk Telekom, Zain, Omantel, among other leading operators and technology companies, are a part of the Council’s membership. SAMENA Council is a sector development partner to the private and the public sectors, and believes in bringing all stakeholders closer together to help create a sustainable business environment for the industry, and to accelerate digital development in regional economies.

As an international non-profit organization, SAMENA Council is contributing to the understanding of cross-stakeholder priorities within the Public and the Private sectors. The Council has created a unique regional position as the regulatory reach and operator advocacy organization, with institution-level engagements with leading private and public-sector organizations. SAMENA Council was founded in 2006. In February 2016, Saudi Telecom Company, represented by Dr. Khaled Biyari, became the chairman of the Board of Directors of SAMENA Council.

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 180,000 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.

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