History

History

SAMENA Telecommunications Council was initially led by Dr. Muhammad Ali Al Wohaibi, then-CEO of Oman Telecom. Subsequently, SAMENA Council was chaired by Orange Jordan Telecom Group’s CEO Mr. Mickael Ghossein and then the group CEO of Saudi Telecom Company, Eng. Saud Al Daweesh. Elected in 2011, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Isa Al Khalifa, Group CEO of Batelco served as a chairman of the SAMENA Council’s Board of Directors until September 2013 and was succeeded by Dr. Nasser Marafih, then-Group CEO of Ooredoo. In 2016, the Board of Directors elected Dr. Khaled Biyari, Group CEO of STC, to lead SAMENA Council. On February 27, 2018, in Barcelona, STC Group was again elected to chair the Board of Directors under the leadership of STC GCEO Eng. Nasser Al Nasser. On February 6, 2020, in Bahrain, STC Group was once again elected to chair the Board of Directors and Batelco was again elected to vice-chair the Board of Directors under the leadership of Batelco. For the first time, in 2020, Satellite Operators received representation within the Council with the election of Arabsat to the Board, led by its CEO Mr. Mr. Khalid A. Balkheyour.

Since its inception in 2006, the Council has made major strides in representing the interests of Operators and the Industry, and in playing the role of the agenda-setter. Today, the Council is considered is the leading platform to provide a unified voice, addressing business and investment sustainability challenges to support the Private Sector, and to continually enable and foster intra and inter-industry collaboration within the SA-ME-NA region. The goal is to position the Operators as the critical Enabler and Partner of choice in driving government efforts and region-wide digitization programs, and in realizing socio-economic development across the region’s economies.

In June 2012, the SAMENA Council was officially selected as a member of the newly formed Arab Multi stakeholders Advisory Group (AMAG) for the Arab Internet Governance Forum. The advisory group’s mandate is to set the theme for the Arab Internet Governance Forum (AIGF) in a way that maintains transparency and inclusion. Today, SAMENA Council collaborates with leading international bodies, including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the World Economic Forum (WEF), the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development (BBCOM), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and actively pursues active engagement with regional bodies that represent UN Member States, such as the League of Arab States.

  • Leaders' Summit 2021

    8th April 2021
    “Championing Digital Economic Growth from Policy to Reality”

  • SAMENA Trends

    April-May 2021
    Digital Interdependence and the 5G Ecosystem

  • Latest Open Consultations

    CITC - Consultation Paper on "Spectrum Light Licensing"

  • Latest Video

    SAMENA Council CEO Bocar BA shares insights with CNBC on industry trends, needs and issues in view of expanding Digital Economy

  • Industry Reports

    Digital trends in the Arab States region 2021


    5G Outlook Series:
    Enabling Inclusive Long-term Opportunities
    January 2021


    Internet Country Report:
    Gulf Region
    December 2020

  • SAMENA Accelerator

    Building Fiber-optic Connectivity Corridors for Digital Economy “Lighting Up a Fiber Future”
    November 19th , 2020

    Accelerating a Sustainable Digital Economy
    “Evidence-based policies for greater digital inclusion”
    November 25th , 2020

  • Leaders' Summit 2020

    9th July 2020 | Dubai, UAE
    “5G+X: Harnessing 5G Across Industries for Investment Revival”

  • COVID-19 Knowledge Base

    Omantel initiatives during the current COVID-19 situation in the Sultanate of Oman


    Digital Development Joint Action Plan and Call for Action


    Dealing with the Aftermath of
    COVID-19 Through Collaborated Acceleration of 5G Implementation Aross the World


    5G + Healthcare: Technology in Action

  • 5G Developments

    Call for Action
    Dealing with the aftermath of Covid-19


    Combating COVID-19 with 5G
    Opportunities to improve public health systems

  • Press Release

    SAMENA Council: Covid-19 Impacted the World on a Scale that 5G Could Have Contained

  • Latest Member Updates

    Etisalat highlights rapid growth of SmartHub data centres
    View Details


    Zain launches online campaign to reinforce environmental awareness
    View Details

  • Latest Industry Findings

    Impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Development in the Arab region


    Arab Horizon 2030
    Digital Technologies for Development


    The Impact of EU Regulatory Frameworks on OTT Connectivity Providers