Press Release

Press Release

SAMENA Council Confirms Nokia Membership

Dubai, May, 2017 -SAMENA Telecommunications Council today announced global technology leader Nokia as the newest addition to its membership.

Nokia, the leading provider of state-of-the-art end-to-end telecom infrastructure solutions, has unparalleled credentials in enabling infrastructure for next generation mobile as well as fixed broadband networks including 5G and the Internet of Things. Nokia is focused on developing solutions that expands the human possibilities of the connected world by leveraging the emerging trends in virtual reality and digital health, etc. In the SAMENA region, Nokia serves communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and end users, with the industry's most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and licensing services.

Bocar A. BA, Chief Executive Officer of SAMENA Council extended his welcome to Nokia on joining the Council and emphasized the significance of leading technology providers, like Nokia, in the telecommunications sector in the region. “At SAMENA Council, we are constantly seeking to explore possibilities of collaboration with key industry stakeholders, and Nokia's participation will further help in voicing key perspectives on industry developments and requirements. We are pleased to see Nokia among us and we congratulate Nokia for choosing to become a part of SAMENA Council,” he added.

Bernard Najm, head of the Middle East Market Unit at Nokia, said: “We are delighted to be a member of SAMENA Council that has extensive geographic reach and a strong track record of enabling multi-stakeholder dialogue and collaboration. We look forward to take part in the SAMENA Council activities and working groups, in order to address and align on key policy and regulatory matters that are shaping our industry.”


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, promoting 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 Nokia
We create the technology to connect the world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers, with the industry’s most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing.

From the enabling infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things, to emerging applications in virtual reality and digital health, we are shaping the future of technology to transform the human experience.