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        Simmons & Simmons Joins SAMENA Council to Bring International Legal
        and Regulatory Expertise to the ICT Ecosystem...

                                                               issues  of  critical  importance  as  the  region  drives  forward  in
                                                               digital transformation." As business sustainability challenges and
                                                               advanced technologies take center stage in Telecom Operators'
                                                               strategy  and  their  evolving  role  within  the  world's  digital
                                                               economy, SAMENA Council and Simmons & Simmons recognize
                                                               the  importance  of  the  SA-ME-NA  region  as  a  high-potential
                                                               market  for  business  growth,  and  where  Simmons  &  Simmons'
                                                               expertise adds value to the industry. Raza Rizvi, Head of TMT in
                                                               Simmons & Simmons Middle East commented: "We are delighted
                                                               to join SAMENA Council, which creates an excellent community
                                                               of  industry  leaders  from  across  the  region.  Our  participation
                                                               enables us to communicate and exchange information with key
        Simmons & Simmons joins SAMENA Council to bring international   stakeholders in the SA-ME-NA region more effectively and in a
        legal  and  regulatory  expertise  to  the  ICT  ecosystem.  SAMENA   collaborative  manner.  The  international  perspective  we  bring
        Telecommunications  Council  has  announced  that  Simmons   to  advising  clients  on  the  application  and  evolution  of  laws
        & Simmons, an international legal practice with a core focus in   and  regulations  concerning  telecoms  networks,  services  and
        the  telecommunications,  media  and  technology  sectors  and  a   emerging  tech  is  complementary  to  SAMENA  Council’s  vision.
        footprint across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, has joined its   We’re  particularly  excited  by  the  role  that  Operators  and  the
        membership  of  multi-stakeholder  community  of  private-sector   wider  sector  bring  to the  acceleration  of digital transformation
        entities. Simmons & Simmons advises 10 of the top 15 Operators   across  emerging  markets.”  SAMENA  Council  believes  policies
        and  has  extensive  expertise  across  the  legal  and  regulatory   and co-operative approaches can help develop new methods and
        aspects  of  both  networks  and  services.  Expressing  his  warm   models of engagement, help frame future-friendly regulations and
        welcome  to  Simmons  &  Simmons  on  having  joined  SAMENA   policies, and cross-stakeholder involvement should be fostered to
        Council's community  of  Telecom  Operators  from and  operating   incentivize and influence more investment in digital development.
        within the SA-ME-NA (South Asia - Middle East - North Africa)   The  digital  ecosystem's  sustainability  challenges  and  the  need
        region,  Bocar  BA,  CEO  &  Board  Member  stated,  "Simmons  &   for making better use of digital technologies, therefore, demand
        Simmons legal and specialist experience in working with Telecom   that  Telecom  Operators  and  specialist  firms  that  work  closely
        Operators  and  Satellite  Operators  as  well  as  internet  and  TMT   with  Operators  across  the  regions,  deliberate  more  effectively
        players, is an excellent addition to the resourcefulness that the   on  common  issues  and  needs,  while  benefitting  from  SAMENA
        Council embodies. We look forward to collaborating with Simmons   Council's  advocacy  support  in  building  communication  bridges
        & Simmons in advocating on various relevant policy and regulatory   with regional governments.

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