Telecom operators and technology providers from around the South Asia, Middle East and North Africa region gathered in Doha along with ICT policymakers to discuss the evolving digital landscape and the challenges and opportunities it presents, at the “Beyond Connectivity 2015” summit organized by SAMENA Telecommunications Council.
According to SAMENA Council CEO Bocar BA, “the conference this year represents a key milestone in the Council’s progress towards achieving the Digital Agenda. The participation of the different telecom industry stakeholders in the conference reflects the spirit of cooperation towards building consensus around major industry challenges and opportunities like: achieving the digital agenda, the rise of spectrum needs, satellite broadband emerging technologies, international mobile roaming and the cooperation across the content stakeholders."
Dr Nasser Marafih, Group CEO, Ooredoo and chairman of the SAMENA Council, commented: “The Summit is an unrivalled industry platform for our region, helping facilitate meaningful discussions between a wide variety of telecom industry stakeholders. This is important as the future of our industry is dependent on our ability to work together to find solutions to the issues discussed today. As an industry we have a responsibility to provide the best possible service for the people of this region and to continue removing the barriers which prevent us from fully supporting their increasingly digital lifestyles.”
“In Qatar, ICT and, of course the adoption of it are integral to our vision of becoming a knowledge-based economy. It also aligns with the Human Development pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030. We are making considerable progress in increasing connectivity, improving digital literacy and fostering economic development through ICT,” said Reem Al-Mansoori, ictQATAR’s assistant undersecretary for digital society development.