SAMENA Telecommunications Council's annual Leaders’ Summit will be held on May 3rd, 2018, with the patronage of TRA UAE.
Hosted for the fifth consecutive year by Huawei, the Summit is co-sponsored by Ericsson Middle East, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (Du), Alfa (managed by Orascom TMT), Sudatel Group, Numbase Group and Airspan.
“Our focus during Leaders' Summit 2018 is on understanding requirements and multiple dimensions in building the region's digital economy, and how such an economy would be made sustainable and, equally so, how best telecom operators can play a decisive role in shaping up regional, digitally-enabled socio-economics,” said Bocar BA, CEO & Board Member of SAMENA Council.
“This year, I not only anticipate witness successful and goal-setting discussions at the Summit but a much bigger representation of geographies from around the world.”
“As ICT becomes a general purpose technology that improves lives of consumers and increases efficiency of businesses, ICT infrastructure becomes a key to unlocking economic growth and 5G is the main driver of this transformation,” said Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East. “Huawei is ushering in the 5G era by laying the groundwork for new networks, developing 5G commercial devices, and nurturing an ecosystem of telco organisations, vendors, and consumers prepared to seize new opportunities.
“The arrival of 5G will support national plans and accelerate digital transformation, and the SAMENA Council conference is a great occasion to gather ICT industry leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities on the road to 5G.”
On the sidelines of the SAMENA Council Leader’s Summit, Huawei will organise three sub-forums : the first one being 5G is Now focusing on the imminent arrival of 5G and its support to national transformation plans across the region, in addition to the big role 5G will play in the digital transformation journey. Huawei will also present the latest edition of its annual Global Connectivity Index (GCI). Huawei’s third sub-forum will focus on all-cloud transformation in the 5G era.
Marwan Hayek, Chairman and CEO of Alfa said:
“We are taking part in the SAMENA Council Leaders Summit after accomplishing the 1st 5G Trial in Lebanon in April and achieving a record speed of 25 Gigabits/sec, the highest throughput in Lebanon’s history. We believe that this breakthrough is part of our commitment to be leading on the technology side as well as investing and mobilising all our human capital and network assets to convey the human side of telco in all our operations and contribute to the happiness of the people”.
Hayek added: “This gathering is an excellent opportunity to align with all SAMENA Council partners on how to move the ICT Industry further and explore ways on how we can build a future of telecom where humanity is in our core business and where we strive to improve lives and support economies and national development through technology”.
To be held under the theme Building the Digital Economy of the Middle East, Leaders' Summit 2018 will build on past discussions, centred around enabling a true, regional digital economy. The Summit's aim is to encourage industry leaders to consider an incentivised, stakeholder-inclusive business environment where digitisation, fifth-generation technologies and regulatory frameworks, and new digital service platforms would define the rules of the game, and would determine how best the value of digital is realised.
“Undoubtedly, SAMENA Council can be described as a unique platform for sharing knowledge, know-how and expertise in the ICT sector. I’m honoured, this year, to be elected member of SAMENA Council Board of Directors, which is a huge responsibility to be assumed by my Company to convey, with efficiency, the important messages of this Council” said Tarig Hamza Zainelabdin, CEO of Sudatel.
Various regional leaders representing network operators, regulatory authorities, ICT service providers, global ICT leading agencies, and policy bodies from Asia and Europe have confirmed their participation in Leaders' Summit 2018, including international bodies such as the ITU and GSMA.