SAMENA Council’s Leaders’ Summit 2019


SAMENA Telecommunications Council has commenced preparatory efforts to hold its annual Leaders’ Summit, to be held on April 18th, 2019, with the patronage of Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates.

Hosted for the sixth consecutive year by Huawei Technologies Middle East, Co-Sponsored by Sudatel Group and Ericsson Middle East, and other leading names in the industry.The Leaders’ Summit 2019, will continue its tradition of bringing change-makers from the private and public domains together, with the purpose of addressing the Industry’s most pressing issues and  for potential collaborative undertakings among the private and government sector stakeholders.

“We would like to see the proliferation of 5G realized in the region sooner than later and thus our focus during Leaders’ Summit 2019 is on understanding the impact of 5G in boosting ICTs and enabling flexibility and enhancing capabilities of new digital services. One of the most anticipated ICT thought leadership and change-makers’ events in the region, the Leaders’ Summit 2019 will further empower SAMENA Telecommunications Council to be at the forefront of the campaign for building digital economies, unifying the telecom industry voice, helping optimize the collaboration between operators and regulators and ICT industry service providers towards making a positive impact in the region’s socio-economic development.  It is SAMENA Council’s privilege that the Leaders’ Summit 2019 will be held with the patronage of the TRA-UAE and organized in collaboration with the leading private-sector names of the region’s digital communications industry”, stated Bocar BA, CEO & Board Member of SAMENA Council.

Commenting on the organization of the Summit, H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of the UAE’s TRA said:  “We in the UAE rely on 5G to enter the age of the artificial intelligence and to apply the Smart Cities applications such as IoT. 5G will provide a flexible and adaptive intelligent platform to the mobile operators to connect everything and offer unique digital services. 5G will be the innovation engine to empower the 4th industrial revolution. The TRA is creating a coherent environment to nourish and sustain this growth for the people of the UAE”. Leaders’ Summit 2019 will congregate leaders from more than 29 countries, with the aim of materializing private and government partnerships; for fostering collaboration within the ICT industry of the region; and for discussing issues that have emerged since 5G deployment became a priority in the region, in alignment with national ICT visions.

Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East, added: “This year’s SAMENA Leaders’ Summit especially meaningful to us: 2019 marks Huawei’s 6th consecutive year of co-hosting the event, and while in the past we have focused on the imminent arrival of 5G, this year we can say with confidence that the time for large-scale 5G deployment has finally come. Businesses, standards, products, and terminals are fully ready, and a comprehensive 5G ecosystem is emerging.

“SAMENA Council is continuing to play a significant role in the ICT sector across its footprint. It helps the ecosystem to better understanding the industry. We do believe that the work undertaken by SAMENA Council is of great value for all the stakeholders. It is a precious platform for networking and sharing ideas, know-how and experience. Sudatel Group will maintain its support for SAMENA Council as a recognition of its valuable achievements,” stated Tarig Hamza Zainelabdin, CEO & President Sudatel Group, which is among the valued sponsors of the Summit.

“The Middle East and Africa region has a unique opportunity globally when it comes to bringing 5G to life. It is undeniable that 5G networks are critical national infrastructure with large impact on society and the competitiveness of countries. As a technology leader and the largest contributor to the standardization body in 3GPP during 2018 , Ericsson has made strong R&D investment to provide competitive solutions and technology that create value for our customers. According to our recent Mobility Report published in February, 5G is forecast to reach 30 million subscriptions by 2024 In the Middle East and Africa. With our strong and flexible 5G portfolio in place, Ericsson has proved to be a trusted partner for industry players who want to stay ahead of the game”, stated Chafic Traboulsi, Head of Networks at Ericsson Middle East & Africa.

The SAMENA Council’s Leaders’ Summit is an annual leadership event, encompassing private and government sector leaders’ gathering, various bi-lateral “closed-door” meetings, and panel discussions, held among stakeholders in a world-class setting.

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