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6 Dec 2012

See you next year at Middle East Com | 23-24 September 2013

*** Share your thoughts on this year’s event #MECom @allaboutcom

The second day of Middle East Com opened with Nokia’s view of the smartphone market. Shiv Shivakumar, Head of India, Middle East and Africa at Nokia outlined key drivers for the growth of the smartphone and consumer tablet market as  education, entertainment and experience. Shiv was joined by Blackberry’s Managing Director for the Middle East - Sandeep Saihgal to answer questions about the direction of device manufacturer strategies, and future partnerships with telcos.

Day 2: Nokia's Keynote Session
The keynote content panel featured MBC, d1g.com, SOUQ.com and On Demand Group.  Panellists discussed their mobile specific strategies and the consumer desire for content on the move.  Panellists agreed that regulation remains a challenge, and that while content is being accessed on the move it is not being translated to mobile commerce at this stage.

Day 2: Content panel featured MBC, d1g.com, SOUQ.com and On Demand Group

A key highlight of yesterday was the LTE stream, with speakers addressing a packed conference room to update on the region’s LTE deployments.  The MVNOs Middle East conference continued yesterday, with a keynote presentation from Renna’s CEO Joakim Klingefjord and an extremely popular regulatory panel discussion following a presentation from the Saudi regulator.

Day 2: The LTE session 
Extended networking sessions, the introduction of speed networking and Dubai’s newest venue helped to make this another successful Middle East Com and we look forward to welcoming all to Middle East Com 2013 on 23rd-24th September next year.

Day 2: Speed Networking Session

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What are your thoughts on this year's Middle East Com?
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Tweet about your experience using #MECom @allaboutcom on twitter!

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Take a look at more photos from the conference
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See below:

- Driving innovation in Digital Ecosystem - presentation by #Etisalat VP of Commerce at #MECOM: http://twitter.yfrog.com/oc2w5nczj

- Coffee break at #MECOM: http://twitter.yfrog.com/hwl1znvj

- Members of #Huawei team at #MECOM: http://twitter.yfrog.com/hs263dbj

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What our attendees said about this year's show:   
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“Congratulations to all of you for a job well done!! This is by far the best Informa show I’ve attended.”
Rasky Espineli Rasco, CEO & Founder, GSG-OptoTech FZE

“Lovely event and I definitely encourage more telecom professionals to attend next year. Informa is awesome!”
Ayman Irshaid, CEO, Areeba Areeba

"This was a fantastic opportunity to meet both the telecom operators in the region and the OTT players and explore future opportunities and cooperation in area of digital telecommunication."Said Al-Shanfari, Department Head – Business Development, Nawras, Oman

“I would have to admit that when I first heard about Speed-networking, I was not too sure of what to expect. However, it has been for us a great success and found it extremely well organized and interesting. Meeting people for 2 minutes each time and even if you do not end up with a relevant operator, you shake hands and go to the next person. I have had the opportunity to meet many relevant people which was my reason of being here.”
Ramon Valero, Sales Account Executive, Open Wave Mobility (Sponsor)

“Middle East Com 2012 was really very informative and interactive. It gave me the opportunity to meet & know operators, delegates, vas vendors & consultants under the same platform. One of the most fruitful and organized conference I have attended. Full marks to the organizers!”
Muzammil Ali, VAS Delegate, Ericsson

“An exhibition/conference focused on the cutting edge of Telecom Technology. I think it is the ideal event to catch up with the largest solutions to network systems, the vast array of applications and choices available in the market place”
Stafford Batchelor, Managing Director, Batchelor Associates

“The overall attendance to this event has enhanced our experience through learning and listening to other telecom professionals experiences and exercises. It has been a pleasure to have attend this event.”
Atef Attili, Retail Sales Manager, Paltel

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Thank you to all the Sponsors of Middle East Com 2012
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Comviva * Comverse * Comza * Bics * Blackberry * Huawei * CSG International * Tellabs * Openwave Mobility * Analysys Mason * Wimax Forum * Effortel  

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See You Next Year!
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please visit our website:
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Middle East Com 2013
23-24 September 2013
JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai,
United Arab Emirates