23 Sep 2013

Middle East Com opened today at the Sofitel Dubai, The Palm Resort in Dubai...

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The 18th annual Middle East Com opened today with a packed conference room at the Sofitel Hotel, The Palm, in Dubai. Dr Alkahtani Saad Zafer, Member of UN Broadband Commission for Global Digital Development, gave the keynote presentation, detailing the role of governments and private sector in promoting ICT infrastructure in their respective countries.  
The plenary session continued with an interview between Scott Gegenheimer, CEO of Zain Group and Informa Telecoms and Media’s Chief Research Officer  Mark Newman, discussing Scott’s plans for revitalising the Zain Group.
Packed ConferenceThe operator panel discussion focussed on an issue pertinent to all network operators in the region – how operators are redefining offerings to take the consumer experience to the next level.  With input from Google and Facebook following the panel, the session encompassed the on-going  developments around the relationship between OTT players and telcos.
The afternoon sessions focussed on LTE, Customer Experience Management and MVNOs.
With outstanding networking sessions and a focus on building relationships, the event continues to draw the region’s telecoms leaders and innovators.  As Hany Moneim, Head of Customer Care at Vodafone Egypt commented “The event has really exceeded all my expectations by far. The level of organization, content, facilities was awesome. Well done and keep up being the best!”
Speed Networking Day 1We look forward to another information-packed day and further networking opportunities tomorrow, with a focus on Regulation, Government ICT initiatives, M2M, MHealth, Mobile Money and more about MVNOs in the Middle East.
Make sure to join us for Day 2
There is an outstanding speaker line-up for day 2 of the event as well -  
make sure to join us tomorrow! 
Venue Information: 
Sofitel Dubai, The Palm Resort & Spa
Palm Jumeirah,
East Crescent Road
P.O. Box: 55558
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Directions to the venue: visit  http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-6541-sofitel-dubai-the-palm-resort-spa-opening-july-2013/presentation.shtml  
Day 2:
Registration: Opens 8:00
Conference: 9.00am – 5:30pm
Exhibition: 9.00am – 5:30pm
Hear from our Day 1 Attendees
“Middle East Com 2013 continues to be quite the experience. The attendance is positive with key decision makers gracing the event. I endeavor to make the most out of each interaction. Looking forward to success.” Thank you”
Raymond Jumah, New Products and Innovations Manager, ComzAfrica Ltd. Kenya
“In the fast changing world of today’s telecoms, an event like this plays a key role. Efficient networking and ideas sharing are a must if you want success”
Alfonso Martinez, CEO, Altran UAE
“I was very impressed about the big attention that this event has in the region. We met several interesting people across all parts of the telecommunication industry”
Christian Wagner, Head of Marketing, Kathrein Germany
  “Speed Networking proved to be an excellent tool for us to build a contact database to work from, since we are new in this geographical market. We met relevant people from the operators we have targeted, and they are interesting”
Claes Hiort, VP Regional business Development, Netadmin Systems Sweden
  “A great event for networking in the telecoms industry”
William Yuan, Export Manager, Fengtan Co. ltd. China
Sponsors of Middle East Com
Mahindra Comviva, Altran, Comverse, Ericsson, Comza, Tellabs, BICS, EMC and Lumata