4 Sep 2013

Walid Driss, Facebook: "In many cases Facebook accounts for 30% of the operator's data revenues"

Middle East Com 
23rd-24th September 2013 
Sofitel Dubai, The Palm Resort, UAE 

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Walid Driss is the Client Partner at Facebook 
The Middle East Com team caught up with Walid Driss ahead of the Middle East Com Conference and Exhibition, taking place at the Sofitel Dubai in UAE - 23-24 September to find out a bit more about his experiences and focus at the event.

Read the full interview HERE 
http://me.comworldseries.com/speaker-interview-with-walid-driss/ 

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Middle East Com: Facebook has now entered into partnership with several operators both regionally and globally. How are the operators benefitting from these partnerships and what are the key drivers for joining forces?
 
Walid Driss: "Operators are benefiting from the partnerships with Facebook in two ways. The first way in which operators are benefiting is the integration and bundling of Facebook services. Facebook is the most used service in virtually all the markets, making it a strategic driver for demand for operators. The second way, in which the operators are benefiting, is connecting and engaging with their customer base in an efficient way."
 
Read the full interview HERE 
http://me.comworldseries.com/speaker-interview-with-walid-driss/ 

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Middle East Com: Are you struggling to forge agreements with some operators who still see Facebook as a threat?

Walid Driss: "Facebook is a strong partner for operators. Apart from driving customer acquisition and preventing churn through increased loyalty, in many cases Facebook accounts for 30% of the operator's data revenues. Operators know this and we are working very enthusiastically with the operators. However, we are facing challenges with operators having difficulties in trading off short term revenues for long term benefits, or not being bold enough in experimenting new approaches."

Read the full interview HERE 
http://me.comworldseries.com/speaker-interview-with-walid-driss/ 

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Middle East Com: What is the future for Operator/OTT relations?
 
Walid Driss: "The operators have been facing disruptions and pressures for a long time now, and the OTT pressure has been the most discussed headache for operators in the recent times. But operators have always proved to be resilient, simply because they are fulfilling an underlying need that is at the heart of their undisputed core business: connectivity."
 
Read the full interview HERE 
http://me.comworldseries.com/speaker-interview-with-walid-driss/ 
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Find out more at Middle East Com. Walid Driss will be speaking on Day 1 at 10:45 on “The Power of Partnerships: Maximising Opportunities and Minimising Threats”. 

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