26 Mar 2014

The annual EurasiaCom event closed today on a high note with lively debates, great discussions and insightful opportunities

The annual EurasiaCom event closed today in Istanbul after two days of lively debates on the future of the telecoms and digital sector in the region.

After a first day focused on operator strategies, LTE and the Internet of Things, the second day looked at cost-efficiency, how to monetise content & apps services and mobile money opportunities. The discussions gave a very insightful overview of the major opportunities and challenges faced by operators in the region: growing profitability while investing in more powerful networks and facing renewed competition from OTT providers.

The event was hosted by operator Turkcell and sponsored by Mahindra Comviva. The speaker line-up gave a broad representation of the region's most dynamic companies, from large operators in developed markets to smaller players in emerging ones. Companies represented on the programme included operators Turk Telekom, MTS, Bakcell, Azqtel, TTNET, Azerfon, Mobitel, Deutsche Telekom, Mynet, Play Mobile, as well as regulators and vendors.

"EurasiaCom provides a great opportunity for very different operators and service providers to network, to share experiences,  and ultimately deliver better services to the end-users" says Julie Rey, Research Director at organisers Informa Telecoms & Media.

EurasiaCom is part of the Com World Series, delivering high-level strategic events to key emerging markets. The next event, East Africa Com will take place in Kenya in May. 

Have a look at what a few people had to say about EurasiaCom 2014:

“Professionally organized, effective usage of time, highly international audience, efficient networking possibilities. The sessions were very informative, with a great range of speakers."
Murad Onol
Protel and TUYAD

Great speed networking sessions at EurasiaCom! Perfect way to meet and discuss our products with Turkish and CIS Mobile Operators. Thanks Aleksandra!
Erik Van Thielen
VP Business Development

Fantastic way to network with operators in short timeslots. Would love to engage in it AGAIN!
M. Dimitrova

The great speed networking event enabled me to meet many operators I would normally have a hard time hunting down in an event
Lars Isaksson
Sales Director
Netadmin Systems

Definitely an effective event to network in the region. We especially liked the “speed networking”; it helps to get to know regional players quite efficiently! Thank you!
Ramin Ramezani
MoveEuropa Service

Thank you so much for EurasiaCom. It was very interesting and well organized event. We will definitely come back again!
SkyTel Mongolia

Visit the website to find out what else happened at EurasiaCom 2014.

25 Mar 2014

Lively debate characterised 1st day of operator talking-shop EurasiaCom

The annual EurasiaCom conference opened today in Istanbul with great debates on operator strategies in a data-led market. Over 200 people from across the region’s leading telecoms companies gathered to hear inspiring presentations and join discussions with colleagues from across the market.

Murat Erkan, CEO of SuperOnline, opened the conference on behalf of host operator Turkcell. He said: "EurasiaCom 2014 is the only event of its kind covering the dynamic markets of Russia, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the CIS and Turkey. The topics this year are highly attractive [including] the latest subjects which not only the region but also for the world works on, explores and tries to provide solutions for. EurasiaCom 2014 proves that each player in the region is a global player indeed."

The morning’s presentations and a panel discussion covered the topics of data-led networks and services.  Turk Telekom’s Fetullah Aykut Erdinc, Bakcell’s Marc Zirka, MTS’s Sergey Nichiporuk and Informa Telecoms & Media’s Alla Shabernikova shared their views on the challenges for operators to take advantage of the new data world: balancing between investment and profitability, LTE networks and services, threat and opportunities from OTT players, data pricing, and new revenue streams. The discussion around OTT players was particularly lively; it created a thought-provoking debate on how operators should react to the loss of revenue from OTT competition. In the afternoon, conference sessions covered  Wi-Fi, mobile number portability, digital marketing, cloud and M2M.

Eurasiacom is also a great opportunity for networking. The coffee breaks and lunch gave a chance to continue the debates in a more informal setting and to check the stands of the event’s sponsors and partners: Mahindra Comviva, Jinny Software, ND Satcom, TUYAD. The event also included a Speed Networking session where VIP guests from operators met some of the event’s key partners and a networking drinks reception will wrap-up the day.

EurasiaCom is always a great event to discuss major trends in the market” says Julie Rey, Research Director at organisers Informa Telecoms & Media; “This year more than ever, operators are re-thinking their strategies; this creates very interesting debates in the conference and outside. We are proud to provide a platform for the region’s players to examine these key issues”.
The second day of EurasiaCom will continue addressing key strategic topics for the region: cost-efficiency and profitability, content services, mobile money and apps. Visit eurasia.comworldseries.com to find out more information.