|[February 19, 2013]
Broadband MEA 2013 Gathers Leaders from Unique Emerging Markets
LONDON --(Business Wire)--
As broadband penetration steadily increases across the Middle East,
opportunities for operators in the region are growing exponentially
through value-added services, mobile broadband and customer retention.
As such, the region has witnessed the arrival of emerging markets that,
despite facing significant challenges, are successfully delivering
broadband services to their customers. This year's Broadband
MEA event brings together the leaders from these unique markets, to
highlight how they are delivering broadband services to customers
despite facing difficult circumstances, such as times of conflict,
strict Government regulation, limited infrastructures, high population
densities and geographical spreads.
Visitors and delegates will have the opportunity to learn from an
exclusive speaker line-up of leaders from Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine,
Pakistan and Iran, who will share their experiences on delivering
reliable services in a challenging market. This includes Wilson
Varghese, CEO of Kalimat Telecom, Iraq; Dr. Shahram Zamani Mortazavi,
Senior Adviser to the Board�, Iranian net PJS Co, Iran; Tomasz Laudy,
CMO, Roshan (News - Alert), Afghanistan; Nima PourNejatian, Chief Technology Officer,
MobinNet, Iran; Mohammad Gul Khulmi, CEO, Wasel Telecom, Afghanistan;
and Hani Alami, Founder and CEO, Coolnet, Palestine.
Hani Alami, Founder and CEO, Coolnet, Palestine, will focus on breeding
wireless networks, specifically looking at the battle of media
technologies and microwave versus fibre optics in challenging times. Mr
Alami comments: "The Israeli occupation left the Palestinian territories
with a poor telecom infrastructure, covering only the main cities in
Palestine. To have a network that serves the public good, we created a
sound engineering design and used best practices in business and network
operations. Furthermore, we have overcome the biggest challenges that
have been presented to us as broadband becomes a dominant force in the
countrys economy. Companies from all sectors who never had broadband
before are beginning to require broadband access, and individuals are
pushing us to offer high-speed access at a low price."
Wilson Varghese, CEO of Kalimat Telecom in Iraq, forms the Technology
Strategy Stream, where he will give a presentation on mobile broadband
access evolution. Here he will explore the growth of mobile in Iraq and
the opportunities presented by fixed broadband. He will also form a
panel discussion on evaluating wireless broadband technology choices in
the Middle East and Africa.
The agenda also features Nima PourNejatian, Chief Technology Officer,
MobinNet, Iran, who will explore the challenges and opportunities in
serving a high market volume, and the user experience and its impact on
network management. Mohammad Gul Khulmi, CEO, Wasel Telecom, Afghanistan
will also provide a presentation on delivering broadband to rural areas,
which explains Wasel Telecom's strategy for delivering broadband across
Included in the line-up is Roshan's Tomasz Laudy, CMO of Afghanistan,
who will examine the right technology choices for next generation
broadband delivery, encompassing the strategies that have worked and the
lessons learnt from those that have not.
Today, Governments across MEA are committed to infrastructure spending
and, in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) alone, total infrastructure
spending over the next decade has been estimated at over $1 trillion.
With such a commitment, infrastructure capacity is developing rapidly,
presenting new areas of growth, something that the event will highlight.
The conference, which takes place from 19 - 20 March, is co-located with
the Cloud World Forum MENA event, giving attendees access to a wider and
more diverse network of companies showcasing their products and services.
To view the full event programme and register for Broadband MEA, please
or call +44 (0) 20 7017 5506. Alternatively, keep up to date with the
event on Twitter (News - Alert) @BBWorldForum or use #BBMEA.
About Broadband MEA
Part of the successful Broadband World Forum Global Series, 2013's forum
will bring together decision-makers from all corners of the broadband
ecosystem from across the Middle East and Africa. Now in its fifth year,
Broadband MEA, is the region's premier broadband conference and
exhibition attracting 70 speakers, to address the current issues
surrounding broadband. For further information on Broadband MEA or to
register to attend, go to http://mea.broadbandworldforum.com/.
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