Middle East Telecom leaders are an example for rest of world to follow
May 26, 2009 12:00 by Aarti Nagraj
Last week saw the unprecedented gathering of CTO’s and network heads from the Middle East telecommunication world, joining forces to debate the new era of the telecom market. These communication experts lending their advice from Ericsson Packet Networks, Acme Packet, Intel, Nokia Siemens, Netcracker and Huwawei proved to be an efficient and powerful way to address the issues and developments facing the region.
The Next Generation Telecommunications Summit MENA was called in light of the current economic downturn, and telecom operators are fighting for innovative technologies to move their business forwards. Contentious issues were brought to the table by technology executives such as Ali Al Ahmed, Group Chief Strategy Officer at Etisalat and Mohammed Rafi, Group CIO at Zain.
While the main issues were focused on the telecommunications world and the economic turbulence in the Middle East, it provided a template for the rest of the world on how to grab hold and embrace the technologies and breakthroughs in telecommunications, and utilize them to make businesses and lives better. It is not very often that the leaders in this region, or this industry gather in one place. It is even more rare that a region can be held up as an example for the rest of the world. The Next Generation Telecommunications Summit MENA proved to do both.