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Regional Engagement Updates from the Region

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The 14th Telecom Review Leader’s Summit took place on November 18, 2020 in Dubai. Jawad Abbassi, Head of MENA spoke at the ‘Technology leads the battle against Covid-19’ panel and also moderated a chat with Hatem Bamatraf Chief Technology Officer at ...

4G adoption builds momentum in MENA as 5G launches begin

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The mobile industry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has largely risen to the challenge of sustaining social and economic activities in the region during the Covid-19 pandemic, despite the unprecedented growth in data traffic. However, Covid-19 has also highlighted ...

Online Forum: Accelerating eSIM Adoption in MENA

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eSIM is a global specification by the GSMA which enables remote SIM provisioning of any mobile device. eSIM now allows consumers to store multiple operator profiles on a device simultaneously, and switch between them remotely, though only one can be used at a time. The GSMA ...

GSMA 5G EMF Exposure and Updated International Guidelines Webinar

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Held on 4 June, the webinar was focused on describing 5G and what it means for electromagnetic (EMF) exposure based on the results of assessments of 5G networks (commercial and pilot) conducted across the world . Implications for operators and policymakers were also ...

Data Privacy Framework in the Arab World

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In early April GSMA hosted a video conference on focusing on the “Data Privacy Framework in the Arab World”. The meeting convened the leadership teams from mobile operators in Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates to continue the discussions ...

GSMA-AIM Congress Future Cities Workshop

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The GSMA hosted a virtual workshop on Smart Cities on April 16 2020, in collaboration with AIM Congress Dubai and the UAE Ministry of Economy. The workshop highlighted the important role of connectivity in Smart City solutions, especially against the backdrop of the Covid-19 ...

5th Spectrum Management Conference

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This was held in Abu Dhabi on 12 – 13 February and provided a meeting point for spectrum stakeholders to come together and discuss topical issues relating to the management and coordination of spectrum policy across the region. The event is considered a leading ...

GSMA CXO ROUNDTABLE

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This was held in Istanbul on February 6th 2020 and was attended by participants from across the MENA Region. The discussions were centered around: Smart Data Privacy and Cross border data flows Network settings exchange Network economics Digital transformation GSMA Device ...

Global Cybersecurity Forum

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This 2 day forum was held in Riyadh and was organised by the National Cybersecurity Authority. Over 3,500 participants and more than 140 speakers took part including policymakers and executives from global tech companies. Mats Granryd, the GSMA Director General spoke at the ...

Iraq Telecom Law – Workshop

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This 3-day workshop took place in Amman, Jordan and was focused on the Iraqi Telecom law draft that is supposed to replace the decree set by Bremer in 2004 governing Iraq’s telecom market following the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The workshop was led by the GSMA team and was ...

We Care Launch in Tunisia

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The Government of Tunisia is collaborating with the country’s mobile operators to develop an SMS-based early warning system to alert citizens at risk of major natural disasters. The new service forms part of the launch of the GSMA’s ‘We Care’ initiative in Tunisia by local ...

M360 MENA: 5G WORKSHOP

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The workshop was facilitated by Mohamed Abbes, Public Policy Director, GSMA and included two panel discussions. The first panel was focused on discussing the challenges in infrastructure deployment and the policy enablers that will help to facilitate the rollout of 5G ...

M360 MENA CXO Roundtable

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This was held on 28 November 2019 on the back of M360 MENA in Dubai. Various topics such as eSIM, Mobile for Development programmes, security among others were covered. For more information , contact Rola Osseiran (rosseiran@gsma.com)  Sr. Marketing Manager MENA and SSA.

World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), Egypt

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The GSMA attended the World Radiocommunication Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The conference was opened by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of Egypt. Egypt has been a Member State of ITU since 1876. WRC-19, held every three to four years, is mandated to review and ...

Fourth Huawei Middle East Innovation Day 2019

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This took place on the sidelines of GITEX 2019 in Dubai on 7 October as Government, telecom and enterprise technology pioneers gathered to discuss 5G expansion, AI innovation, and supporting local ICT developers. It included three sessions: a 5G Ecosystem Conference under ...

GSMA Advance Workshop and CXO Roundtable

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These were held on 24 and 25 July 2019 at the Kempinski Hotel and Resorts in Beirut, Lebanon. The GSMA advance is a new programme aimed at advancing knowledge and capabilities of the professionals working in mobile network operators. The workshop was held on 24 July and ...

Etisalat Forms Exclusive Partnership with GSMA for Mobile 360 Series – MENA Conference

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In line with its strategic vision of Driving Digital Future to Empower Societies, Etisalat has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the GSMA to organise the Mobile 360 Series conference in the MENA region. The GSMA Mobile 360 Series presents a platform to cultivate ...

RightsCon 2019

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The RightsCon event took place on 14 June 2019 at the Laico Hotel in Tunis. It was the first summit hosted in the Middle East and North Africa region and more than 2500 expert practitioners came together across over 400 sessions to shape, contribute to, and drive forward the ...

National Seminar on Cyber Security

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This was held on 17 June 2019 at the Le Palace Hotel in Tunis and was hosted by the Tunisian Presidency. The workshops discussed comparative international experiences and involved the various interlocking parties in preparing the national strategy for cybersecurity and ...

Samena Leaders Summit

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This was held on 18 April, 2019 in Dubai. It was attended by key top-level executives, heads of regulatory authorities, ministers, renowned Industry and Media Professionals among others. The objective of the event was to demonstrate the collaborative collaborative ...