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M360 MENA: 5G WORKSHOP

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 ...

World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), Egypt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

World Economic Forum MENA 2019

Jawad Abbassi, Head of MENA region spoke on a panel themed ‘Fintech on the rise” during the MENA World Economic Forum which took place on 6-7 April. He shared data on mobile money adoption globally from the GSMA State of the Industry Report. Some of the entities ...

Annual Investment Meeting 2019

Held in Dubai on April 9, 2019 the focus of the event was on ‘FDI and Human Capital: The Evolution of Workforce in a Digitally Globalized World.’ Over the years, it has been noted that many foreign countries provide companies with attractive greenfield investment ...

CXO Roundtable Tunis – February 2019

The GSMA Middle East and North Africa convened the 4th bi-annual CXO Roundtable in Tunis, Tunisia on 4th February, 2019. The roundtable was inaugurated by His Excellency Dr. Anouar Maarouf, Minister of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy- Republic of Tunisia; and ...

Huawei Innovation Day 2018

This was hosted on 15 October by Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, under the theme “Innovate for a Digital Middle East”. It highlighted how emerging technologies in 5G, Artificial ...

GSMA attends AREGNET Workshop on IoT & M2M

This was hosted by the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) in Manama, Bahrain on 1 October 2018. The workshop preceded the AREGNET meeting organized in association with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and was aimed at introducing insight on new ...

Digital Inclusion Week for the Arab States

This event was held on 23-28 September 2018 and organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It build on the success of the earlier ITU-UNESCO Regional Information ...

GSMA speaks at the 1ST Inter-Regional Smart Agriculture Forum (ISAF)

Ammar Hamadien, Head of Strategic Engagement MENA, Government and Regulatory Affairs spoke during the 1st Inter-Regional Smart Agriculture Forum held on the 24-26 September in Khartoum, Republic of Sudan. The ISAF initiative is a platform gathering all potential stakeholders ...

3rd ATU Preparatory Meeting for WRC-19 (APM19-3)

The GSMA was in attendance at the 3rd African Telecommunications Union (ATU) Preparatory Meeting (APM-3) for World Radiocommunication Conferences 2019 (WRC-19), in Cairo, Egypt, from 17-21 September 2018. The objectives of the APM19-3 meeting were: * Noting of ITU-R progress ...

GSMA lectures at Shoman Arab Bank Foundation

Jawad Abbassi, Head of Middle East and North Africa region spoke at the Shoman Arab Bank Foundation on 17 September 2018. He gave a one-hour talk that focused on mobile operators and the role of Mobile IoT in developing smart cities globally and in the Arab world. The event ...

GSMA MENA CxO Roundtable

This Executive Roundtable meeting was held on Monday 23 July 2018 in Amman, Jordan. The agenda included: • Mobile Responsibility & Industry Reputation • BD4SG, Future Networks • Cost Optimization study • Rich Communication Services • Identity and Mobile Connect • ...

GSMA at the Digital Assembly, 2018

This year the event took place in Sofia, Bulgaria on the 25 and 26 June. It was organised by both the European Commission and the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It provided a forum for stakeholders to debate, take stock, and look ahead at how ...

1st Future Foresight Forum

This was launched on 14 May in Amman, Jordan under the patronage of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). It was aimed at addressing future challenges of the ICT sector, as well as possible solutions in this regard. The opening speech was delivered by the TRA ...