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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 ...

Spectrum Roadmap Project

On 17 May, 2018, the GSMA met the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) in Egypt. The discussion focused on the Spectrum Roadmap Project. The advocacy win from the GSMA was based on comparing the amount of spectrum released by Egypt with that released by ...

“Challenges in the Telecommunications Sector in Jordan” Conference

This conference held on May 13 was inaugurated by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Prime Ministry Affairs Jamal Sarayreh in Jordan on 13 May. The theme of the conference was “Reality and Challenges of the Telecommunication Sector in Jordan”. It was ...

RCS MENA Roundtable

Aimed at mobile network operators looking to offer advanced messaging to their customers and take advantage of the commercial opportunities of Messaging as a Platform, the Roundtable series highlights the central role operators can play in the future of business ...

CIBAFI Global Forum

On 2- 3 May 2018 the General Council of Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions (CIBAFI), the umbrella of Islamic financial institutions hosted the global forum whose theme was, “The New Face of Financial Services: Disruptions, Opportunities and the New Normals”. The venue ...

Creating a #BetterFuture: How the mobile industry is building better businesses

At Mobile World Congress 2018, mobile industry leaders came together to share our vision with the world. This video highlights the importance of sustainability and responsible leadership in successful business practices through the perspective of our leaders and UN partners. ...

SAMENA Council Leaders’ Summit 2018

The (South Asia-Middle East-North Africa) SAMENA Telecommunications Council and Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, hosted the annual Telecom Leaders’ Summit in Dubai on 3 May, 2018.  The theme of the summit was “Building the Digital Economy of the Middle East”. ...

IoT Workshop, Amman, Jordan

The workshop which was held on 3 and 4 April was attended by a total of 80 people: regulators, operators and also government officials. These included: 3 GSM 8 regulators from Qatar, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia and Sudan 5 operators from Egypt, Lebanon and Saudi 19 operators ...

GSMA’s Director General Mats Granryd visits Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Mats Granryd, the Director General of the GSMA recently visited the Middle East  and North Africa Region. He was accompanied by the Chief Regulatory Officer , John Giusti, Jawad Abbassi, the Head of the MENA region and Ammar Hammadien, the Head of Strategic Engagement for ...

Rethinking business: What greater smartphone uptake means for the future of mobile money

In a 2016 blog, we argued that smartphones have the potential to drive innovation in product and user experience (UX) design, in addition to supporting increased competition in the mobile money industry. Last year, to understand how growth of smartphone customers will change ...

GSMA MOBILE CONNECTIVITY INDEX HIGHLIGHTS UNITED ARAB EMIRATES AS MOBILE INTERNET LEADER

Latest GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index Tracks Global Progress on Mobile Internet Adoption Dubai: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has increased its overall score on the GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index by five points over the last two years, according to new data published today ...