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Telecommunication & Information Society Day

This recent conference gathered all of Jordan’s mobile operators and the ICT industry to discuss big data and the IoT. Jawad Abbassi, GSMA Head of MENA, called for a horizontal approach to regulations and regulatory modernization to best prepare for the IoT era. The GSMA ...

World Economic Forum MENA

Jawad Abbassi, GSMA Head of MENA, attended WEF MENA on 19-21 May in Jordan and provided an overview of the GSMA’s Humanitarian Connectivity Charter which supports mobile operators in improving disaster preparedness and resilience. The government officials, industry ...

GSMA Marketplace informational workshop

The GSMA coordinated an informational workshop with Jordan’s ICT association int@j on 4 April to present the GSMA Marketplace to the Jordanian and regional ICT companies. It was led by Gordon Readman who also signed a cooperation agreement with int@j CEO. Read more  

SAMENA’s Beyond Connectivity conference

Jawad Abbassi, GSMA Head of MENA attended the conference in Muscat, Oman on 16 March and presented on ‘the requirements for successful digital transformation’. The talk encompassed issues of regulatory modernization, spectrum pricing and the prerequisites for a successful 5G ...

Mobile Money interoperability in Jordan and lessons for the wider industry

In 2016, Jordan became the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to have implemented interoperability of mobile money services. The Central Bank of Jordan has developed a regulatory framework for mobile money and has begun to develop a national financial ...

12th Annual Telecoms World Middle East

The 12th Annual Telecoms World Middle East show took place on the 27-28 September in Dubai. Jawad Abbassi, GSMA Head of MENA and Acting Head of Africa, attended the event and moderated four sessions, focused on the importance of harmonized adequate spectrum and regulatory ...

5G spectrum recommendations at 1st ATU WRC19 preparatory meeting

The GSMA’s Head of MENA, Jawad Abbassi, along with the Africa policy team attended the 1st African Telecommunications Union (ATU) preparatory meeting for WRC19 in September in Nairobi, Kenya. We made a series of recommendations which discourage premature exclusion of any ...

Arab Regulators Network (AREGNET) Internet of Things Workshop in Amman Jordan 25 April

The event was hosted by Jordan’s Telecommunications Regulatory Commission at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Amman. There were over 90 delegates from 12 out of the 22 Arab States. Some of the regulators that were present were the Arab International Telecommunication Union office, ...

The Electronic & Mobile Payments in the Arab World Conference, Jordan

This conference took place on 4 April in Amman, Jordan. The GSMA gave two keynote speeches; one on Mobile Money and the other on Mobile Connect. The GSMA’s Jawad Abbassi also moderated a panel discussion on ‘Payment Systems Interoperability: Factors promoting and inhibiting ...

ITU Regional Development Forum 28 – 29 March, Morocco

The main objective of the ITU Regional Development Forum was to present the ITU Arab Regional Office operational plan proposals for the next two years as well as review and discuss what has been achieved in the five Arab Regional initiatives during 2015 and the activities of ...

Telecom Forum: Law Regulation & Enforcement

Oman’s TRA invited GSMA to attend the forum which was held in Muscat between 9 and 11 February. Jawad Abbassi, Head of MENA, attended the event and networked with the Omani regulator and the operators present. Read more

Arabnet Conference

The conference was held in Beirut Lebanon on March 1, 2 and 3. Jawad Abbassi, the Head of MENA, Government and Regulatory Affairs attended and presented about the state of the mobile industry in MENA. Read more

Etisalat picks up multiple awards during Mobile World Congress

This year’s Mobile World Congress saw Etisalat pick up 2 Glomo Awards: “Best Mobile Innovation for Health” and “Connected Life Champion”. The Etisalat Virtual Mall was showcased as a part of the Digital Commerce stand in GSMA Innovation City and ...

Now launched: 2015 State of the Industry report on Mobile Money

This cornerstone annual report continues to share the latest insights from the Mobile Money programme and delivers the key numbers to help you understand the impact and reach of mobile money. Download report

Mobile Connect pilot, Jordan

In January 2016, GSMA Strategic Engagement facilitated a meeting with all 3 operators in Jordan, which led to an executive commitment to collaboratively carry out a beta trial of Mobile Connect. This trial will test the market appetite for a basic login and authentication ...

Bearing Point’s MFS report

The GSMA’s Claire Scharwatt has been profiled in an interview on mobile money in MENA in Bearing Point’s MFS report. Read more

Ericsson’s Change Makers Forum

The GSMA attended Ericsson’s Change Makers Forum on 10 January 2016 in Dubai whose speakers and delegates encompassed an array of industry leaders across the region. http://www.ericsson.com/ae/thecompany/events/change-makers-forum-2016

GSMA ANNOUNCES STRONG SPEAKER LINE-UP FOR MOBILE 360 SERIES-MIDDLE EAST

Etisalat, Ooredoo, STC and Huawei Sign Up As Main Sponsors London: The GSMA today announced the first keynote speakers for the Mobile 360 Series-Middle East conference taking place on the 13-14 October in Dubai. The GSMA also announced a number of event sponsors including ...

OPERATORS TO REDUCE ROAMING COSTS ACROSS AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST

Region’s Leading Operators Undertake Initiatives to Make Roaming Services More Affordable and to Improve International Connectivity 26 May 2014, London: The GSMA today announced that senior leaders from nine major mobile operator groups, accounting for over half a billion ...

OPERATORS COMMIT TO ACCELERATE INTEROPERABLE MOBILE MONEY SERVICES ACROSS AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Region’s Leading Operators to Expand Financial Inclusion through Collaboration in GSMA Mobile Money Interoperability Programme London: The GSMA today announced that nine mobile network operators, including Bharti Airtel, Etisalat Group, Millicom, MTN Group, Ooredoo Group, ...