Telecom Leaders Summit 2009 to tackle telco challenges

Telecom decision makers to discuss issues effecting the industry at Telecoms Leaders Summit 2009 in Abu Dhabi

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By  Mark Sutton Published  May 3, 2009

Decision makers from the regional telecoms industry will discuss the future direction of the industry this month, at the Telecoms Leaders 2009 Summit in Abu Dhabi.

The Summit, which is being held as part of the Middle East Communications (MECOM) Exhibition, aims to provide a forum for telecoms leaders to discuss the issues effecting the industry, and how the economic environment will affect growth.

Annemarie Franssen, director of Telecoms Leaders 2009 said: “We wanted to host an open, honest debate that dispels the myths and is willing to court controversy in a bid to overcome obstacles and source sustainable solutions. This is an exceptionally exciting time within the industry, but only by mitigating risk and checking ambition with pragmatism can we truly pave the true path to prosperity.

“Telecoms trends in the Middle East are keenly scrutinised on the international circuit and this is an optimum opportunity to set new industry benchmarks and to break new ground in terms of innovation. We want to lay it on the line, to tell it like it is and to stray from convention in a bid to raise the telecoms bar with actionable information,” she added.

The summit will take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on 25th May. Participants confirmed so far include Vodafone, du and Mobily.

Khalid Al Kaf, CEO of Mobily commented: “The message today is yes, we have a challenging economic situation to confront, but no, this does not mean that we shelve good ideas and stick to what we know, rather we have to be creative. It is in challenging times like this that operators have a chance to show their value to shareholders and employees, and the market.

“A vibrant telecom industry is the driving force behind any economy. It is where the latest technologies and concepts are applied, and with them the latest in business thinking. In challenging times like this, it is crucial that business thinking is opened up, not closed. As such, having all these leaders and their experience present in one place has the potential to give people coming to the event eye-opening insight into the regional telecom industry as a whole,” he added.

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