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Experts anticipate positive growth

GULFCOMMS Exhibition to showcase strong growth displayed by UAE telecoms operators as part of GITEX Technology Week

Experts anticipate positive growth
Last year’s GULFCOMMS attracted the cream of the region’s telco sector.

The UAE telecom industry expects to record positive growth this year, and industry executives have said they will use the GULFCOMMS Exhibition, part of GITEX Technology Week 2009 as a platform for continued growth.

GULFCOMMS, the largest international telecommunications trade event for mobile, fixed lines, IP and satellite in the region, will provide a premium business platform for companies looking to capitalise on the projected windfall in revenue generated by the communications industry in the UAE.

The Middle East remains one of the world's fastest-growing telecommunications and networking sectors, and GULFCOMMS this year is attracting an even greater interest than previous years. According to Al Mal Capital, the UAE telecoms sector in 2009 is expected to reach AED 29.72 billion.

Scheduled to be held from 18-22 October 2009 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC), many international companies and regulatory bodies have already committed their attendance. du, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, Enterprise Ireland, Etisalat, Moon Networks, Nortel Networks and the TRA, are just some of the major companies who will be exhibiting at the event.

"The UAE communications industry remains one of the strongest in the region, with the increased demand for mass communication satellite connections and the continued boom in IP services," said Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre.

"Manufacturers and service providers alike recognise the significance of opportunities provided by GULFCOMMS, an event which brings the entire region's communications players together each year under on roof."

Although the Middle East is witnessing growth in fixed line, mobile and internet usage, the region still lags behind in broadband adoption.

With increased market liberalisation there is greater opportunity for companies operating in network development, satellite applications, and infrastructure solutions to financially capitalise from a growing industry looking to implement broadband connection.

"Businesses and individuals in the region need to adopt the ‘next generation' in communication and various other forms of technology to remain globally competitive.

"We can help these businesses make the transition and enable them to carry out their work efficiently, effectively and profitably," says Adnan Al Bahar, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications at Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority.

"Being an Integrated Technology Park, we are committed to facilitating and promoting technology-based industries, research and development within a fully integrated community."

"GITEX Technology Week is the right platform for us to promote our value proposition and what we can offer companies in terms of resource, expertise, and infrastructure."

GULFCOMMS provides one of the most attractive points of entry to this dynamic market. Visitors to the event will see the latest offerings in 3G technology, mobile convergence and WiMAX.

"Today, technologies must be designed to connect people to the information they need quickly and efficiently, and customers are increasingly demanding this of companies," said Ramin Attari, Vice President and Managing Director, Nortel Middle East and Africa.

"We are industry leaders in delivering communications capabilities that are designed to make business communication simple, and GITEX has always provided a forum to conduct meaningful business," he concludes.


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