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GULFCOMMS comes of age

This year's edition of GULFCOMMS already appears to have attracted a large crowd, with some of the region’s top telecom and network names, including Etisalat, Du, Thuraya, Avaya, Qualcomm and Yahsat among the many exhibitors that attracted a large crowd on the first day of the event.

Big exhibitors helped GULFCOMMS to attract a large crowd yesterday.
Big exhibitors helped GULFCOMMS to attract a large crowd yesterday.

This year's edition of GULFCOMMS already appears to have attracted a large crowd, with some of the region’s top telecom and network names, including Etisalat, Du, Thuraya, Avaya, Qualcomm and Yahsat among the many exhibitors that attracted a large crowd on the first day of the event.

But it is not only the exhibition that looks set to draw telecoms professionals, with the conference section, which starts today, also offering a breath that surpasses previous editions of the show.

The addition of a dedicated platform for mobile applications and content, GITEX Mobile Apps & Content World, appears to be well timed, with the expansion of 3G networks and increasing use of smartphones leading to a dramatic rise in demand for apps.

Global mobile applications sales and downloads are forecast to reach US$15.65 billion by 2013 and Middle East operators and device manufacturers are preparing for a telecoms windfall.

Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of Gitex says: “The Middle East is well known for its demand for the latest mobile hardware and software, and apps and content are at the cutting-edge of this highly lucrative sector. In order to take advantage of a market it is necessary to fully understand its progress and demand.”