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Rural broadband in MEA under development

First MEA Rural Broadband Summit to be held in Dubai to discuss development issues

Providing cost effective broadband connectivity to rural areas can be challenging.
Providing cost effective broadband connectivity to rural areas can be challenging.

The development of broadband services for rural areas in the Middle East and Africa will be under scrutiny at the first Rural Broadband Summit, taking place as part of the Broadband MEA event in March.

The summit will bring together industry and government players to discuss how best broadband services can be delivered to rural areas. The summit will cover issues such as the challenges of making the economics of broadband delivery work for business, technology choices for rural broadband, rural network sharing, and key trends around broadband connectivity in Africa.

The summit will be chaired by Richard Jones, Partner at Ventura Team LLP. Jones commented: "The Rural Broadband Summit is incredibly important as an event as it deals with the unserved and under-served parts of the market - the parts that need attention to avoid the creation of digital divides and to support the rural economies."

The event will also features speakers including Imad Y. Hoballah, PhD, Acting Chairman, CEO and Head of Telecommunications Technologies Unit of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Lebanon; John Larking, managing director of network access specialist, The Kenton Group, the sponsors of the event; Jaume Salvat, CEO of Andorra Telecom; Nima PourNejatian, chief technology officer at MobinNet Telecom Co; Ntokozo Khumalo, African Business Producer at ETV; and Labib Matta, Senior Partner at Next Gen Advisory Group.

Hoballah said: "The TRA of Lebanon is pleased to participate in the Rural Broadband Summit - 2012. As a speaker at this world-class event, I will highlight the importance of the synergy among all stakeholders to serve rural areas through an efficient ICT sector policy. Immense value will be delivered to the rural regions when technology innovations - like cloud services - are coupled with local content and applications and supported by appropriate regulations and policies. I am looking forward to meeting industry leaders and stakeholders to discuss and exchange ideas and thoughts about how ICT drives social and economical growth in the MEA region."

The Rural Broadband Summit takes place on 25th March in Dubai.