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The 8th Media and Telecoms Convergence Conference convenes in Amman on June 6 & 7 amidst increasing adoption of mobile broadband and smartphones in the Arab World.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mobile broadband is booming inthe Arab World with 14 Arab countries having high-speed 3G networks. Moreover, mobile operators in 15 Arab countries are promoting smart-phone packages with data bundles to enhance adoption. 3G Mobile broadband is booming with 1.37 million subscriptions in Morocco by end of 2010, and close to 3 million subscriptions in Saudi Arabia. Arab Advisors Group’s research shows that 63% of Internet users in Saudi Arabia access Internet through their mobile handsets. The increasingly content-ready mobile landscape is providing a solid base for convergence-based business models as broadcast media operators, and content owners, target customers through these emerging platforms. 

Close to 600 Sr. executives will attend Arab Advisors Group’s 8thAnnual Media and Telecommunications Convergence Conference 2011 to discuss market trends/growth strategies, and the boundaries between media and telecom operators. The conference has the sponsorship of industry-leading companies. 


Amman, May 31st 2011


Under the royal patronage of HRH Princess Sumaya Bint Al Hassan, President of El Hassan Science City and the Royal Scientific Society, the 8th Annual Media and Telecommunications Convergence Conference, set to take place in Amman on the 6th and 7th of June 2011 at the Four Seasons Hotel, comes as mobile broadband and broadband-enabled high performance handsets experience increasing adoption in the Arab World’s mobile markets, redefining and expanding the mobile content and VAS space, according to regional research house and conference organizer Arab Advisors Group, a member of the Arab Jordan Investment Bank Group. The official opening ceremony will include addresses by HRH Princess Sumaya Bint Al Hassan and HE Mr. Atef Tal (Jordan’s Minister of ICT) and Dr. Abdul malek al-Jaber (Chief Operating Officer, Zain Group and CEO, Zain Jordan).

The opening session speakers include Mr. Mohammad Omran (Chairman, Etisalat), Mr. Osman Sultan (CEO, DU), Dr. Hessa Jaber (Secretary General, ICTQatar), Mr. Hakam Kanafani (CEO, TurkTelecom), Mr. Anders Lindblad(President & Head of Region ME & North East Africa), Mr. Ross Cormack(CEO, Nawras)  and Mr. Ghassan Hasbani (CEO International, Saudi Telecom).

“With the advent of high-speed mobile networks and smartphones, mobile users are increasingly accessing the Internet on their mobile handsets: Arab Advisors Group’s latest research shows that 63% of Internet users in key markets such as Saudi Arabia access Internet through their mobile handsets (through a 3G connection or Wi-Fi), up from 47% in 2008” Mr. Jawad J. Abbassi, Founder and General Manager of Arab Advisors Group noted. “With the wide availability of smartphone devices in the Arab World, content creators and application developers have been quick to capitalize on the opportunity these devices present. Our research shows that by March 2011, there were more than 800 applications either created by Arab developers or available in Arabic on the three major platforms alone (Apple App Store, Blackberry App World and Android Market) and this number is rapidly increasing with new applications published every day” Mr. Abbassi added. 

The proliferation of high-speed mobile networks and smartphone devices in the Arab World’s telecom markets has started to re-define the way consumers are accessing and consuming digital content. Speakers and delegates at Arab Advisors’ Media and Telecommunications Convergence Conference 2011 will deliberate threats and opportunities inherent in this landscape change.

Zain Group is the main sponsor of Arab Advisors 8th Media and Telecoms Convergence Conference.

“The role of content development has become more and more important in the field of telecommunications. Zain Jordan has realized such trends and requirements early on and began moving towards content development in which it has seen considerable success”.  Dr. Abdul malek al- Jaber, Zain Group COO and Zain Jordan CEO said.

Al Jaber added:“With that in mind, we launched the Zain broadband internet service through HSPA+ technology as a stepping stone towards consolidating Zain’s position as an integrated operator with the largest network in the Jordan telecommunications market and contributing to the increase in internet penetration in a way that is in line with His Majesty’s directives in buildinga knowledge based economy”.

Zain executed its strategy which focuses on investing in innovative applications and content development through mobile phones in a way that matches the needs of the local community and is in line with its culture, thus helping enhance knowledge and build communication. “International numbers for applications provided via mobile phones are expected to reach 1.8 billion between 2008 and 2014, deeming the market of content provision more important, with the market of advertising through mobile phones becoming a very promising one” added Dr. Al Jaber.

The annual conference also received the support and sponsorships from Qualcomm, Arabsat, Motorola, Umniah, Ericsson, Orange, and Oracle.


Umniah CEO Ihab Hinnawi explained that the company’s interest in sponsoring the 8th Annual Media and Telecommunications Convergence Conference stems from its recognition of the Conference’s vital role in facilitating the exchange of expertise between local, regional and international ICT leaders. He described the Conference as a powerful platform that allows industry experts to discuss the latest developments, challenges, opportunities and solutions, and expressed confidence that the event will positively impact the telecom and media sectors, as well as serve the interests of the Jordanian telecom market.


Touching on Umniah’s focus on mobile content and applications development, Hinnawi said, “Umniah recently launched its Mobile Applications Development Initiative in the Kingdom with the goal of enhancing the capabilities of young Jordanian developers and enriching mobile apps content in the Kingdom and the region alike. This objective corresponds with Umniah’s inherent belonging to technology and innovation, as well as meets our vision of helping position Jordan as a regional ICT hub.” He added, “It is a pleasure to see other telecom companies follow in our footsteps and support app developers, as it will help raise young developers’ competitiveness, improve the quality of their services, and give them the opportunity to tap into regional and global markets.”


“Ericsson is partnering again with Arab Advisors to sponsor the 8th Annual Media and Telecommunications Convergence Conference.  "We believe that this is a great opportunity to bring the industry together and highlight the role that telecommunications plays in boosting economic growth in the Middle East. I am really looking forward to spending time with the region’s industry leaders to discuss and share our insights on future challenges and opportunities for us as an industry.” said Mr. Anders Lindblad, President and Head of Ericsson Region Middle East and North East Africa.

Exhibiting companies include DamamaxMada Jordan, and JWT amongst 21 global and regional companies that will also be exhibiting at the conference. 


Over the conference's two days, delegates will interact with an impressive array of 51 speakers that include Mr.Alex Shalaby (Chairman, Mobinil), Mr. IhabHinnawi (CEO, Umniah),  Mr. Michael Dagher  (President and CEO,Damamax), Ms. Majd Shweikeh (CEO, V-Tel Holdings), Mr. Ammar Aker(CEO, Paltel Group), Mr. Hatem Dowidar (CEO, Vodafone Egypt), Mr. David Butorac (Chief Executive Officer, OSN), Mr. Marwan Juma (Founderand co-Owner, & Kinz), Mr. Eyad Abu Khorma (CEO, Damamax), Mr.Amer Sunaa (CEO, Wi-Tribe), Dr. Bassam Hannoun (CEO, WataniyaPalestine), Mr. Mohamed Youssif (CEO, YahLive), Mr. Tom Wilson(CEO & Executive Managing Director, SAMENA Telecommunications Council), Mr.Basel Tutunji (Chief Operating Officer, nPARIO), Mr. Hilal Halaoui(Partner, Booz & Co.), Mr. Santino Saguto (Partner and Director,Value Partners), Mr. Tim Peters ( Principal, AT Kearney), Mr. MohamedEl Moctar Yahya Mohameden (Head of Strategic Planning & PMO, Arabsat), Mr.Jeremy Foster (Marketing Director, Ericsson), Mr. Ari Kesisoglu (MDfor MENA, Google), Mr. Hani Yassin (Technology Director MEA, Qualcomm), Mr.Alper Turken (Director of Sales, Middle East & Turkey, MotorolaMobility), Mr. Fayez Abu Awad ( EVP MENA, Boost Communications), Dr.Ammar Bakkar (Director of New Media, MBC), Mr. Khaled Hudhud(Director of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs, Umniah), Mr. Amjad Frouqa(Director of Quality, Business Continuity and Information Security), Mr.Philippe Vogeleer(Company Secretary, Nawras), Mr. Stefano Gioia(SDP Principal Solution Specialist EMEA, Oracle Communications EMEA), Mr.Krishna Gopal (VP- MEA SAARC Sales and Global Alliances , Tech Mahindra), Mr.Khaled Nuseibeh (Data Services Director, Zain), Mr. Khaled Hegazy(Director of External Affairs, Vodafone Egypt), Dr. Joe Khalil (Assistant Professor, Northwestern University), Mr.Osama Ghoul (Managing Director, Devoteam), Mr. Majied Qasem(ManagingDirector, D1G) Mr. Omar Christidis(Vice President, IBAG), Mr. Falko Mortiboys (Senior Digital InsightsExecutive, BBC Global News), Mr. Rufus Weston (Senior Manager –Digital Insights, BBC Global News), Mr. Jawad Abbassi (Founder andGeneral Manager, Arab Advisors Group), Ms. Rebecca Mayer (SeniorConsultant, Arab Advisors Group), Mr. Samer Abbas, Senior Consultant,Arab Advisors Group


As part of its vision to advance the knowledge and technology industries in the Arab World, the Arab Advisors Group has waived the delegate fees for telecom and broadcast operators. As for paying delegates, they receive their choice of Arab Advisors Group reports for the same value of the registration fees.


The 8th Annual Media and Telecommunications Convergence Conference 2011 will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Amman on June 6&7 2011.


For more details and Online Registration please visit the conference web site at


About Zain (Main Sponsor):  

Founded in 1994,Zain Jordan was the first operator to introduce mobile phone services in to the country. In just a few years, it earned its reputation as the most progressive telecom operator in the region in terms of competitiveness, readiness to adopt new technologies, deploy cutting-edge services and invest in community development through the most active and substantive corporate social responsibility (CSR) program in the country. 
Since its inception, Zain Jordan has tallied subscriber growth at an exponential rate, with the number of users currently reaching around 3 million active subscribers. Through more than 1,700 cell sites, Zain covers the entire populated area of the Kingdom. 

In January 2003, the Zain Group acquired Zain in Jordan in what was considered the largest single acquisition in the Middle East region, and the largest private sector investment in Jordan. Today, Zain is the leading and largest telecommunications network operator and services provider in the country. Sinceday one, Zain has deployed an advanced infrastructure and launched its services over a state-of-the-art network, one of the most developed networks in the region.


About Arab Advisors Group:

Arab Advisors Group, a member of the Arab Jordan Investment Bank Group, is a specialized research, analysis and consulting company focused on the communications, media and technology markets throughout the Arab World (MENA) region.  The Arab Advisors Group’s scope of services include providing primary research based analysis, market sizing forecasting, the competitive landscape, the regulatory landscape, market research, technology developments, market opportunity and risk assessments.


The Arab Advisors Group’s team of analysts in the region has produced close to 2,500 reports on the Arab World’s communications and media markets. The reports can be purchased individually or received through an annual subscription to Arab Advisors Group’s ( Strategic Research Services (Media and/or Telecom). 


To date, Arab Advisors Group has served over 620 global and regional companies by providing reliable research analysis and forecasts of Arab communications  markets to these clients. Some of our clients can be viewed on

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