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Arab Advisors 9th Convergence Summit convenes in Amman on May 22 & 23 in the context of increasing regional adoption of mobile broadband, smartphones as well as a boom in free TV supply
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Over 500 Sr. executives will attend Arab Advisors Group's 9th Convergence Summit 2012 to deliberate market trends and growth strategies in the TMT space, including cloud-based services and revenue models. The summit has the main sponsorship of STC and the sponsorship of Motorola, Orange, Umniah, Qualcomm, Zain and Ericsson.

Amman, May 15 2012

Under the royal patronage of HRH Princess Sumaya Bint El Hassan, President of El Hassan Science City and the Royal Scientific Society, the 9th Convergence Summit, will take place in Amman on the 22nd  and 23rd  of May 2012 at the Four Seasons Hotel. The summit comes as mobile broadband and broadband-enabled high performance handsets experience increasing adoption in the Arab World's mobile markets, redefining and expanding the industry, according to regional research house and summit organizer Arab Advisors Group. HRH Princess Sumaya Bint El Hassan will address the summit at the opening ceremony.

 "The industry is undergoing transformational changes, probably the largest since the invention of mobile telephony, coinciding with a prolonged economic downturn. This calls for a right angle turn in the way we operate in order to energize the engine for the next wave of growth. We are glad to be sponsoring the Arab Advisors Group Summit in Amman and trust that the discussions will be as always insightful and constructive".  Mr. Ghassan Hasbani, CEO of STC International said. Saudi Telecom (STC) is the main sponsor of Arab Advisors 9th Convergence Summit. 

The annual summit also received the support and sponsorships from Motorola, Orange, Umniah, Qualcomm, Zain and Ericsson.

"Convergence dynamics and the rise of cloud-based services are markedly impacting the regional TMT landscape. Startups are mushrooming in many Arab markets to leverage the new opportunities. We are pleased to have availed some regional startups a voice at the summit and thank our sponsors and speakers for their continued support". Mr. Jawad Jalal Abbassi, Founder and GM of Arab Advisors Group said.

"The Arab Advisors Annual Convergence Summit presents an important opportunity to engage with the region's industry leaders to discuss and share views on future opportunities. We look forward to discussing how Motorola Mobility is driving the evolution of TV and why the time is right for operators to capitalise on the convergence of the mobile, media and telecoms worlds," said Mr.Alper Turken, Director of Sales for Southern Europe, Middle East & Africa, Motorola Home Business.

Orange Jordan's CEO Ms. Nayla Khawam underscored Jordan Telecom Group and Orange Jordan's commitment to participating on an annual basis in this monumental event, which constitutes a golden opportunity for sharing experiences, knowledge and viewpoints between key representatives of the local, regional and global ICT landscapes. This, she explained, is essential for reaching effective recommendations that address the most pressing challenges facing the industry.

Ms. Khawam will showcase Orange Jordan's achievements during 2011, both from a corporate perspective and the measurable benefits the company delivered to the daily lives of the Kingdom's citizens. She stressed that the company intends to continue building on its outstanding legacy in 2012 by continuing to invest in various sectors and various segments of the community and by forging more effective partnerships, with the long-term objective being the cultivation of a knowledge-based community. This approach, she added, will guarantee the company's continued growth and contribution to the evolution of the Kingdom's ICT sector.    

Mr. Ihab Hinnawi the CEO of Umniah commented: "The success of the "Convergence Summit" in the previous years has proven to be an instrumental catalyst contributing to the development of the industry. Umniah's partnership with the renowned Arab Advisors Group mirrors a pivotal collaboration aimed at adding value, both locally and regionally. This summit, over the course of nine consecutive years, has created an effective platform bringing together key leaders and decision makers while offering an exceptional networking opportunity tapping on the latest developments." Hinnawi added that "Umniah's support of the conference is in line with the company's philosophy of belonging to innovation and entrepreneurship".

"The Middle East telecoms market is growing exponentially, creating new business opportunities for both established and upstart companies," said Mr. Jihad Srage, President of Qualcomm's Middle East, Africa and Central Asia operations.  "The Arab Advisors Convergence Summit is one of the region's leading venues for sharing information on market trends and meeting new partners.  The relationships forged at Arab Advisors summit help pave the way for the next generation of mobile and telecom services. Qualcomm  is proud to sponsor this important event." 

For his part, Zain Jordan Chief Executive Officer Mr. Ahmad Hanandeh commented that Zain's sponsorship reinforces the importance of the role played by the telecom sector that affects all other sectors, especially media. He added that Zain looks forward to exchanging expertise and opportunities generated by the massive development in the Arab telecom market. Hanandeh said: "Zain was the first to seize the opportunity of establishing a convenient infrastructure for merging media and telecommunications. We maintained our leading position in the telecom market by implementing cutting edge technology that meets with international standards, in order to keep up with the rapid evolution of the telecom market. Zain will be always in the lead, by providing advanced technologies and comprehensive solutions".  

Mr. Tarek Saadi, President and Head of Ericsson North Middle East also commented on Ericsson's participation at the event, "Arab Advisors event presents us with the perfect opportunity to share with our customers and the market our vision of Networked Society and its implementation around the region. The Middle East region still holds huge potential and growth opportunities in developing the telecom sector, and we trust that the Arab Advisors summit will enable us to take another step forward in these very important areas."

Exhibiting companies include France 24, Yahlive and Deutsche Welle amongst 25 global and regional companies that will also be exhibiting at the summit.

Over the summit's two days, delegates will interact with an impressive array of 45 speakers that include Mr. Ghassan Hasbani (CEO, STC International)Mr. Ross Cormack (CEO, Nawras), Mr. Ahmad Hanandeh (CEO, Zain Jordan), Mr. Ihab Hinnawi (CEO, Umniah), Ms. Nayla Khawam(CEO, Jordan Telecom Group - Orange), Mr. Hakam Kanafani (CEO, Turk Telecom), Mr. Jay Srage (President of Qualcomm's Middle East, Africa and Central Asia operations), Mr. Anders Lindblad (President and Head of Region Middle East and North-East Africa Ericsson), 
Dr. Bassam Hannoun
 (CEO, Wataniya Palestine), Mr. Sam Barnett (CEO, MBC Group), Mr. Mohammad Youssif (CEO, Yahlive), Mr. Didier Lelievreo (Chief Information Technology and Networks Officer, Jordan Telecom Group - Orange), Mr. Yousef Mutawe (CTO, Zain Jordan), Dr. Ismaeel Makdisi (VP - Corporate Affairs, Intigral), Mr. Mohammad Mounir Ghannamm (CEO, DAMAMAX), Mr. Haif Bannayan (CEO, Jordan Education Initiative), Mr. Mustafa Hasan (General Manager, Hulul), Mr. Tarek Saadi (President Ericsson North Middle East), Mr. Bassel Ojjeh (CEO, nPario), Dr. Imad Hoballah (Chairman and CEO, TRA Lebanon), Dr. Nabeel Fayoumi (Vice President , RSS-Testing, Technology, & Quality) Mr. Roy Zakka (Founder & CEO, Ubanquity Systems), Mr. Alper Turken (Director of Sales for Southern Europe, ME & Africa, Motorola Home Business), Mr. Ziad Matar (Sr. Director - Head of the Middle East & Central Asia, Qualcomm), 
Mr. Jeremy Foster (Head of marketing, Government and Industry Relations - Ericsson Region Middle East), Mr. Zakaria Nabil (Head of Products & Solutions,Vodafone), Mr. Hosam El Sokkari(Head of Audience, Yahoo! Middle East, Yahoo Inc.), Mr. Peter Lyons (Director of Spectrum Policy - Africa and Middle East, GSMA), Mr. Emmanuel Durou (Director, TMT consulting, Deloitte & Touche (M.E.)), Mr. Jim Egan (Director of Strategy & Distribution, BBC Global News), Mr. Fayez Abu Awad (EVP, Boost Mobisite), Mr. Saed Habash (Economic and social commission for western Asia (ESCWA), ESCWA Technology Centre), Mr. Tom Erskine (Director of Smart Devices, Nokia), Mr. Arnaud Bassi (Distribution Director MENA, France 24), Mr. Vinton Cerf (Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google), Mr. Santino Saguto (Partner | Consulting, Deloitte & Touche (M.E.)), Mr. Latif Ladid (President, Ipv6 Forum), Mr. Philippe Vogeleer (Executive - External Affairs, Vodafone Group), Mr. Ahmed Ossama (VP Telephony & Home, Telecom Egypt), Prof. Ibrahim Kadi (ICT consultant), Mr. Athanas Jamo (Strategic Marketing Manager, France 24), Mr. Mohammad Al Alawneh (Enterprise and Data Solutions Manager, Umniah), Ms. Sara Hashem(Distribution Africa/Middle East, DW), Mr. Bassam Hajhamad (Principal, Booz & Company), Mr. Omar Christidis (Founder & CEO, Arabnet) and Mr. Jawad Abbassi (Founder and General Manager, 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. Also press members can attend the summit at no charge. As for paying delegates, they receive their choice of Arab Advisors Group reports for the same value of the registration fees. 

The 9th Convergence Summit 2012 will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Amman on May 22&23 2012.

For more details and Online Registration please visit the summit's web site at http://www.arabadvisors.com/Convergence/schedule

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Official Convergence Summit Hashtag #9thCS 

About STC (Main Sponsor):  

Headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with a workforce of more than 18,000, STC Group is the largest telecommunications company in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), based on market capitalization, total revenue and number of employees, and is ranked in the top 14 mobile networks in the world. 

The Group owns and operates the largest and most advanced mobile infrastructure and broadband services in the Middle East and has made major investments with global reach in various continents. Currently, STC's footprint covers the following ten countries: KSA, Kuwait, Bahrain, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa, Turkey, India, Jordan and Lebanon, serving 30 million customers in the KSA and a total of 160 million customers globally. In addition, STC serves 2 million pilgrims each year during the Hajj.  

Strong leadership coupled with strategic investments have increased shareholder value and enabled STC to provide 98% coverage in Saudi Arabia and to successfully introduce new services including 3G, 3.5G, LTE, IPTV, MMS and Broadband high internet speed, along with the latest devices from Blackberry, iPhone, Samsung, Nokia  and other leading companies.  

Standard & Poor's has assigned STC strong A+ long term and A1 ratings, making STC the first telecom company in the region to attain these strong ratings and one of the top five rated telecom companies in the world.

With a very strong balance sheet, modern network facilities, a customer-centric organization and a committed work force, STC will continue to grow and expand both locally and internationally.

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 2,950 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 (www.arabadvisors.com) Strategic Research Services (Media and/or Telecom).

To date, Arab Advisors Group has served over 665 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 http://www.arabadvisors.com/clients

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Special note to the editors: Kindly use Arab Advisors (not AAG) when abbreviating Arab Advisors Group. AAG is not a suitable abbreviation since it conflicts with the name of another company not related at all to Arab Advisors Group. 

Arab Advisors Group's Arabic name is مجموعة المرشدين العرب  

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Arab Advisors Group provides reliable research, analysis and forecasts of Arab communications, media and technology markets.

Arab Advisors Group Strategic Research Services (Media and Telecoms) are annual subscriptions. The services cover nineteen countries in the Arab World: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen. 

For more information, please contact the Arab Advisors Group offices. www.arabadvisors.com

For more information, please contact:

Arab Advisors Group
Ms. Muna Atallah

Tel : +962 6 582 8849

Fax: +962 6 582 8809

E-mail: muna@arabadvisors.com 

Bidaya Corporate Communications

Ms. Asma Jadallah

Tel: +962 6 569 2008

Fax: +962 6 569 2007

E-mail: media@bidayacorp.com

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