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Arab Advisors 10th Convergence Summit convenes in Amman on June 3 & 4 : What a difference 10 years make!
Monday, May 27, 2013

Over 520 senior executives representing around 165 regional & global TMT companies will attend Arab Advisors Group's 10th Convergence Summit 2013 to deliberate market trends and growth strategies in the TMT space in the Arab World. Topics will include HDTV challenges and prospects, online and broadcast media strategies in the context of social media boom, and the role of smartphones, tablets and User Generated Content in shaping operators' strategies, in addition to cloud-based services.

Amman, May 27 2013

Under the royal patronage of HRH Princess Sumaya Bint El Hassan, President of the Royal Scientific Society, the 10th Convergence Summit, will take place in Amman on the 3rd and 4th of June 2013 at the Four Seasons Hotel. Her Royal highness will be addressing the summit at the opening ceremony. The summit comes as telecom and media operators in the region capitalize on the growth of broadband users in the Arab World with its implications for Social media adoption and the emergence of regional and local content as well as multiscreen offerings by telecom and media companies. 

Since the first summit in 2004, the landscape for convergence in the Arab region has changed beyond recognition. Markets boasting 3G cellular networks increased from two in 2004 to sixteen in 2013, with five markets also having some LTE deployments. The number of HD TV Satellite channels reached 103 in 2013, while FTA Satellite channels increased from 140 in 2004 to 750 in 2013. The massive rise in broadband users in the Arab World region (close to 60 million broadband users) meant increased adoption of online content by broadcasters and telcos alike. Some 500,000 households in the Arab region now get their TV signals as part of triple play services, concentrated mainly in the Gulf region.

Zain Group is the summit's main sponsor. The summit is also sponsored by Ericsson and Eutelsat and supported by Paltel Group, Globitel, Elemental Technologies, France 24, Startappz, Umniah, Orange, DAMAMAX and ESKADENIA Software.

The 10th Convergence Summit discussion panels will focus on; the state of the industry globally and regionally, the future of telecom services and media consumption in the region, the role of startups and industry incumbents, cloud computing trends, and strategies for broadcast, online & social media.

In addition, the summit speakers will address important topics governing the industry; these include: the role of technology vendors in the ecosystem, the dynamics of supply and demand, demand for VSAT services by telecom operators, the broadband markets in the region and their role in enabling the convergence ecosystem, as well as digital content, mobile and E commerce and payments.

"10 years is a very long time in technology. The first Convergence Summit in 2004 discussed the prospects for convergence in the Arab World. In 2013, with the 10th summit, convergence is indeed a reality across the region. Rich online media (including user generated content at social media platforms) already have the largest share of cellular and fixed broadband networks in the region. Moreover, HDTV has finally established itself in the region. Satellite HD channels in the Arab World grew by 18%, to reach 103 unique channels by April 2013, up from 87 unique channels by mid-October 2012. The growth in HDTV supply and viewership, coupled by broadcasting media operators focusing on multiscreen strategies to leverage the massive growth in smart phones and tablets, creates an exciting dynamic for convergence in the region" Jawad Jalal Abbassi, Founder and GM of Arab Advisors Group said.

Zain Group is the main sponsor of the 10th Convergence Summit, for his part, Ahmad AlHanandeh CEO of Zain Jordan highlighted that the summit this year caught the interest of Zain Group to endorse and support it, as it stems from Zain's deep belief that telecom companies shall focus more on the future of the Convergence of Media and telecom by providing premium valued added services to match the growing demands of customers to acquire diverse content and technological development.

He added: "We at Zain are beholding an exponential increase of the demand for Value added services, thus we tailored special offers to match the demands of the various segments at competitive prices, and we constantly work on upgrading our network, noting that Zain invested more than one billion dollars throughout the past eighteen years, in addition to establishing several partnerships with highly competent and experienced content developers."

The annual summit also received the sponsorships of Ericsson and Eutelsat.

"Major trends are enabling more possibilities everywhere with increased intelligence in devices, along with the drive to transform networks, all being driven by the consumer desire for advanced connectivity and experience." stated Tarek Saadi, President of Ericsson in the North Middle East Unit. Saadi added: "We look forward to participate again in this year's Arab Advisors Convergence Summit to discuss with our partners and key industry stakeholders how we can work all together to enable better connectivity and fulfil the consumer demands in an all communicating world."  

"With the Middle East and Levant countries representing some of today's most vibrant telecoms and media markets, Eutelsat is delighted to join the 10th Convergence Summit. This event has established itself as a privileged platform for addressing digital strategies across the Arab world and we look forward to presenting the opportunities to leverage the latest satellite technologies for broadcasting and telecom services." said Jean-François Leprince-Ringuet, Chief Commercial Officer, Eutelsat

Over the summit's two days, delegates will interact with an array of 58 speakers that include (alphabetically): Mr. Samer Abdin (Co-Founder, Istikana), Mr. Abdelfattah Abu-Qayyas (ICT / HR Consultant, CITC KSA), Mr. Shawkat Ahmed (COO, Yahsat), Mr. Ammar Aker (CEO, Paltel Group), Mr. Jihad Alammar (Founder and CEO, Qaym), Mr. Mohanned Audeh (Corporate Sales Manager, Zain Jordan),
Mr. Imad Ayoub (CEO, Cyberia), Mr. Francis Barel (Business Development Manager, PayPal), Ms. Chrisitne Beylouni (Director General, FTTH Council MENA), Mr. Sam Barnett (CEO, MBC Group), Mr. Ahmed Barqawi (CEO, iAraby),
Mr. Girish Bhat (VP & Business Head for MEA, Tech Mahindra), Mr. Frederic Bonnard (VP, New Media France 24 & Radio Monte Carlo Doualiya), Mr. Nart Bouran ( Head of Sky News Arabia), Mr. Lionel Bringuier (Senior Solutions Architect - EMEA, Elemental Technologies), Mr. Sacha Dudler (Advisor to CEO, STC), Mr. Akram Farag (Managing Partner, Oxygen Consulting), Dr. Usama Fayyad (Executive Chairman, Oasis500), Mr. Peter Ford  (Managing Director, Emerging Markets, Cisco Systems), Mr. Luigi Gambardella (Chairman of the Executive Board of (ETNO) and Vice President of Telecom Italia), Mr. Mohammad Monir Ghannam (CEO, DAMAMAX), Mr. Samer Halawa (President, Globitel),
Mr. Ahmad Hanandeh (CEO, Zain Jordan), Mr. Ghassan Hasbani (Digital Economy Expert, former CEO STC International), Mr. Khaled Hegazy (External Affairs Director, Vodafone Egypt), Mr. Paul Hijazin (Executive Director, DMI) Mr. Ihab Hinnawi (CEO, Umniah), Mr. Sebastian Hoff (Market Development Director, Ericsson), Mr. Hakam Kanafani (CEO, Turk Telekom Group), Dr. Imad Hoballah (Chairman and CEO, TRA Lebanon), Mr. Ihsan Jawad (Partner, Honeybee Tech Ventures Ltd), Mr. Mohamad Khawaja (CEO, Startappz), Mr. Ali Korur (Regional VP MENA, Eutelsat), Mr. Andreas Krenn (Head of Marketing and Government/Industry Relations Ericsson Middle East), Dr. Latif Ladid (Founder & President, IPv6 Forum), Mr. Jean-François Leprince-Ringuet (CCO, Eutelsat), Dr. Ismaeel Makdisi (Acting CEOs, Intigral), Mr. Tarek Mansour (CEO, iPhoneIslam), Mr. Ziad Matar (Senior Director, Business Development, Middle East & Central Asia), Mr. Mohammed Nour Mehyar (Director - Sales & Business Development, Es'hailSat), Mr. Mohamad Mourad (Regional Manager Gulf, Google), Mr. Yousef Mutawe (CTO, Zain Jordan), Mr. Abhijit Navalekar (Principal, Booz & Company), Mr. Ahmed Ossama (Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer), Mr. Tim Peters (Principal, A.T. Kearney UAE Ltd), Dr. Wissam Rabadi (Executive Director, iPark), Mr. Tarek Saadi, (President of Ericsson North Middle East Region), Mr. Santino Saguto (Partner, Deloitte & Touche (M.E.), Mr. Nael Salah (Managing Director and Founder, ESKADENIA Software), Mr. Fares Sayegh (General Manager, Roya TV), Mr. Nabil Shanti (VP & CCO, Arabsat), Mr. Sami Smeirat (VP Orange Jordan / CEO Jordan Data Communication Company), Mr. Mohammad Al - Taani (Chairman and CEO, TRC Jordan), Mr. Jean-Francois Thomas (CEO, Orange Jordan / Jordan Telecom Group), Mr. Richard Warren (Managing Director, First Partner) and from Arab Advisors 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 10th Convergence Summit 2013 will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Amman on June 3&4 2013.

For more details and Online Registration please visit the summit's web site at

http://www.arabadvisors.com/Convergence/index.htm

Follow Arab Advisors Group on Twitter (@ArabAdvisors)

Official Convergence Summit Hashtag #10thCS

About Zain Group (Main Sponsor):  

Founded in 1995, Zain in Jordan was the first operator to introduce mobile phone services into 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 in Jordan has tallied subscriber growth at an exponential rate, with the number of users currently around 3 million subscribers. Through more than 3037 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 area, and the largest private sector investment in Jordan. Today, Zain is the leading and the largest telecommunications network operator and services provider in the country. Since day 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 3,500 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 (www.arabadvisors.com) Strategic Research Services (Media and/or Telecom).

To date, Arab Advisors Group has served over 680 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.htm

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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. 

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