GCCIA to host forum on latest network technologies

Publish January 14, 2022
technology

The Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA ) will be hosting a special panel discussion focused on the current state of global communication networks.

The forum, which aims to take a closer look at the latest technologies and current investment opportunities in global communications, will be held at the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The forum comes at a time the communications industry will continue with its many digitization projects and emerging technologies. According to a recent report issued by Mckinsey, one of the world's leading management consulting firms, the increased trajectory covering the creation of new channels, products and services in the communications segment will not slow down--particularly in the global efforts to address the pandemic.

The event is being positioned as a strategic opportunity to further evaluate and study MENA's overall communications connectivity while also planning to increase ways on how to bolster infrastructure investment in the region.

Ahmed Al Ebrahim, GCCIA CEO, said: “The GCCIA is excited to host this forum, which looks to play a key effort in the continuing move to position the MENA region as a central hub for global communication networks. Panelists at this event will tackle the challenges currently being faced by the industry and how to promote interoperability among different communication networks and entities.”

Officials of the GCCIA explained that the forum will allow them to take a closer look at policy considerations aimed at addressing legal and institutional frameworks for investment, technologies and financing--even those covering public-private partnerships.

The panel will also look into future and emerging technologies, including the use of terrestrial cable in the GCC and the opportunities it brings for Hyperscale’s / Cloud companies and other large enterprises.

The exciting one-day forum is expected to be attended by some of the world's leading personalities in the field of communications, which include Greg Varisco, CEO, Cinturion Group; Hani Askar, Chief Global Business Officer, Batelco; Kamil Hilali, Chief Strategy Officer, Zain; Rafik Shafik, Chief Technology Officer, Infonas; Adel Al Daylami, CEO, AIM; Veer Passi, Group CEO, Kalaam; Sameer Dawood, Manager, System Engineer, Infinera; Lihu Brent, Regional Director, Huawei and Azz Eddine Mansouri, General Manager, Ciena.

'We are truly honoured to be joined by a distinguished panel of communication experts--all coming together to help give us their insights and perspectives on the continuously growing communications industry and how we can reinforce Mena region's leading position within the industry,' concluded Ebrahim.

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