The 4th Annual Media & Telecommunications Convergence Conference - 2007

Sponsors:

  • Oger Telecom
  • Paltel Group
  • Kalaam
  • Xpress
  • Orange
  • Fastlink
  • Qualcomm
  • Optimiza Solution
  • Adaptive Mobile
  • Glimmer Glass

Speakers:

  • Mr. Jawad Abbassi, General Manager
  • Mr. Ammar A. Aker, CEO, JAWWAL
  • Mr. Medhat Amer, CIO, Fastlink
  • Mr. Imad Ayoub, CEO, Cyberia
  • Dr . Saad Barrak, Director General, MTC Group
  • Mr. Craig Blakeley, Alliance Law Group LLC
  • Mr. Bashar Dahabra, CEO, Info2Cell
  • Dr. Paul Doany, CEO Oger Telecom, Chairman Turk Telecom
  • Mr. Michael Dunning, Managing Director, Fitch Ratings
  • Mr. Mohamed Elnawawy, VP, International and Regulatory Affairs, Te Data Egypt
  • Mr. Mohammed Al Faraj, Director of Strategies & Communication, Saudi Telecom - ALJAWAL
  • Dr. Usama Fayyad, Chief Data Officer & Sr. VP Research and Strategic Data Solutions, Yahoo, Inc
  • Mr. Jeremy Foster, Marketing Director, Ericsson
  • Mr. Luigi Gasparollo, V.P. Business Development MENA Region, Qualcomm
  • Mickael Ghossein, CEO, Jordan Telecom Group
  • Mr. Jean-Philippe Gillet, Regional Vice President, Intelsat
  • Mr. Mark Guirgis, Vice President, PRIMUS Telecommunications Group
  • Mr. Faisal Hakki, Finacial Markets Research Manager, Arab Advisors Group
  • Mr. Hilal Halaoui, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Mr. Samer Halawa, Executive Manager, Globitel
  • Mr. Andy Hanna, VP-Sales & Chief Commercial Officer, Kalaam Telecom
  • Dr. Ahmad Hiasat, CEO, TRC
  • Mr. Khalil Al-Hindwan, Senior Manager, Oracle
  • Mr. Gareth Maclachlan, VP Products and Services, AdaptiveMobile
  • Dr. Abdul Malik Al Jaber, CEO, Paltel
  • Mr. Marwan Juma, CEO, XPress
  • Mr. Peter Kaliaropoulos, CEO, Batelco
  • Mr. Hakam Kanafani, Chief Business Development Officer, Oger Telecom
  • Mr. Robert Lundy, President and CEO Glimmerglass, Inc.
  • Mr. Alexander McNabb, Group Account Director, Spot on Public Relations
  • Mr. Hazem Malhas, CEO and Vice Chairman, Optimiza
  • H.E. Mohammed Omran, Chairman, Etisalat
  • Mr. Carlos Riera, CEO, Kalaam Telecom
  • Mr. Santino Saguto, Director, Italy Greece MENA, Spectrum Strategy Consultants
  • Dr. Kamal Shehadi, Chairman and CEO, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Lebanon
  • Mr. Omar Shoter , CEO, Noorsat
  • Mr. Sami Smeirat, CEO, Wanadoo
  • Mr. Samih Toukan, CEO, Maktoob
  • Ms. Nadine Usta, Senior Research Analyst, Arab Advisors Group
  • Mr. Philippe Vogeleer, Chief Strategy Officer / Secretary General, Jordan Telecom

Agenda:

  • FUTURE GROWTH FOR TELCOS - Where will it come from?
  • Telecom markets liberalization in the Arab World: An operator’s perspective.
  • The age of regional telecom operators: Identifying and leveraging growth opportunities.

-   Organic growth vs. acquisition growth. Risks and rewards.

-   Creating and building synergies between subsidiaries.

-   Service and network strategies: Pure plays or integration?

-   Financing growth and new ventures: Examples and experiences.

  • Service portfolio strategies for new entrants
  • An Integrated Operator Model
  • Arab telecom and media markets: A 2007 update
  • What services can help mobile operators increase revenue, efficiency, differentiation, and market share?
  • The broadcast industry: Trends and issues.

- Strategies for content distributing and broadcasting.

- Opportunities and challenges in the development of Mobile TV through various platforms

- Platforms for TV: Sat TV, Terrestrial Digital TV, Mobile TV, IPTV

  • Convergence and the Evolution of Value
  • The regional broadband market: Growth drivers and inhibitors.

Best ways to kick start a broadband boom in the Arab World.

-  The choice between copper and wireless access. What determines it?

-  Regulating broadband markets

-  Broadband strategies for content providers.

-  Will WiMAX be the silver bullet? Or is it all hyped?

  • Consolidation of Telco assets in the Middle East: A trend or a fad to waste hard earned cash?
  • Capacity glut: Will the operators find ways to capitalize on Broadband access technologies?
  • Will disruptive technologies spoil the long awaited promise of “multi-play”?
  • Convergence, Complexity & Customer Needs - 3 C's facing the Telcos
  • Financing Telecom and Media ventures and projects in the Arab World: Current Trends.

Equity, Debt funding, public bond markets, Islamic financing. Which is best for the companies?

Credit risk developments: What is needed for a public rating? And why is a public rating needed?

-  Stock markets and IPOs: Lessons learned.

-  Valuing license and telecom companies: Financial and strategic considerations.

  • The New Optical Internet
  • Telecom Opportunities in Lebanon
  • The IT component in telecom and media companies: The role of technology providers.
  • Protecting the Mobile Individual's Way of Life
  • The requirement for customer usage protection
  • Approaches to protection
  • Case study on value received
  • New trends in social media and on-line communities
  • Leveraging the Internet and cellular subscriber bases for revenues
  • The state of portals and search in the region. Is there room for regional players in front of major global players like Google and yahoo!
  • TV interactivity as a revenue stream? Has its hey day passed or major growth still ahead?
  • Mobile strategies for online content providers
  • Content strategies for cellular operators