The South Asia–Middle East–North Africa region’s SAMENA Telecommunications Council announced that it will host the ‘Beyond Connectivity 2015‘ summit in Doha, Qatar on 11 May 2015 at The Ritz-Carlton Doha.

To be held under the theme, ‘Meeting the Digital Agenda: Maximizing Telcos’ Revenues through Harmonized Excellence’, the day-long summit at the Ritz Carlton West Bay Lagoon will gather senior decision-makers from the region’s leading telecom operators such as Vodafone Qatar and Ooredoo, technology providers, government and industry bodies.

SAMENA Telecommunications Council, Bocar BA- CEO, said:

Digitisation is blurring the boundaries between telecommunications and mass media, creating new business opportunities for operators while at the same time putting intense pressure on prices and margins. ‘The ‘Beyond Connectivity’ summit aims to provide a platform for telecom industry stakeholders to come together and assess where we collectively stand with regard to the digital agenda we have set for ourselves, and identify ways in which we can foster greater collaboration and increase our revenues in a telecommunications landscape that is constantly evolving.’

The ‘Beyond Connectivity’ summit comes at a time when telcos around the region are under considerable pressure to maintain profit and revenue growth amid the telecommunications industry’s continued journey into the digital age.

Roundtable discussions at the summit will focus on key market developments against the background of the challenges and opportunities facing operators in sustaining revenue growth such as the need for new spectrum, enhanced cooperation across content stakeholders, international mobile roaming regulations, and emerging trends in the sphere of satellite broadband.

The summit will also discuss the positions of Arab countries on critical industry issues ahead of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) to be held in Geneva, Switzerland in November this year.

Presentations and roundtable discussions at the summit will be followed by a gala dinner for attendees hosted by Vodafone Qatar.

SAMENA Telecommunications Council is the South Asia – Middle East – North Africa (SAMENA) region’s sole operator-driven industry association that represents telecommunications service providers from around the region, and beyond. SAMENA is a not-for-profit organisation, with membership comprising more than 90 leading regional and international organisations. Founded in 2006 in the UAE, SAMENA is chaired by Dr Nasser Marafih and led by Bocar A. BA. SAMENA collaborates with leading non-profit international organizations, including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the European Telecom Network Operators’ Association. With an expanding member portfolio, the Council is quickly securing strong footing in the region. SAMENA’s current network consists of 25 countries from South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. However, organizations from countries of Asia Pacific, Europe and North America also form part of the SAMENA membership.