History

History

SAMENA Telecommunications Council was initially led by Dr. Muhammad Ali Al Wohaibi, then-CEO of Oman Telecom. Subsequently, SAMENA Council was chaired by Orange Jordan Telecom Group’s CEO Mr. Mickael Ghossein and then the group CEO of Saudi Telecom Company, Eng. Saud Al Daweesh. Elected in 2011, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Isa Al Khalifa, Group CEO of Batelco served as a chairman of the SAMENA Council’s Board of Directors until September 2013 and was succeeded by Dr. Nasser Marafih, then-Group CEO of Ooredoo. In 2016, the Board of Directors elected Dr. Khaled Biyari, Group CEO of STC, to lead SAMENA Council. On February 27, 2018, in Barcelona, STC Group was again elected to chair the Board of Directors under the leadership of STC GCEO Eng. Nasser Al Nasser. On February 6, 2020, in Bahrain, STC Group was once again elected to chair the Board of Directors and Batelco was again elected to vice-chair the Board of Directors under the leadership of Batelco. For the first time, in 2020, Satellite Operators received representation within the Council with the election of Arabsat to the Board, led by its CEO Mr. Mr. Khalid A. Balkheyour.

Since its inception in 2006, the Council has made major strides in representing the interests of Operators and the Industry, and in playing the role of the agenda-setter. Today, the Council is considered is the leading platform to provide a unified voice, addressing business and investment sustainability challenges to support the Private Sector, and to continually enable and foster intra and inter-industry collaboration within the SA-ME-NA region. The goal is to position the Operators as the critical Enabler and Partner of choice in driving government efforts and region-wide digitization programs, and in realizing socio-economic development across the region’s economies.

In June 2012, the SAMENA Council was officially selected as a member of the newly formed Arab Multi stakeholders Advisory Group (AMAG) for the Arab Internet Governance Forum. The advisory group’s mandate is to set the theme for the Arab Internet Governance Forum (AIGF) in a way that maintains transparency and inclusion. Today, SAMENA Council collaborates with leading international bodies, including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the World Economic Forum (WEF), the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development (BBCOM), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and actively pursues active engagement with regional bodies that represent UN Member States, such as the League of Arab States.

  • SAMENA Accelerator

    Accelerating Fiber & IPv6+ Deployment to Catalyze New Business and GDP Growth
    October 20 | Dubai UAE

  • The 12th Global MBB Forum 2021

    5Grows Together
    Oct. 13-14 | Dubai UAE

  • Industry Reports

    Digital Economy Report 2021
    Cross-Border Data Flows And Development: For Whom The Data Flow


    The State of Broadband 2021:
    People-Centred Approaches for Universal Broadband
    September 2021


    Executive Summary
    21st Century Financing Models for Bridging Broadband Connectivity Gaps
    September 2021

  • Press Release

    SAMENA Council Identifies Two-Pronged Challenge of Expediting 5G Development and Connecting the Still Un-connected...


    UN Broadband Commission Releases Key 21st Century Recommendations to Finance Sustainable Broadband Development and Closure of the Digital Divide in the 21st Century

  • Leaders' Summit 2021

    8th April 2021
    “Championing Digital Economic Growth from Policy to Reality”

  • SAMENA Trends

    June-August 2021
    Thriving in the Era of Digital Interdependence and Sustainability Challenges

  • Latest Open Consultations

    CITC - Public Consultation on “Spectrum Auction of 2100 MHz for Non-Terrestrial Networks Information Memorandum”


    TRA Oman - Consultation Paper on "Regulating Execution of Services in Telecommunications Field"

  • Latest Video

    SAMENA Council CEO Bocar BA shares insights with CNBC on industry trends, needs and issues in view of expanding Digital Economy

  • Latest Member Updates

    stc completes its digital services with 16 towers, 4 communication stations and 15 coverage vehicles
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    “SAMENA Accelerator – UBBF” Calls for Action to Achieve Ultra Broadband Policy Enablement and to Timely Address Challenges Facing Fiber Deployment and IPv6 Migration in the Region
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