Press Release

Press Release

SAMENA ACCELERATOR Policy Roundtable during Huawei UBBF 2021 in Dubai to Address Rural Fiber Broadband Development & IPv6/IPv6+ Transition Issues

Dubai – September 25 – SAMENA Telecommunications Council has announced that, as a part of the Huawei UBB Forum (Ultrabroadband Forum) 2021, which will take place in Dubai from October 19-20 during Gitex 2021, its SAMENA Accelerator policy-level roundtable will be organized among the Digital Communication Industry’s leading decision-makers from all around the SA-ME-NA region beyond. The primary objectives of the UBBF-collaborated and Huawei-hosted SAMENA Accelerator is to address policy, regulatory, and business enablement issues relating to fiber deployment and industrial digitalization.

To be held on October 20 as a bi-thematic policy leadership roundtable, with both live and virtual participation of speakers and attendees, the October UBBF-collaborated SAMENA Accelerator will address the need to achieve universal broadband access and create new business growth opportunities for Telecom Operators by accelerating fiber broadband deployment in the SA-ME-NA region to foster digital transformation while also taking the 5G and IoT era telecom networks to the next level by deploying IPv6 enhanced innovations (IPv6+). As the demand for the Internet of Things increases and the amount of HD content including videos and a large amount of data generated and transmitted rises, it has become increasingly evident that these and many other requirements brought forth by 5G, IoT, Cloud, AI as well as governments and standard bodies are requiring transitioning to IPv6 and to IPv6 enhanced innovations (namely, IPv6+).

The Huawei-hosted SAMENA Accelerator during the UBBF 2021 will cover key policy and planning areas, including Policy Visions for Inclusive Gigabit Connectivity, Innovative Policy Steps in the Provision of Ultra-fast Broadband Connections, OSP/ISP Fiber Deployment Experiences & Best Practices for the Private Sector, Role of IPv6 & IPV6 Enhanced Innovation in Regional Digital Economic Transformation, and the Role of Industry Value-chains and the Pace of IPv6 Adoption to Foster Industrial Digitalization, among other areas of industry interest.

This strategic industry event, to be held as a collaboration between Huawei and SAMENA Council, is in continuation of the SAMENA Accelerators held last year, with special focus placed this year to correlate fiber deployment with socio-economic growth, especially in the rural areas of the region, and to build the case for accelerated fiber deployment as an essential ICT pillar, which can dramatically add to and support sustainable national GDP growth by engaging rural communities. However, as a costly effort for investors, key incentives must be given and key issue areas and challenges need to mitigated at an unprecedented pace to achieve universal access. Furthermore, accelerating Industrial Digitalization in the era of Industry 4.0 and IoT, with the aim of accommodating complex and distributed network applications, and allowing for Telecom Operators’ search for new streams of business growth, including through intelligent cloud network capabilities, demands creating the rationale for speeding up the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 and also to the enhanced evolutions version of IPv6 (IPv6+).

Participation in SAMENA Accelerator is by-invitation only. Industry participants can contact the SAMENA Council team to get further information about this conference, which will be held on October 20, 2021 in Dubai. Further information will follow soon.