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Press Release

SAMENA to facilitate discussion between the regions Telecom Operators on international roaming charges

SAMENA to facilitate discussion between the regions Telecom Operators on international roaming charges

Establishes SAMENA International Roaming Rate Group (SIRG) to study international roaming

Dubai – UAE, December 07, 2009: The multi-continent telecommunications consortium, SAMENA Telecommunications Council has announced the establishment of a new group, the SAMENA International Roaming Rate Group (SIRRG) to study international roaming. The intention to launch a new discussion group to facilitate discussion between the region's telecom operators was announced by Thomas Wilson, CEO of SAMENA during SAMENA's "Convergence to Istanbul 2009" which was held in November 2009 in Turkey.

Bocar A. BA, President of SAMENA said, "We believe that SAMENA International Roaming Rate Group (SIRRG) will contribute significantly to the collaboration among the telecom operators in the region, who are encouraged to participate in the proposed group and share their expertise for the benefit of the regions telecommunications sector. SAMENA perceives an immediate need to address this issue by creating a dialogue among SAMENA members through its regulatory working group."

SAMENA's primary goal is to facilitate collaboration, and the sharing of knowledge and experience between its members and non-members from the telecommunications industry to advance and further promote the growth of the sector in the region. International roaming plays a very important role in driving the profits of telecom operators but also has a significant impact on consumers and hence SAMENA aims to facilitate discussions among operators, to provide suggestions and solutions that have tangible benefits for all stakeholders.


SAMENA Telecommunications Council is a tri-regional, non-profit telecommunications association that embodies a community of South Asian, Middle Eastern, and North African telecoms operators, manufacturers, regulatory authorities, and academia. SAMENA aims to be the ultimate promoter of collaboration and knowledge-sharing in the SAMENA region that spans over 25 countries, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

The Council is driven by telecoms issues that operators in South Asia, the Middle East, and in North Africa face, and is determined in providing its advocacy expertise to help aid the incubation of novel approaches and ideas that would provide better means for the expansion and utilization of telecommunications in the region.

Headquartered in Dubai, SAMENA is chaired by Eng. Saud Al Daweesh, Group CEO of STC – Saudi Arabia, and is directed by Mr. Thomas W. Wilson.

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