Press Release

Press Release

Samena Council Strengthens Its Ties With The Itu With New Cooperation Program

In a move that further strengthens its relationship with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and provides impetus to its efforts in forging synergies and cooperation within the South Asia - Middle East - North Africa region’s ICT community, SAMENA Telecommunications Council and ITU have agreed to promote ITU Telecom World 2013 among all its stakeholders. This high-level knowledge-sharing and networking event will be held in Bangkok, Thailand from 19-22 November 2013. It will convene an audience spanning leading industry stakeholders from the public and private sectors, including Heads of State and Government, Ministers, Heads of UN Agencies, Heads of Regulatory Authorities, industry CEOs from across the entire ICT ecosystem, thought leaders, consultants, academics and digital innovators.

Highlighting the SAMENA Council's efforts in actively engaging with its members and stakeholders for the progress of the ICT industry in the region and beyond, Mr. Bocar A. Ba, CEO, SAMENA Telecommunications Council said, “The ITU’s interest in using our platform to effectively support its events in the region is a positive one and augurs well for our member base who stand to benefit. We are excited about this program and look forward to seeing strong representation and participation from the regional ICT community at the ITU Telecom World 2013 in Thailand. The global ICT industry is on the threshold of a digital revolution, and this event with high-level discussions on regulations and policies, innovations and strategies, and business models, between industry and government experts, will provide ICT players in the SAMENA region with the opportunity to exchange ideas, collaborate on industry issues and identify solutions with far-reaching benefits.”

SAMENA Telecommunications Council collaborates with leading non-profit international organizations, including the International Telecommunication Union 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, Middle East and North Africa. However, organizations from the Asia Pacific, Europe and North America regions are also part of the SAMENA Council member base.


About SAMENA Telecommunications Council

SAMENA Telecommunications Council is a tri-regional, non-profit telecommunications association that represents over 40 telecommunications operators in 25 markets, representing an aggregate subscriber base of 790 million mobile users, including mobile broadband users, 79 million fixed-line users, and 22 million broadband users. The Council’s membership embodies a community of telecom operators, manufacturers, government bodies, academia, and leading global management consultancy organizations. SAMENA’s Board of Directors and member companies include the largest regional operators and global multi-network operators as well as new competitive entrants. SAMENA focuses on digitization and broadband investment policies, and aims to promote beneficial regulation and governance that further industry evolution, as well as cooperation among key ICT industry stakeholders. For further information, please visit or contact SAMENA Communication at +97143642700 or email to (

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