SAMENA Telecommunications Council is tri-regional not-for-profit industry association spanning more than 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. It represents the interests of more than 85 telecom operators and service providers in the fixed and mobile space, and stakeholders from the wider digital ecosystem, including technology-, equipment- and software manufacturers, internet companies, consulting companies, academia and regulatory authorities.
“In our growing world of hyper-connectedness, the telecommunications- and ICT industry holds a central position: its enabling role has become very visible in multiple dimensions of society’s progress toward digital development. The digital ecosystem is complex, least because it is constantly evolving. Creating the right enabling environment through setting policies and regulatory agendas, that benefit all stakeholders can be challenging and requires an acute understanding of different stakeholders’ needs, motivations and objectives.
The Internet and “everything digital” has spurred demand for digital products and services across borders. Consumers increasingly use the Internet and its services and applications to shop, bank, communicate, network and research, and so much more. Firms rely on the Internet to sell their products and services and for internal operations. Governments offer their services online. All rely on network infrastructure, which has to be secure, resilient and fast to be able to deal with the increased data flows generated from online activities. And more is coming: IoT devices will emit vast amounts of data 24/7, 7 days a week, which requires significant storage and processing capacity. At the same time, internet business models and global competition are disrupting traditional business models and services, and are putting a strain on traditional revenues and investments.Read More
To be recognized as the unified Telecom Operators’ voice and the leading Digital Stakeholder Platform for consensus-driven policy- and regulatory change in the SAMENA region.
It is SAMENA’s mission to serve as a sector-development partner to governments and industry for the joint creation of a flourishing and sustainable ICT sector to enable sustainable digital transformation. Our key objectives are to enable sustainable growth, incentivize investments and broaden value creation through effecting adoption of new regulatory approaches in the areas of Digital Services, Data Regulation, Spectrum Management, and Industry Fees & Taxation.Read More
Headquartered in the UAE, SAMENA Council was launched in 2006 by Thomas W. Wilson who also served as the Chief Executive Officer & Executive Managing Director until 2012. The 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.Read More
SAMENA Telecommunications Council - Industry Working Groups
SAMENA Telecommunications Council’s Board of Directors is a body of elected and appointed chief executives or organizational heads of telecommunications companies that are officially part of SAMENA’s membership.
What Our Members say about us
The wide range of participation of telecom industry players in the Summit, created a helpful platform for meaningful discussion leading to pragmatic solutions to existing obstacles, and facilitated reaching the desired objective towards developing the telecom industry in the region.Mr. Hani Al Mojel Executive GM, Mobily
We are very pleased with your service and the professional way all our queries and problems have been handled. I certainly would not hesitate to recommend your organization to other people I come into contact with.Dr. Syed Ismail Shah Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority
The SAMENA Leaders Summit provides a unique platform for industry leaders in the region and beyond to share their views on where the industry is headed, be it on a global scale or a more specific regional level. To me personally, it has always been a pleasant change from my daily management routine, offering me an open and dynamic setting to share ideas with my peers and re-examine the bigger picture. For that, I am grateful to the organization and the impressive team that makes it all possible.Mr. Jean-Francois Thomas Chief Executive Officer, Orange Jordan