Testimonials 2014

Ahmed Julfar, Group CEO, Etisalat.

Ahmed Julfar, Group CEO, Etisalat.

“The UAE and Dubai in particular, is a hub for events in the ICT industry. The Telecom Review Summit is an example of an excellent gathering in the UAE that allows us to capitalize on the UAE’s position of being a great business hub and meet people to do business with. It’s an excellent platform for networking and sharing and exchanging ideas. Thank you, Telecom Review, for organizing such a summit.”

Chafic Chaya, Regional Communications Manager, RIPE NCC

Chafic Chaya, Regional Communications Manager, RIPE NCC

“I was especially pleased to hear the operators’ views on the deployment of IPv6 that outlined RIPE NCCs views on the value of IPv6 deployment as a critical element for the internet’s continuing growth and utility, rather than a product. The Telecom Review Summit did an excellent job bringing Senior Industry Leaders together to hold open, frank discussions on the most important topics in the telecom industry and Smart Cities.”

Yusuf Abu Mutawe, CTO, Zain Jordan

Yusuf Abu Mutawe, CTO, Zain Jordan

“The Telecom Review Summit gives you the chance to meet with the stakeholders of the telecom business. Having big business leaders gives it more value than other summits and getting that kind of attention from business leaders and decision makers enriches the Summit’s interaction and networking opportunities.”

Mac Taylor, Chief Consultant Digital Services, Huawei

Mac Taylor, Chief Consultant Digital Services, Huawei

“Key decision makers and executives from the region’s telecom operators and regulators as well as vendors are here so it is an excellent opportunity for networking. The biggest value of this is to talk to those people and hear about key challenges directly from the horse’s mouth. The CEO panel discussion for instance was very interesting to get a sense of perspective from a number of senior leaders from across the region. A very insightful and interesting discussion, well worth attending.”

Karim El-Khazen, VP, Business Development & Innovation, International Wholesale Business Unit, Deutsche Telekom AG

Karim El-Khazen, VP, Business Development & Innovation, International Wholesale Business Unit, Deutsche Telekom AG

“It’s very interesting to be here after the experience last year .The Summit is a great networking event where you meet all the players in the region in one day in one place, and hear CEOs and other panellists debating about the challenges in the region and how to cope. It’s also great to be able to contribute to the industry by being part of the panel.”

Didier Lelièvre, Deputy CEO, Sofrecom, Orange Group

Didier Lelièvre, Deputy CEO, Sofrecom, Orange Group

“Being from France it can be difficult to meet everyone from the region. This Summit is very important for us as a consultancy provider to meet with operators from the quality of the panels, where CEOs of different regional operators, talk about the future of our industry, and to the networking breaks which offer a great opportunity to meet and network with people. At this event, everyone is in one place and you can meet and discuss telcos’ relationships with OTTs, customer experience, digital transformation. It is very important for me to be present. Thanks, Telecom Review, for organising such a gathering.”

Ghassan Hasbani, CEO, Graycoats

Ghassan Hasbani, CEO, Graycoats

“It’s a great opportunity to see everyone in the same place again and have conversations about multiple topics. Ideas emerge, business can be done, and we can discover new avenues not previously thought about by having these multiple conversations. And there is just as much value in the panel discussions as the networking sessions which all happen in a very relaxed atmosphere.”

Joseph Ged, CEO, Ooredoo Algeria

Joseph Ged, CEO, Ooredoo Algeria

“The Telecom Review Summit is one of the most important ones in the region. We have great people and decision makers here and Telecom Review is doing a great job getting everyone together and covering all the relevant topics.”

Ihab Ghattas, Assistant President, Huawei

Ihab Ghattas, Assistant President, Huawei

“There were a number of high level CEOs, CTOs and CXOs as well as a number of interesting conversations allowing us to explore ideas which might be difficult to discuss in an official environment.”

Igor Le Prince, EVP Global Services, Nokia Network

Igor Le Prince, EVP Global Services, Nokia Network

“It’s incredible to see how many CEOs and CTOs Telecom Review manages to bring. I’m always wondering if Toni will be able to do it again and he does. The panel with our CEO customers talking about the challenges they are facing and the discussion on Smart Cities were the highlights for me. Bringing people from outside the Middle East and Africa region adds a lot of value and shows us different perspectives from outside the MENA region.”

Luigi Gambardella, Chairman, European Telecommunications Network Operators.

Luigi Gambardella, Chairman, European Telecommunications Network Operators.

“I personally expect this region will face similar problems as Europe due to similar peculiarities in both regions. But this meeting has been very important and gave us the opportunity to share perspectives from our side, gather information and listen and learn from the experience of the region.”