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Telecom firms expect big boost from expo

Dubai, July 22, 2009

Gulfcomms, a major telecom trade event for mobile, fixed lines, IP and satellite, will provide a business platform to capitalise on the projected windfall in revenue generated by the telecom industry in the UAE, say industry experts.

Gulfcomms Exhibition will be held as part of Gitex Technology Week 2009 from October 18 to 22 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

According to Al Mal Capital, a top multi-line investment bank, the UAE telecoms sector in 2009 is expected to reach Dh29.72 billion ($8 billion).

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, Enterprise Ireland, Nortel Networks, Moon Networks and the TRA, are just some of the major companies who will be exhibiting at the event.

“The UAE communications industry remains one of the strongest in the region, with the increased demand for mass communication satellite connections and the continued boom in IP services,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre.

“Manufacturers and service providers alike recognise the significance of opportunities provided by Gulfcomms, an event which brings the entire region’s communications players together each year under on roof.”

Although the Middle East is witnessing growth in fixed line, mobile and Internet usage, the region still lags behind in broadband adoption. With increased market liberalisation there is greater opportunity for companies operating in network development, satellite applications, and infrastructure solutions to financially capitalise from a growing industry looking to implement broadband connection.

“Businesses and individuals in the region need to adopt the ‘next generation’ in communication and various other forms of technology to remain globally competitive,” said Adnan Al Bahar, senior director of marketing & communications at Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority.

“We can help these businesses make the transition and enable them to carry out their work efficiently, effectively and profitably,” he added.

“Being an integrated technology park, we are committed to facilitating and promoting technology-based industries, research and development within a fully integrated community. Gitex Technology Week is the right platform for us to promote our value proposition and what we can offer companies in terms of resource, expertise, and infrastructure.”

Gulfcomms provides one of the most attractive points of entry to this dynamic market. Visitors to the event will see the latest offerings in 3G technology, mobile convergence and WiMAX.

“Today, technologies must be designed to connect people to the information they need quickly and efficiently, and customers are increasingly demanding this of companies,” said Ramin Attari, vice president and managing director, Nortel Middle East and Africa.

“We are industry leaders in delivering communications capabilities that are designed to make business communication simple, and Gitex Technology Week has always provided a forum to conduct meaningful business.”

Now in its 29th year, Gitex Technology Week has become a beacon for the information technology and communications sectors in the Middle East, and attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world. Decision makers and buyers will use the event to improve the value proposition of their offerings while enhancing the cost efficiency of their operations. – TradeArabia News Service




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