Capacity Conferences would like to thank all of the 1058 delegates, 435 companies, 42 sponsors, 56 exhibitors, 53 meeting room holders and 39 meeting space holders for making Capacity Middle East 2014 our biggest and most successful event so far!
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Key Conference HighlightsGerd Leonard, Futurist, Author and CEO of The Futures Agency launched the conference with an inspiring Keynote Address, challenging carriers to rethink business models in order to prepare for and monetise the future convergence of the telecom sectors with the internet. A scenario Gerd believes will occur in the next five years that he has termed as ‘Telemedia’.
Investment Strategies & Technical Innovation
The theme of innovation was carried through by our panellists of the mornings’ discussion sessions; EXAMINING INVESTMENT STRATEGIES and TECHNICAL INOVATION. Rory Cole, COO, RELIANCE GLOBALCOM outlined how essential it is for companies to be concerned about their cloud strategies for future strategic development during the innovation panel, while the panellists discussed the possibility of gaining more value from data centres if a company was to provide direct interconnection.
Both sessions however came to the same conclusion: in order to innovate, telecoms operators must work together.
Content & Capacity
Steve Alexander, SVP & CTO of CIENA opened Day Two of the conference, stressing the need for carriers to rethink infrastructure as a platform to transform capacity into ‘capability on demand’.
The conference panel discussions brought to the foreground some of the key issues characterising the development of content and capacity in the Middle Eastern market. Erik Kreifeldt, Senior Analyst at TELEGEOGRAPHY, delivered his analyst insight into recent IP Transit growth; sharing with the audience that although internet traffic in the region is doubling every two years, it still has a long way to go before it reaches the 100% broadband penetration rate.
Wholesale Innovation for Mobile Services
The opening panel session of Day Three brought together speakers from DEUTSCHE TELEKOM ICSS, IBASIS, TATA COMMUNICATIONS and VODAFONE CARRIER SERVICES. Hussam Baroush, Custom Research and Product Development Manager at ARAB ADVISORS GROUP, directed the stimulating conversation which focussed on the evolution of voice and panellists discussed their concerns regarding the fraudulent activity that immigration from TDM to IP has created.
Capacity Middle East 2014 concluded with an enlightening panel discussion, which identified the new business opportunities in the Middle Eastern MVNO market and discussed the benefits and challenges of such investment.
See you in 2015!