Dubai, 21 October 2009 (GITEX) - Etisalat today signed an exclusive strategic partnership with Informa Telecoms and Media, a leading provider of business intelligence to global telecoms and media markets. As a strategic operator partner Etisalat will collaborate with Informa for region’s most coveted upcoming global events in 2009 and 2010. The partnership extends to the region’s five key events including GSM>3G Middle East Telco World Summit 2009 and 2010; FTTX Megna 2009; IPTV World Forum Middle East 2009; Broadband Summit Middle East 2009; WiMax Forum Middle East 2009.
Informa Telecoms and Media are global leaders in organising strategic conferences that provide a thought leadership platform that empower inspire and assist industry leaders to share and delve on future trends and industry best practices. Etisalat through this strategic alliance will further its vision of reaching out to its customers, partners and the global telecom industry to play an active role in shaping the future of the industry. These events will stimulate innovation by bringing the industry together and enabling progress within the dynamic telecoms and media markets through networking opportunities with senior representatives, industry experts and telecom thought leaders.
Commenting on the association, Mr. Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, Chief Operation Officer, Etisalat.said “Etisalat’s partnership in these key industry forums reinforces our commitment towards shaping the future of telecommunications industry in the region by benchmarking our technological know-how, sharing experiences and outlining best practices and exchanging insights with world leaders and global partners.”
The portfolio of events partnered by Etisalat represents some of the most powerful telecom summits and conferences in 2009 and 2010 attracting ministers of telecom, regulators, investors, operators, industry leaders, experts, professionals and telecom companies from the Middle East and around the globe.
Essa Al Haddad, Chief Marketing Officer, Etisalat said “Etisalat is positioned as a regional leader in the global telecommunications market and through our partnership with some of Informa’s most important strategic assemblies in the telecom industry in the Middle East and globally, Etisalat also aims to showcase its ground-breaking technologies & services at exhibitions that run parallel to the conferences. Etisalat is an industry leader in broadband services and has recently heralded a new era with the deployment of its Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) technology that will revolutionise customers’ access to fixed line services making UAE among the first countries in the world to enjoy this status.”
As one of the largest and most diversified network operators in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, this multi-layered relationship with Informa will allow Etisalat to bring years of experience of delivering market-leading, customer-focused services on a domestic and international level to these industry events that provide a comprehensive review of the region's telecommunications industry, as well as lay out a strategic roadmap for its future development.
Commenting on the strategic alliance, Mr Ian Hemming the CEO of Informa Telecoms & Media from Informa Telecom said: “"Etisalat offers the highest quality of innovative services, including broadband, mobile and IPTV, positioning the UAE as one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world. Leading the introduction of new services, both in the domestic market and across its networks in the Middle East, Africa and India, Etisalat brings a wealth of expertise and experience to any high-level Summit."
“Among the five industry events that Informa is partnering with Etisalat, the focus of the GSM>3G Middle East Telco World Summit for 2009 is International Expansion Opportunities for Middle East Operators. Etisalat has of course expanded successfully beyond the borders of the UAE, selecting high growth markets with low penetration and large population. Expanding its global footprint, Etisalat has joined the league of major telecom providers in the world and is well-positioned to be the strategic operator partner at this event." he added
“We are also extremely excited about the collaboration with Etisalat on The Broadband Global Summit on 9-10 March 2010 in Dubai. The confirmation of Etisalat as Strategic Operator Partner at this industry leading event is an excellent fit as they are the leading broadband provider in the region. Abu Dhabi will be the world’s first FTTH connected capital by the end of the 2009 and the UAE will be the first FTTH connected country by 2011.”