Ericsson holds its first Middle East Media Summit in Beirut

Wael Nabbout, Nov 23 2011

Key players from the Middle East telecommunications industry met today at the Ericsson Middle East Media Summit in Beirut. The event is part of Ericsson’s effort to start an open dialogue within the industry highlighting upcoming challenges and opportunities as well as industry trends. 

The event included a number of keynote speeches, as well as debates covering topics such as the journey to the Networked Society, the impact of social media on the evolution of the telecommunication and media sectors, innovation in the industry, as well as a number of moderated discussions.

In the event's press release, Ericsson’s President and Head of Region Middle East and Africa Anders Lindblad is quoted saying: “As communications technology is continuously changing the lives of individuals and the way they communicate with one another, Ericsson firmly believes that the journey to the Networked Society has already begun in the region and the company expects that there will be more than 50 billion connected devices by 2020 globally, we are therefore hoping to start the conversation regionally and tap into the experience of some of the most successful companies and individuals in the region that dominate the telecommunication industry as well as related industries.

ArabNet CEO Omar Christidis who gave a presentation on the effect of technology on media and communities commented on the diversity of the crowd and its importance in creating synergies. “It was a great mix of CEOs and telecom executives, media and university students and professors, the kind of diversity that really creates interesting discussions that gives both sides a lot to think about.”

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