Zain Group to host tech­nol­ogy con­fer­ence in Bahrain

60 global tech­nol­ogy providers to show­case lat­est dig­i­tal in­no­va­tions

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

MANAMA: Zain Group, a lead­ing mo­bile tele­com innovator in eight mar­kets across the Mid­dle East and Africa, is set to host its fifth an­nual Zain Tech­nol­ogy Con­fer­ence (ZTC), Novem­ber 30 to De­cem­ber 2, 2015 at the Art Rotana -Amwaj Ho­tel in the eco­nomic friendly city of Manama, Bahrain. The theme of this year’s Con­fer­ence is ‘Trans­form­ing Our World’, re­flect­ing Zain’s strate­gic as­pi­ra­tions of de­liv­er­ing on a com­pelling dig­i­tal life­style to its cus­tomers.

This year’s ZTC will be held in the pres­ence and pa­tron­age of His Ex­cel­lency En­gi­neer Ka­mal Bin Ahmed Mo­hammed, Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions for the King­dom of Bahrain and at­tended by Zain Bahrain Chair­man, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Ali Al Khal­ifa; Zain Group CEO, Scott Ge­gen­heimer; Zain Bahrain Gen­eral Man­ager, Mo­hammed Zainal­abe­din and Zain Group CTO, Hisham Al­lam amongst a host of Zain per­son­nel that will be mak­ing pre­sen­ta­tions. No­tably the open­ing ses­sion of the three-day event will see a key­note pre­sen­ta­tion from Dr Jean Pierre Scerri, Di­rec­tor of Le­gal Af­fairs from Bahrain’s Tele­com Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity.

For some time now, Zain has rec­og­nized the enor­mous growth op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able in the B2B, En­ter­prise, and Smart City spa­ces, and these sec­tors have be­come ma­jor ar­eas of fo­cus for the com­pany, re­quir­ing the full sup­port of all its part­ners. De­mand for mo­bil­ity, broad­band, vir­tu­al­iza­tion, cloud based ser­vices and en­hanced cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence are driv­ers for trans­for­ma­tion in the mod­ern ICT space, and Zain is on a peren­nial mis­sion to de­liver cut­ting-edge apps, ser­vices, and de­vices to sup­port these mega-trends.

With some 60 tech­nol­ogy providers and ven­dors par­tic­i­pat­ing and show­cas­ing their lat­est tech­nolo­gies at this year’s event, ZTC 2015 rep­re­sents one of Zain’s most im­pres­sive con­fer­ences to date. Rel­e­vant tech­nol­ogy and busi­ness top­ics that will be dis­cussed over the three days of in­ten­sive in­ter­ac­tions in­clude: Road to 5G; Core Vir­tu­al­iza­tion Evo­lu­tion; Busi­ness En­able­ment So­lu­tions; Big Data An­a­lyt­ics & Cloud Ser­vices; Cus­tomer Qual­ity of Ex­pe­ri­ence; Ser­vices In­no­va­tion; En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency, and Site Op­ti­miza­tion.

In ad­di­tion, there will be open­ing part­ner speeches made by three of Zain’s main global tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions providers, Eric­s­son, Huawei and Nokia, as well as a key­note pre­sen­ta­tion by global in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy re­search and ad­vi­sory firm Gart­ner.

Shaikh Ahmed Bin Ali Al-Khal­ifa, Chair­man of Zain Bahrain said, “The King­dom of Bahrain con­tin­u­ously fo­cuses its ef­forts and re­sources in keep­ing abreast with the lat­est trends in tech­nol­ogy. We are proud to host one of the big­gest re­gional tech­nol­ogy con­fer­ences in the King­dom of Bahrain, putting Zain Bahrain on the map as a hub for dig­i­tal in­no­va­tion.”

Shaikh Ahmed con­tin­ued, “Host­ing such events goes in line with the King­dom’s Eco­nomic Vi­sion 2030, which was launched back in Oc­to­ber 2008 by King Ha­mad Bin Isa Al-Khal­ifa, adopt­ing glob­al­iza­tion and in­creased com­pe­ti­tion and sus­tain­abil­ity through in­no­va­tion, sup­ported by the clear di­rec­tion out­lined for the con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment of the King­dom’s econ­omy.” Shaikh Ahmed also noted that the King­dom’s econ­omy is fully sup­ported by the es­teemed govern­ment, led by Prince Khal­ifa bin Sal­man Al-Khal­ifa, Prime Min­is­ter and the sup­port of Prince Sal­man bin Ha­mad Al Khal­ifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Com­man­der and First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter. He also ex­tended his thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion to His Ex­cel­lency En­gi­neer Ka­mal Bin Ahmed Mo­hammed, Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions for pa­tron­iz­ing the event.

Com­ment­ing on the prepa­ra­tion for ZTC 2015, Zain Group CEO, Scott Ge­gen­heimer said, “We are pleased to be host­ing ZTC 2015 in Bahrain once again hav­ing held our very first tech­nol­ogy con­fer­ence in the King­dom back in 2009. We are also proud to be an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in the king­dom’s ICT sec­tor, hav­ing in­vested over US$100 mil­lion in the last year alone to re­vamp our 4G net­work to bet­ter serve our cus­tomers, re­flect­ing Zain’s faith in the King­dom’s fu­ture pros­per­ity.

Ge­gen­heimer con­tin­ued: “With nu­mer­ous key­note pre­sen­ta­tions and around 95 break-out ses­sions planned at the Con­fer­ence, we are look­ing for­ward to hold­ing many fruit­ful dis­cus­sions that will lead to even bet­ter co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Zain and its ar­ray of tech­nol­ogy part­ners. Dig­i­tal in­no­va­tion and its im­ple­men­ta­tion to en­hance our cus­tomers’ mo­bile ex­pe­ri­ence lies at the heart of Zain’s vi­sion.”


Zain Group’s Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer, Hisham Al­lam com­mented: “ZTC 2015 is go­ing to be a mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion for Zain and its tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion part­ners. Our sec­tor is an ex­cit­ing, vi­brant, evolv­ing, com­plex one, and now, more than at any time in the past it is im­por­tant for there to be a large de­gree of in­for­ma­tion ex­change and trans­parency in our in­dus­try.”

ZTC 2015 will see over 600 par­tic­i­pants made up pre­dom­i­nantly of Zain tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion per­son­nel from across its eight op­er­a­tions as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the 60 tech­nol­ogy part­ners par­tic­i­pat­ing. The con­fer­ence will be com­pre­hen­sively cov­ered live on Zain’s so­cial me­dia chan­nels cov­er­ing many as­pects of the event. ENDS

About Zain Group: Zain is a lead­ing telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions op­er­a­tor across the Mid­dle East and Africa pro­vid­ing mo­bile voice and data ser­vices to over 45.6 mil­lion ac­tive cus­tomers as of 30 Septem­ber 2015. With a com­mer­cial pres­ence in 8 coun­tries, Zain op­er­ates in: Bahrain, Iraq, Jor­dan, Kuwait, Saudi Ara­bia, Su­dan and South Su­dan. In Le­banon, the Group man­ages ‘touch’ on be­half of the govern­ment. In Morocco, Zain has a 15.5 per­cent stake in ‘INWI’, through a joint ven­ture. Zain is listed on the Kuwait Stock Ex­change.

Zain Group CEO Scott Ge­gen­heimer

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