Jor­dan ICT Min­is­ter in­au­gu­rates Zain Tech­nol­ogy Con­fer­ence

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Zain Group, a lead­ing mo­bile tele­com in­no­va­tor across eight mar­kets in the Mid­dle East and Africa, an­nounces the suc­cess­ful com­mence­ment of its sixth an­nual Zain Tech­nol­ogy Con­fer­ence (ZTC) yes­ter­day at Le Royal ho­tel in Am­man, Jor­dan.

Held un­der the pa­tron­age of the Prime Min­is­ter of Jor­dan, Dr Hani AlMulki, the con­fer­ence was in­au­gu­rated by the Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy, and Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Sec­tor De­vel­op­ment, Majd Sh­weikeh who made an in­spir­ing key­note ad­dress that was ap­pre­ci­ated by all present. The theme of ZTC 2016 is ‘Mov­ing For­ward’, and will fo­cus on Zain’s strat­egy ex­e­cu­tion as it con­tin­ues to trans­form into a digital life­style provider of the high­est cal­iber, in­vest­ing ex­ten­sively in net­work and tech­nol­ogy up­grades to en­sure its in­di­vid­ual and en­ter­prise cus­tomers re­ceive the best and sim­plest digital mo­bile ex­pe­ri­ence.

The event saw the at­ten­dance of over 700 tele­com pro­fes­sion­als made up of Zain tech­nol­ogy, in­no­va­tion and prod­uct de­vel­op­ment per­son­nel from across its eight op­er­a­tions as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 60 of the world’s lead­ing tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tion providers. Also in at­ten­dance was the Pres­i­dent of the Jor­dan Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion, Dr Ghazi Jbour; Zain Group CEO, Scott Ge­gen­heimer; Zain Jor­dan CEO, Ah­mad Al-Hanan­deh; and Zain Group CTO, Hisham Al­lam.

In her open­ing key­note ad­dress, Majd Sh­weikeh said, “The hold­ing of this im­por­tant con­fer­ence in Jor­dan by Zain Group, a re­gional tele­com pi­o­neer, re­flects the King­dom’s success in the global digital arena and its ever-in­creas­ing at­trac­tion as a re­gional hub for digital in­no­va­tion. Jor­dan rec­og­nizes the im­por­tance of the ICT sec­tor as a key driver of eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity, and this con­fer­ence’s abil­ity to show­case the lat­est digital in­no­va­tions will sup­port our strat­egy and tran­si­tion to be­come a knowl­edge-based, digital econ­omy.”

She con­tin­ued, “Over the last decade, Zain has played an in­stru­men­tal role in bring­ing the lat­est tech­nolo­gies to Jor­dan and across the region, and we rec­og­nize the im­por­tance of both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor work­ing closely to­gether to fully ex­ploit the potential of dig­i­ti­za­tion for the ben­e­fit of so­ci­ety at large.”

The open­ing ses­sion also saw key­note pre­sen­ta­tions made by Zain’s pri­mary tech­nol­ogy part­ners, Eric­s­son, Huawei, and Nokia, each of which show­cased their strate­gic tech­nol­ogy of­fer­ings in sup­port of Zain’s digital trans­for­ma­tion as­pi­ra­tions. In ad­di­tion, renowned con­sult­ing firms Dete­con and Strat­egy and made pre­sen­ta­tions fo­cus­ing on the ex­pe­ri­ences of global op­er­a­tors in their digital trans­for­ma­tion jour­ney. The key­note ad­dress pre­sented by Fadi Ghan­dour, the Co-Founder of courier com­pany Aramex and Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man of WAMDA Cap­i­tal was well re­ceived and set the tone for the rest of the con­fer­ence.


High­light­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of the event be­ing held in Jor­dan and the im­por­tance of in­no­va­tion to the com­pany’s over­all strat­egy, Zain Group CEO, Scott Ge­gen­heimer said, “Jor­dan is an ap­pro­pri­ate backdrop in which to host ZTC 2016, given the em­pha­sis on in­no­va­tion that is driven from the Zain op­er­a­tion in the coun­try, no­tably the Zain In­no­va­tion Cam­pus (ZINC), and from which digital ideas are be­ing in­jected into the Group in or­der to de­liver unique digital mo­bile ex­pe­ri­ences for our cus­tomers.”

The CEO con­tin­ued, “I would like to ex­tend a spe­cial thank you to the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice, as well as the Of­fice of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy, and of Pub­lic Sec­tor De­vel­op­ment for their un­wa­ver­ing sup­port of our ef­forts and the cre­ation of an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment in which we are able to con­tinue de­ploy­ing cut­ting edge tech­nol­ogy.”

Ge­gen­heimer con­cluded, “We op­er­ate in a highly com­pet­i­tive in­dus­try, where the mar­gin be­tween success and fail­ure is very thin. We are re­quired to push our­selves con­stantly, and to­gether with trusted part­ners we de­vise new op­er­at­ing mod­els to de­liver the best qual­ity ser­vice to cus­tomers. This is why events such as ZTC are so im­por­tant in align­ing Zain’s am­bi­tions to be­come a digital life­style provider of choice with our tech­nol­ogy part­ners’ tech­nol­ogy roadmaps and ex­pec­ta­tions.”

Zain is uti­liz­ing the lat­est tech­nolo­gies in the de­vel­op­ment of tai­lored so­lu­tions in ar­eas such as Ma­chine to Ma­chine (M2M) com­mu­ni­ca­tions, En­ter­prise (B2B) of­fer­ings, and Smart City con­nec­tiv­ity, in at­tract­ing and of­fer­ing its cus­tomers unique and busi­ness en­hanc­ing mo­bile so­lu­tions.

“I would like to wel­come all del­e­gates to ZTC 2016 and to Jor­dan. There are nu­mer­ous ground­break­ing de­vel­op­ments tak­ing place in this mar­ket and over the com­ing days we look for­ward to de­tail­ing some of them with you. We hope you take this op­por­tu­nity to net­work and ex­change knowl­edge, and the de­sire is for you to leave the event rein­vig­o­rated by the prospects that lie ahead,” said Ah­mad AlHanan­deh, Zain Jor­dan CEO.

Hisham Al­lam, Zain Group CTO said, “We are al­ways en­thu­si­as­tic to bring our com­mu­nity of tech­nol­ogy part­ners to­gether to dis­cuss in­dus­try de­vel­op­ments in the con­text of Zain’s plans, strat­egy, and am­bi­tions, and we are ex­cited about this year’s event. The con­verged com­mu­ni­ca­tions space is an en­vi­ron­ment in con­stant flux, and the abil­ity to take stock as well as peer ahead is cru­cial to suc­ceed­ing now and into the fu­ture. I hope all par­tic­i­pants grasp this op­por­tu­nity.”

ZTC 2016 will com­prise seven streams, which ex­tend to Smart Net­works; Core Evo­lu­tion; BSS and OSS; Digital Fu­ture; IT Evo­lu­tion; Qual­ity of Ex­pe­ri­ence; Ser­vice In­no­va­tion; and En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Site Op­ti­miza­tion, with Zain’s three main tech­ni­cal part­ners - Huawei, Eric­s­son, and Nokia of­fer­ing tech­ni­cal ses­sions at the ZINC.

A live stream of the open­ing and ma­jor pre­sen­ta­tions of the event is be­ing pro­vided to 7,000 staff across all Zain Group coun­try op­er­a­tions. The con­fer­ence is be­ing com­pre­hen­sively cov­ered live on Zain’s so­cial me­dia chan­nels cover­ing many as­pects of the event and a ded­i­cated web­site has been estab­lished.

A gift is pre­sented to Jor­dan’s ICT Min­is­ter Majd Sh­weikeh.

Zain Group CEO Scott Ge­gen­heimer speaks dur­ing the ZTC 2016 con­fer­ence.

Jor­dan’s ICT Min­is­ter Majd Sh­weikeh de­liv­ers her speech.

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