Adnan Salkic is a senior business consultant of strategic planning for SwedTel Management Group, who include Saudi Arabian carrier STC among its clients. We speak to Salkic about his perspective on LTE deployment strategies in the Middle East region and his thoughts on why it is a key technology for operators looking to lower costs and increase network efficiency.
Principal Consultant, Middle-East Telecoms: “The Middle East region has consistently driven innovation”
Adnan Salkic, Senior Consultant for Strategy on projects for Middle-East telecom operators, is speaking in the HetNets track on Day One of the LTE MENA 2013 conference, taking place on the 13th-14th May 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the technology and techniques that operators in the region, and worldwide, will have to employ to cope with the incoming data onslaught.
Group CTO, STC: “We are just at the beginning of the most exciting phase of mobile network development.”
Dr Zeyad Bin Thamer Al Otaibi is the group CTO of STC, one of the leading operators in the Middle East region and will be conducting operator interviews on stage on Day One of the LTE MENA conference taking place on the 29th-30th April 2012 at the Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai. We talk to him about his views on how OTTs can contribute to the cost of networks, how LTE will leads to increased revenues and why unlimited deals may have a future after all.
STC, the Saudi Arabian carrier, has added anotherLTE coverage to another five cities across the Kingdom, taking the total up to 11. The cities of Makkah, Madinah, Abha, Khamis Mushayt, Dhahran now have access to LTE, in addition to the cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Jubail, Al Khobar, Al Ahsa.
Following launches in Saudi from Mobily and STC, and in the UAE from Etisalat, Qatar’s QTel has launched its own LTE services and UAE’s Du has announced that it is working on an LTE service to launch before the end of the year.
Dr. Saad Al Khatani, Group CSO of Saudi Telecom Company (STC), believes smart pipes are the only way to effectively offset the high set-up and running costs of modern broadband networks, and maintain Quality of Service to the customer as new applications and services are added.
Saudi Arabian mobile operator Mobily has launched the first LTE service in the Middle East, but rival STC was hot on its heels, launching its own service a day later.
Ahead of his speaking slot at the Broadband World Forum in September, Saad Dhafer Al Qahtani, head of group strategic operations at the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) gives an insight into the group’s international operations.