Previous Panels


Les attentes et promesses de la 5G en Afrique

Le panel virtuel de Telecom Review a eu lieu le 25 novembre, sous le titre "5G : Quelles promesses pour l’Afrique ?". Le panel a mis en lumière la situation globale de la 5G en Afrique, la désactivation des systèmes traditionnels, transition des bandes, évolution de la voix, impact sur le réseau de backhaul, comment monétiser la 5G, les défis réglementaires et l’importance de la sécurité du 5G. Le public a participé à une session très interactive présidée par Toni Eid, PDG de Trace Media et fondateur de Telecom Review, avec la participation de Hatem Mestiri, Directeur technique, Ooredoo Tunisie ; Didier Kla, Directeur Orange Business et Broadband, Orange CIV ; Bassim Bennani, Directeur du marketing pour l'Afrique, Nokia ; et Zouheir Lakhdissi, PDG, Dial Technologies et investisseur providential.


Top B2B segments going onboard of the digital transformation journey

Telecom Review’s virtual panel took place on November 10, under the title of “Digital transformation driving the next phase of innovation”. The panel highlighted the different areas of digital transformation, understanding the cloud’s role in digital transformation, meeting emerging opportunities and challenges, innovating business models, and investing in digital skills to meet digital transformation goals, among others. The audience joined a very interactive session chaired by Toni Eid, CEO, Trace Media and founder, Telecom Review with the participation of Sebastian Alberto Delgado, vice president, IoT & AI, Etisalat; Günther Ottendorfer, chief technology & infrastructure officer, Ooredoo Qatar; Karim Benkirane, chief commercial officer, du; and Danial Mausoof, head of sales, mobile networks, MEA, Nokia.


Digitizing the capacity industry

Telecom Review’s virtual panel took place on October 5, under the title of “Digitizing the capacity industry”. The panel highlighted the latest developments in the wholesale industry, digital infrastructure, on-demand services, and the future of the wholesale industry in terms of data traffic increase. The audience joined a very interactive session chaired by Toni Eid, CEO, Trace Media and founder, Telecom Review with the participation of Ali Amiri, Chief Carrier & Wholesale Officer, Etisalat Group; Cengiz Oztelcan, CEO, GBI; Emmanuel Rochas, CEO, Orange International Carriers; Eric Cevis, President, Verizon Partner Solutions; Eric Handa, CEO & Co-Founder, AP Telecom; Frédéric Schepens, CEO, MTN Global Connect.


Revolutionizing connectivity through innovation

Telecom Review’s virtual panel, powered by SES, took place on September 13, under the title of “Revolutionizing connectivity through innovation”. The panel highlighted the different roles innovation is playing in the journey to revolutionize terrestrial and satellite connectivity. The audience joined a very interactive session moderated by Andrea Faggiano, partner, telecom, information, media & electronics practice lead, Arthur D. Little Middle East with the participation of Hamid Nawaz, general manager, Middle East & Central Asia, SES; Chra Hussain Arif, chief commercial officer, Asiacell Iraq; Kamil Hilali, chief strategy officer, Zain Group; Georges Jaber, vice president, wholesale, BD, Salam Saudi Arabia; and Hani Askar, general manager global, Batelco.


IPv6 Enhanced Innovation: Paving the way for digital transformation in the Gulf Region

Telecom Review, the Middle East’s leading ICT media platform, under its parent company Trace Media International, organized a webinar titled ‘IPv6 Enhanced Innovation: Paving the way for digital transformation in the Gulf Region’ on August 3. This was the 2nd event for the IP industry that aimed to provide fresh perspective into the transition from IPv4 to IPv6.


BEYOND 5G: The endless benefits of 5G to operators

Telecom Review organized a virtual panel on May 20th entitled “Beyond 5G: The endless benefits of 5G to operators”. The panel aimed to highlight what goes beyond 5G’s traditional definition and all the hype around it. The audience joined a very interactive session chaired by Toni Eid, CEO and founder of Telecom Review Group, with the participation of Alex Sinclair, CTO, GSMA; Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO, TELUS; James Kirby, SVP & Head of EMEA Business, CSG; Dr. Mohamed Madkour, VP Global Wireless Networks Marketing and Solutions, Huawei; and Mohamed Al Marzooqi, VP Technology Synergies, Etisalat Group.


Network automation & SD-WAN in the era of virtualization

Telecom Review organized a virtual panel on April 27, 2021, where industry experts discussed the topic of network automation & SD-WAN in the era of virtualization. Network automation and SD-WAN have been trending in the telecoms industry given their benefits and role in the digital age. In order to know more about this topic, the panel gathered Roque Lozano, SVP IP & Optical Networks, MEA, Nokia, Aloke Tusnial, Vice President, Cloud Business & Solutions, Spirent, Khaled Al Belooshi, VP Fixed Networks, Etisalat, Neil Templeton, Vice President, Digital Innovation Marketing, PCCW Global and Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO, TELUS. The panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer, MEF.


Infoblox SP Virtual Summit by Telecom Review: Designing next generation service providers network

The Infoblox SP Virtual Summit by Telecom Review was held on February 17 and addressed the theme “Thoughts and consideration for designing next generation service providers network”. The virtual summit tackled the requirements of next generation SP networks.

The two-hour virtual event featured keynotes and a panel of C-level executives representing leading telecom operators Etisalat UAE, Etisalat Misr, Ooredoo Qatar, stc and Vodafone Qatar.


PANEL: Opportunities of the 5G fixed wireless access

Telecom Review organized a virtual panel which saw the participation of 300 registrants, to discuss the opportunities offered by 5G fixed wireless access networks to consumers and mobile operators. Abdulrahman AlMufadda, CTO, Zain KSA and Ali Jitawi, customer business team head Zain, Nokia talked in depth about the importance of this technology. The panel discussion was moderated by Amer Mdanat, general manager (KSA), NXN.



PANEL: Role of cloud in accelerating businesses' digital transformation

Telecom Review, the world’s leading telecoms news platform, held a virtual panel, entitled ‘Role of cloud in accelerating business’ which was attended by hundreds of virtual participants, featuring industry leaders from across the world, to discuss the need for digital transformation in this space.

The panelists were:

-          Omar Akar, Vice President and Managing Director of Cloud and AI Business Group in the Middle East, Huawei

-          Haithem Al Faraj, Senior Vice President of Technology and Operations, stc

-          Hatem Bamatraf, CTO, Etisalat

-          Annette Geuther, Vice President Market Development, Colt Technology Services

-          George Jaber, Vice President, Wholesale Businesss Development and Bid Management, Integrated Telecom Company (ITC) KSA


PANEL: Digital transformation: A necessity brought forward by COVID-19

Telecom Review held a virtual panel on September 22, moderated by Jay Srage, CEO of Centrigent. Many attendees were following the live panel discussion where the industry’s top figures and respected leaders examined how COVID-19 highlighted the importance of digital transformation, the emerging technologies that led in the response to COVID-19, the gaps existing at the level of access to digital technologies, and end-to-end automated service assurance for telcos and service providers.

The panelists were:

-          Abdulla Al Jaziri, Vice President Corporate Strategy, Etisalat Group

-          Haithem Alfaraj, Senior VP of Technology and Operations Unit, stc

-          Ghazi Atallah, CEO, NXN

-          Jihad Tayara, CEO, Evoteq

-          Fuad Siddiqui, Executive Partner & Vice President, Nokia Bell Labs

-          Richard Ullenius, Vice President, Global Managed Services, CSG

-          Charbel Khneisser, Regional Director, Technical Sales, Riverbed

-          Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, Senior Vice President, Oracle MEA & CEE


PANEL: Capacity and data traffic: Enabling a seamless experience

Telecom Review held a virtual panel on 21 July, moderated by Toni Eid, CEO of Trace Media International and Founder of Telecom Review. The panel was attended by 346 participants, to discuss the latest and most pressing issues in the wholesale and capacity space.

The panelists were:

-        Marc Halbfinger, CEO, PCCW Global

-        Ali Amiri, Group Chief Carrier & Wholesale Officer, Etisalat

-        Frederic Schepens, CEO, MTN GlobalConnect

-        Emmanuel Rochas, CEO, International Carriers, Orange

-        Cengiz Oztelcan, CEO, GBI

-        Vaneet Mehta, AVP & Region Head – MECAA at Tata Communications

-        Elias Zaccack, Executive Vice President, Global Sales, SES


PANEL: Impact of COVID-19 on 5G development

Telecom Review announced that a series of virtual panels will be organized using Zoom application to connect the industry’s leading operators, vendors, ICT companies, governmental entities and consultants. The first panel happened on June 18th and discussed the impact of COVID-19 on 5G deployment and was moderated by Mr. Toni Eid, Founder of Telecom Review and CEO of Trace Media.

The panelists were:

-              Hatem Bamatraf, CTO, Etisalat

-              Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO, TELUS

-              Haithem Mohammed Alfaraj, Senior VP of Technology and Operations Unit, stc

-              An Jian, President of Carrier Business Group, Huawei Middle East Region

-              Femi Oshiga, VP, Service Providers, MEA, CommScope

-              Ghazi Atallah, CEO, NXN

-              Mohamed Samir, VP of Global Services for Middle East and Africa, Nokia