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Dubai 2012: the Major Destination for Telecoms

Major meeting in the Middle East to discuss the future of telecoms

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Q: Why did the ITU look at Dubai and what were the major attractions?
A: ITU Telecom World 2012 will be held at the Dubai International Conference and Exhibition Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, alongside GITEX, the leading ICT event for the Middle East, Africa and the South Asian region. Moving ITU Telecom World from its traditional venue in Geneva is in line with the general principle of geographic rotation between regions set down by the Plenipotentiary Conference in 2012. Dubai is a particularly exciting and appropriate location as a dynamic trade hub at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, a powerhouse of entrepreneurialism with a deep-seated and vibrant business culture and a cosmopolitan city embodying cutting-edge technology applied to daily living. The state-of-the-art venue and opportunity to leverage unique synergies alongside GITEX are further important factors.

Q: What can attendees expect from the event?
A: ITU Telecom World 2012 provides a unique global forum convening leading stakeholders from across the ICT ecosystem to engage in conferences, discussions, workshops, networking and showfloor events in a collective drive to find meaningful ICT solutions to pressing global challenges. Following the success of the format pioneered at World 2011, the event is focused on knowledge-sharing and networking at the highest level.

A dynamic conference agenda offers debate, roundtables, panel discussions and leadership key note speeches on the critical issues facing the industry and the world today, including cybersecurity, energy efficiency, citizen services, innovation, development and the economic crisis, M2M, cloud computing and smart grid communication, the optimization of spectrum resources and the convergence and transformation of the ICT value chain.

The exclusive Leadership Summit provides a collaborative platform for debate for global leaders responsible for framing and implementing ICT visions and strategies that will shape our future world. Technology Insight focuses on debate amongst digital thinkers at the forefront of ICT developments worldwide; the Young Innovators Competition calls for innovative digital ideas and solutions to real-world problems, with winning entries from social entrepreneurs aged 18 – 25 taking part in interactive workshops, mentoring and presentation sessions at the event. On the showfloor, National Pavilions from around the world showcase the best of regional technologies and developments, and highlight key investment opportunities. Structured and unstructured networking occasions include high-level one-to-one meetings, social functions, hosting sessions, networking breaks and active engagement in the online networking portal.

Q: Who are the major people, companies attending?
A: As the lead UN Agency for ICT matters, ITU has exceptional reach across all sectors of the industry ecosystem and throughout the world. ITU Telecom World 2012 will leverage this uniquely influential position to bring together an unparalleled mix of key stakeholders from the public and private sector, including Heads of State and Government, Ministers, Heads of UN Agencies, Heads of Regulatory Authorities, C-level industry executives, thought pioneers and digital innovator, policy advisors and representatives of academia and global media. This is a high-profile, influential audience of major industry players like no other.

Q: What is the theme of the event and why is that so important?
A: The bywords for the event are knowledge and action. Recognizing that the ICT industry is undergoing major transformation through the emergence of disruptive and powerful new technologies, innovations and practices, World 2012 will seek to identify and explore the impact of the game changers revolutionizing the ICT sector. Major industry players will analyze these game changers, debate their implications and share insights and best practices. The issues discussed, knowledge shared and relationships built at the event will be critical to creating real change in the industry – and in the wider world – in regulation, international standardization, government policy and strategic practice going forward.

Q: How can people get involved?
A: There is a whole range of ways to get involved. Register for one of a tiered system of access passes from mid-June 2012 to participate as a delegate. Take up an Event Partner Package enabling your organization to influence the conference agenda .your C-level executive to attend exclusive leadership events and play a high-profile role as a speaker, and your company to benefit from exceptional onsite and online visibility opportunities. Sponsorship packages place your corporate message at the very heart of the global ICT community through a range of structured opportunities. Be visible on the showfloor before a uniquely influential audience with a National Pavilion or Showcase, or hold private hospitality events and product demos in a dedicated Meeting Room or Hospitality Suite. Network with the world both in the Networking Spaces and Events on site in Dubai, and through our online networking portal – or connect with the global community, build contacts and conversation in the run up to the event and kickstart the discussion through our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Blog social media presence.

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