Broadband strategy forum on Sunday

December 05, 2013 - 4:18:37 am

DOHA: About 400 delegates from across the world will attend an international symposium on broadband strategy at the Four Seasons Hotel on December 8.

The Minister of Information and Communications Technology H E Dr Hessa Sultan Al Jaber will open ‘Connecting to the Future’ being hosted by the ministry.

More than 20 global and regional experts will address the event, that will bring together about 400 decisionmakers, experts and stakeholders from Qatar and around the world. 

In interactive sessions, they will discuss policy actions required to power high-speed broadband rollout and the development of a framework encouraging broadband adoption across all sectors. Challenges in adapting to the converged media of the future will be identified and addressed. 

The Qatar National Broadband Plan (QNBP) identifies strategic priority actions for the country to advance into a leading knowledge-based economy. 

It aims at providing high-speed, affordable, accessible broadband for the country to foster a new decade of innovation and success. In spirit of collaboration, ministries and public and private institutions are expected to join forces in implementation of the plan. 

Richard Adler, Distinguished Fellow with the Institute for the Future will explore the future of broadband as we move from a connected to a hyper-connected world.

He will highlight implications for several key domains, including education and healthcare, as well as effects on how organisations and business enterprises operate. 

Blair Levin, Communications and Society Fellow from the Aspen Institute of Communications and Society Programs, will discuss QNBP in comparison to other national plans and identify commonalities across the diversity of plans. 

Panellists also include Dr Robert Pepper, V P Global Technology Policy, Cisco, Cerys Wyn Davies, Partner at Pinsent Mason, Rene Summers, Director Government and Industry Relations at Ericsson, Mohammed Al Mannai, Chief Executive Officer, Qatar National Broadband Network, Hassan Jassim Al Sayed, Assistant Secretary General - Government ICT Programmes, the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, Hashem Ahmed Al Hashemi, Strategic Adviser at the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, Ali Al Khulaifi, Executive Director - Business Support Services, Enterprise Qatar, Nasser Rashid E R Al Kuwari, Head of Engineering Information Systems, Ashghal Public Works Authority and Anthony Baker, Chief Strategy Officer, Es’hailSat.

Registration is free and still open and those interested can register through the ministry website. Details can be had at

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