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Qtel Group Chairman Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Thani addressing the Telecom World 2012 in Dubai yesterday.
DOHA: Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Thani, Qtel Group Chairman, has called on the telecommunications sector’s operators, regulators and partners to come together to solve some of the major challenges facing both customers and the industry.
Delivering the keynote address at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2012, the leading platform for the global ICT community, Sheikh Abdullah identified the need to support new broadband infrastructure projects and the necessity of simplifying international roaming charges, the two critical challenges faced by the industry according to him.
The price of international roaming has become a hot-button issue around the world, with the increasingly global population often facing excessive charges when they use their mobile abroad, inflated by the operator in the country they visit. The ITU is pushing for legislation and industry agreement that would secure roaming price transparency, immediate access to price information, greater competition and prices that are based on the actual costs.
“The people who travel abroad are our best customers, and we need to make sure they can use their mobiles safely and securely. I fully support the ITU Secretary General, Dr Hamadoun Touré, and his call for full transparency and choice,” he said.