Arab Region Internet & Telecom Summit
Muscat (Oman), 28-30 May 2001


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"The Arab Region Internet and Telecom Summit" organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the ITU and hosted by OmanTel, was held in Muscat, Oman from 28 to 30 May 2001.  The conference focused on the key challenges and opportunities the Internet poses for governments, telecommunication businesses and Internet Service Providers.

The Internet is one of the most dynamic areas of development in the telecommunication sector today. Internet and IP networks are revolutionizing the delivery of information services and commerce in many countries, and will make a major contribution to business, social and economic development throughout the Arab region during the next decade. This conference was intended for senior personnel who have responsibility for Internet policy and operation in their countries in the Arab region such as ministries of communications, regulatory bodies, telecommunications operating companies and Internet service businesses. It allowed them to share their knowledge about current Internet developments and opportunities with colleagues from the Arab region, as well as with leading international experts from the telecommunications business and development communities. The conference also highlighted the latest Internet-related information and research from the ITU.

Key issues that were covered include:

  • The roles of the Internet Service Provider and the telecommunications operators in delivering Internet service;

  • Regulatory issues;

  • e-commerce and other key applications of Internet;

  • Internet costs and pricing;

  • IP networks and Internet telephony;

  • New technologies for delivering Internet;

  • Funding opportunities for Internet development;

  • and examples of Internet development and use around the region.


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