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GDS International Chairman: “Middle East set for Telco Expansion”

At first glance, many countries seem to be saturated, especially in the mobile sector

The Telco industry in the Middle East is set for further growth opportunities. How? At first glance, many countries seem to be saturated, especially in the mobile sector, but increased competition has led to many industry observers predicting good returns for those companies well placed to take advantage.

Spencer Green, Chairman of global media and events company GDS International, wholeheartedly agrees. GDS has long been a major player in hosting senior level business summits for the Telco industry.

“There appears to be tremendous growth opportunities for us in the Middle East right now, with substantial investment in areas such as Infrastructure, where Telco is critical,” says Spencer. “We also expect to see tremendous investment in Mobile, where increased competition for market share has led to companies developing new customer focused strategies."

A customer focused approach is what many commentators have said is lacking in the Middle East Telco sector, and it's clear that investing in the appropriate services and app stores that work on shortcuts for mobile devices is one of the most effective ways operators can provide their consumers with the needs they require.

This, plus many other critical topics, will be discussed in length at the Next Generation Telecoms MENA Summit, where regional Telco leaders will come together to learn and develop the best practices needed for competitive advantage and growth.

“Our Next Generation Telecoms Summit brand is well respected around the world,” says Spencer. “We are really looking forward to building on the huge success we have had in the Middle East. Now is a fascinating time in the region’s telco development. It will be exciting to see how GDS can help.”

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John Funnell has worked in online media for over ten years, after achieving his First Class BSC Hons Degree (BBC Sponsored), John won Bos 18-21 Princess Trust Entrepeneur of the year at 21, setting up Clean Living Records Ltd (including www.BeatReview.com) with great success having many acts that charted in Europe and Canada. After selling the business John looked for a new challenge and joined GDS International, having a successful career in sales and Delegate acquisition, he worked up to Event Director EMEA, forging contacts with some of the biggest technology names in the world, this lead to John having a lead role in the creation of MeettheBoss.com and MeettheBoss.tv – the worlds largest business IPTV channel. John then took over as Marketing and Communications Director and ran a multifaceted global Marketing team for GDS International in New York, Sydney, Kuala Lumper and the UK.. John joined Global in 2011 with the challenge of supporting its growth by developing a solid Marketing foundation through various Digital, PR and brand initiatives.