March 2019

Focus Area News & Events

Telecommunications and Digital Media Forum

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) is supporting the International Institute of Communication (IIC) in hosting their first regulator’s forum in 2017 in Qatar.

For many reasons this region has become very interesting, due to the robustly growth in the mobile market and  the expansion of the migrant workforce, and the untapped demand for advanced data services, particularly among businesses, and the growing interest in video content. This is evident, boding well for service diversification strategies.

Key Discussion Themes







This richly expanding marketing and explosion of digital consumption provides challenges for regulators and policy makers. It is against this backdrop that we will discuss:

Competition & Convergence

What interventions can be taken to drive competition? What opportunities are there for media and communications industry convergence?

Stimulating Investment

Building certainty and incentives to promote sustainable investment in telecom and digital media innovation and infrastructure. Examining fiscal policies, broadband plans, universal service provision.

Digital Content

What are the arguments for and against a new policy environment for OTT and digital content/service providers? Protecting the digital consumer from spam, premium rate services, illegal content.

Digital Economy

How to achieve the economies of scale to deliver mass M2M and IoT in smaller emerging markets? Debating routes to 5G, spectrum neutrality of use, cross border data flows.

The Agenda for the Telecommunications and Digital Media Forum

Keynote Speakers

Mohammed Ali Al-Mannai

President, Communications Regulatory Authority of Qatar (CRA)

Panel Speakers

Alexandre Serot (Dr)

Head of Regulatory, Vodafone Qatar

Chris Chapman

President, International Institute of Communications

Francesco Liberatore

Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

Hamit Ersoy

Member of RTÜK, Radio and Television Supreme Council of Turkey; Secretary General, Islamic Countries Broadcasting Regulatory Authorities Forum (IBRAF)

Howaida Nadim

CEO & Founder, Foresight Communications Consultancy

Leong Keng Thai

Deputy Chief Executive, Info-Communications Media Development Authority of Singapore

Marc Furrer

Senior Partner, Monti Stampa Furrer Partners; Former President, Federal Communications Commission, Switzerland

Nezih Dincbudak

Vice President Regulatory Affairs, Orange Middle East & Africa

Rainer Schnepfleitner (Dr)

Manager Regulation Affairs and Competition, Communications Regulatory Authority of Qatar (CRA)

Rob Middlehurst

Group Vice President, Regulatory Affairs - International Policy, Etisalat

Service Links