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TRA hosts global launch of World Bank MENA region broadband networks report

February 6, 2014

ABU DHBAI, 6th February, 2014 /WAM/ -- The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority , TRA, today hosted the official global launch of the World Bank s latest report into broadband networks in the Middle East and North Africa . The report, entitled: "Broadband Networks in the Middle East and North Africa - Accelerating High-Speed Internet Access" was launched at the TRA s Abu Dhabi headquarters this morning to be followed by a policy presentation and panel discussion in the afternoon. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim , TRA Director-General opened proceedings and took his place on the discussion panel to assess the findings of the report and the implications for the region particularly in the United Arab Emirates . Other panellists included Khalifa Alforah, Chief Digital Services Officer at Etisalat, Tariq Albahri , Vice President of Regulatory and External Affairs at du, Khaled Koubaa , Public Policy Government Relations Manager, North Africa at Google , and Fadi Salem , the Director of the Governance and Innovation Programme, and Fellow at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government . Commenting on the event, Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim said, "It is fitting, yet not coincidental, that the World Bank has chosen the U.A.E. TRA headquarters as the venue to launch its latest statistical exploration into broadband. The U.A.E. always exhibited a strong commitment to increasing the provision of broadband and extending the benefits of greater connectivity to all. "Hosting an event of this magnitude goes to show the U.A.E. s credibility in the international field of ICT and its increasing contribution to it. The U.A.E. TRA welcomes the findings of the report and the increased awareness of MENA broadband provision that has resulted from its release," he added.

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Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM) (United Arab Emirates)

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