Middle East 2019 GCCM - Oman 25th and 26th November

 Middle East 2019 GCCM

Carrier Community (CC) is a global telecom club established in 2008 and organizing its 6th annual global carrier community member meetings in Oman. CC is organizing its annual Middle East 2019 GCCM – Oman on 25-26 November 2019 hosted by Diamond Lead Sponsor Omantel. More than 450+ Club Members representing decision-makers from the Tier-1, Tier-2 and Tier-3 are meeting and networking in Oman.

The Carrier Members are getting together from Voice, Data, SMS, Mobile, VAS, Cable, Satellite, Data Centers and other related segments.

All Middle East 2019 GCCM Member Delegates have full access to all meeting facilities, executive panel sessions and evening networking receptions. CC is also organising its 2nd edition of CC-Digital Cloud Submarine Summit in Oman. CC invites cloud and subsea cable companies to attend, meet and network while exploring business opportunities and show casing their latest solutions. Companies from various segments such as Submarine – Application – Content Providers – Cloud – Security – Data Storage – Mobile – Datacenters – Enterprises and other related segments were participating and meeting in one place. Please click here to view more details about CC-Digital Cloud Submarine Summit (click to view).

REASONS TO ATTEND Middle East 2019 GCCM - Oman
  1. An exclusive wholesale telecom operator and service provider event.
  2. Meet more than 450+ wholesale members representing 200+ regional and international telecom operators and telco ecosystem partners.
  3. Competitive entrée rates for 2 days at EUR 450 per delegate including all areas: online meeting tool, bilateral meetings, technology exhibition, panel sessions, leisure Golf activities (subject to the T&Cs) and evening networking receptions.
  4. Network with peers and eco partners in a private, relaxed and exclusive community environment.
  5. Join knowledge sharing executive panel sessions covering topics such as Submarine Cable, Mobile Industry, 5G, AI, Blockchain, Wholesale Industry, Datacenter, and Role of Women in Telco Industry Today.
AGENDA
Sunday, November 24
10:30 - 19:00
Official Golf Day Registration (Please check The Golf Page for registration details)

20:00 - 22:00
Pre-event get together networking reception
Monday, November 25
08:30 - 10:30
Registration-Morning Coffee Networking Reception
08:30 - 12:30
Members one-to-one meetings
11:00 - 11:10
Welcome Speech by Wida Schmidt, CEO at CC
11:10 - 11:20
Welcome Speech by Sohail Qadir, VP Wholesale at Omantel
11:30 - 12:30
Executive Round-table Panel Discussions Session
Topic: New Business Models and Investment Strategies to Meet Cables Future Digital Demand
12:30 - 13:30
Networking Session and Lunch Break
13:30 - 18:00
Members one-to-one meetings
14:00 - 15:00
Executive Round-table Panel Discussions Session
Topic: The Role of Datacenters in the Region to Meet Future Demand
15:30 - 16:15
Executive Round-Table Panel Discussion with Topic
Topic: Wholesale Industry in the Digital Age. New Business Models around Cloud for Service Providers
18:00 - 18:30
Official First Day Closure
19:00 - 22:00
Welcome Networking Evening Reception
Hosted by Omantel
Tuesday, November 26
09:00 - 10:30
Registration-Morning Coffee Networking Reception
09:00 - 11:00
Members one-to-one meetings
10:30 - 11:15
Executive Round-table Panel Discussions Session
Topic: Mobile Market in Middle East Region – Key Challenges and Opportunities in the Middle East Mobile Market
11:30 - 12:30
Executive Round-table Panel Discussions Session
Topic: The Role of Women in the Telco Industry Today and Tomorrow
12:30 - 13:30
Networking Session and Lunch Break
17:00 - 17:30
Official GCCM Closure
19:00 - 22:00
Closing Networking Reception
VENUE
Crowne Plaza Muscat
Qurum Heights, P.O. Box 1455, Muscat | 112 | Oman
+968 24 660660

The dazzling Crowne Plaza® Muscat hotel looks across the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Oman from a lush clifftop in fashionable Qurum Heights. With a panoramic terrace, infinity pool and private beach, the hotel is just a 20-minute drive from Muscat International Airport and steps from Qurum Beach with its café-lined promenade. Oman’s main business and ministerial districts are 10 minutes away.

ACCOMMODATION
Crowne Plaza Muscat
Qurum Heights, P.O. Box 1455, Muscat | 112 | Oman
+968 24 660660

Special Rate: We have arranged special contingent rates with the Crowne Plaza Muscat.

**City-View room (Single Occupancy) == OMR 90.00 NET per room including buffet breakfast & internet

**City-View room (Double Occupancy) == OMR 100.000 NET per room including buffet breakfast & internet

To book your room please fill out the Hotel Form below and send it directly to the Hotel.

 

DOWNLOAD THE HOTEL’S BOOKING FORM

 

Recommended hotels nearby to book directly:

  • InterContinental Muscat ★★★★★ – visit the hotel website
  • W Muscat ★★★★★ – visit the hotel website
  • Ramee Guestline ★★★★ – visit the hotel website
  • Al Qurum Resort ★★★ – visit the hotel website
SPEAKERS & PANELLISTS
Telecom Event Middle East 2019 GCCM - Speaker
Moderator
Erik van Stokkom
Director at VSC
Biography

Based at Lago di Como in Italy, VSC provides strategic advisory services in M&A, Business Development & Media for the telecommunication industry. Over the last 25 years, Erik developed extensive expertise and deep domain knowledge working at major telecom companies. His international career includes senior & executive level positions. Over the years, Erik has been a regular speaker & moderator at major international telecom conferences.

Telecom Event Middle East 2019 GCCM - Speaker
Welcome Speech
Sohail Qadir
VP Wholesale at Omantel
Biography

Mr. Qadir is the Vice President of Omantel Wholesale Business Unit. He is responsible for International wholesale businesses and is also looking after the business for national interconnect partners and mobile resellers. He has more than 20 years of senior management experience in a broad range of IT & Telecom segments with a specific focus on International Wholesale business. Before joining Omantel he was the COO in Worldcall Telecom. Mr. Qadir holds B.E. in Computer Systems and Masters in Business Administration.

Telecom Event Middle East 2019 GCCM - Speaker
Panellist
Jamil AL Koussa
Senior Manager Capacity and Submarine Cables, BBG and G2A MC chairman at Omantel
Biography

With more than 14 years’ experience in the Telecom industry, Jamil’s experience includes project management, business development, sales and procurement. Jamil started working on submarine cables 10 years ago when he was with Orange. He was Management Committee and subcommittees chairman on different submarine cables and currently he is the BBG and G2A MC chairman. Jamil has been working with Omantel for 5 years and he leads the Omantel France activities in landing the AAE-1 cable in Marseille. Jamil holds a bachelor degree in Telecom Engineering, a Master in European Business and a Master in Geopolitics and International Relations.

Telecom Event Middle East 2019 GCCM - Speaker
Panellist
Huda Al Habsi
Senior Advisor Technology at OMANTEL
Biography

Huda is Senior Technology Advisor at OMANTEL. She brings more than 15 years of experience in both IT and Marketing in the telecom industry.

 

My experience was gained with a key focus on building and maintaining highly successful business relationships as well as contributing as a vital and dynamic team player...

EVENT MEDIA
EXHIBITORS
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Odine Solutions is a market leading Systems Integrator and an innovative Cloud PaaS/SaaS Service Provider to Tier 1-2 Communication Service Providers as well as Wholesale Voice/Data Aggregators across the globe.
Our PaaS (Platform as a Service) bundles ODINE, our suite of intelligent wholesale voice business management applications which provides flexible policy driven routing, route optimization, offer management, rating, billing, number portability, technical and business reporting & analytics, as well as dispute management, with best-of-breed SBC, TDM/SIP Interworking, and Transcoding services.
As a part of our end-to-end approach to providing Solutions for CSPs, we have a wide portfolio of solutions including IP Voice, EPC, IMS and VoLTE, Wi-Fi Offload, SD-WAN and vCPE, DPI/GiLAN, and many others, with a focus on next-generation NFV and SDN based architectures.
With regional offices in Istanbul, London, Miami, Dubai and Lahore, Odine Solutions’ geographical presence, experience, and cultural fluency bridges Americas, Europe, and Asia, while uniquely serving emerging markets across Africa.
Through comprehensive software and professional services, Odine Solutions seamlessly builds, manages and operates new voice signaling technology, multi-vendor equipment interoperability and multiple transmission technologies in carrier networks. Odine Solutions builds defenses essential to helping service providers detect and block external threats and operate their networks with committed SLAs. Odine Solutions has developed solutions sized and priced for the range of service providers, including smaller networks lacking solutions on the market.
Leveraging IP expertise revolutionizing service provider networks, Odine Solutions is simultaneously fueling major IP transformation underway in the enterprise for business customers. For both carriers and the businesses they serve, Odine Solutions is deploying innovative new services such as Hosted IP Centrex and Unified Communications, as well as IMS, Mobility and OTT services, unleashing high potential applications, particularly when combined with the smartphone and tablet revolution.

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Platin Telecom is a European company specializing in International Premium Rate Numbers (IPRN). IPRN is a value added service product, which can be sold internationally and used in countries where value added service numbers are not available. IPRN can be used for voice and data services, voting, live chats, call TV, quiz shows, and much more. The product has been very successful over the last years and has been implemented by various operators around the world.
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DIGITALK is a trusted vendor of Consumer, Carrier and Mobile platforms and applications to fixed and mobile communications service providers worldwide. Carrier Cloud is a high availability, unlimited capacity platform managed through a fully integrated suite of components, including automated rate processing, route optimisation, billing and bilateral agreements.By increasing efficiency through automation and reducing risk through real-time monitoring and analytics, Carrier Cloud drives down costs and increases service profitability. Launch rapidly and grow flexibly by visiting http://www.digitalk.com/carrier/.

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Omantel Wholesale is the international and domestic wholesale arm of Oman Telecommunications Company S.A.O.G. (Omantel), the first and leading integrated telecommunications service provider in Oman. Founded in 1970, Omantel is a joint-stock company listed in Muscat Securities Market and is 51% owned by Oman Investment Fund (OIF), a wholly owned investment arm of the Omani government.

The company has laid the groundwork for telecommunications and technological advancement in the country and it continues to invest heavily within its own borders and abroad. As a result, Omantel has acquired a controlling stake in Kuwaiti Mobile Telecommunications Company (Zain Group) last year, making Omantel the third largest telecom group in the MENA region.

Omantel Wholesale capitalizes on ultra-low latency networks to enable innovation and digital transformation globally, utilizing Oman’s geographic advantage at the absolute nexus of the east, west, north, and south to enable its customers and partners to deliver their services with the best possible end-user experience.

Omantel finds the simplest and easiest way for its partners to access some of the most challenging and high-growth markets in the world. Its business is about being open and easy to work with so that its partners can take full advantage of its global infrastructure and unique geographic position. It has investments in 20+ submarine cable systems and offers direct and rapid access to the developed markets of Europe, Asiaand North America as well as unique destinations like Iran, Pakistan and Yemen. When partners choose Omantel, they gain simple, trusted and high-performance connectivity.

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Data Access Solutions Inc. is a Toronto, based company which was formed as a wholesale provider of International Voice over IP (VoIP) services. A unique blend of diverse skills and experience forms the unmatchable core of our company.Through our owned and operated state-of-art equipments in Toronto and with cooperation of our worldwide partners, we offer termination services to over 150 countries worldwide.Data Access Solutions is one of the first companies deploying the new generation Mera VoIP Transit Softswitch ll (MVTS ll) at its facilities located at 151 Front Street, Toronto, as core of its network to ensure high performance and reliability for each and every call Key benefits are: Support of SIP, H.323 and their Variants Advanced Transcoding Capabilities Accurate billing through its Oracle Database.
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Since 2003 XICOMM has been developing, maintaining and designing voice over IP networks for businesses ranging in size from large corporation to medium and small and even sole proprietorships. In 2008, XICOMM launched its own dedicated network in order to become a world wide wholesale carrier. XICOMM is interconnected with more than 160+ carriers throughout the world, carrying over 5 Million minutes of international voice traffic to various destinations in the world on a daily basis. This enables us to successfully terminate your international voice traffic to anywhere in the world with the best quality possible and the most competitive rate in the market. Today, XICOMM is carrying over 5 Million minutes a day of international voice traffic to various destinations in the world. We bring together talented professionals with idea and expertise to provide solutions unique to each of our clients. The engineers, developers and Marketing Experts at XICOMM passes over 10+ combined years of knowledge and experience that guarantees our clients do receive the highest quality of Service, Our solutions are base on a combination of the latest technology, hi-tech equipment, comprehensive business experience and competitive rates. XICOMM's value proposition is centered on providing exceptional service to our partners every day. Our relentless focus on attention to our partners' needs is the cornerstone of our success and is what separates us from other telecom companies.
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We offer you a simple platform for connecting applications and services around the world. Over the last 20 years, we have been trusted to deliver one customer experience, enabling customers to be successful and accelerate business growth globally.
With an extensive portfolio of international Voice, Data and IP solutions, we aim to meet the needs of both fixed and mobile operators. Through these services, we offer you a platform for growing reach, revenue and reputation around the globe. https://www.wis.one/our-company/our-business/

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Qatama Communications (Qatama Ltd) is a communication services firm supporting international, regional and local carriers with a range of specialized services including International Voice Termination, Cloud Switching and SIP Services. With its headquarters strategically located in the United Arab Emirates, Qatama Communications provides its partners strong and reliable interconnects into the Middle-Eastern and Central Asia telecom markets. Qatama Communications was founded and is staffed by people who have created results for leading Tier-1 carriers throughout Asia and Europe. Contact us to find out more on our services and interconnects and how we can help you utilize them.
VISA INFO

Visitors to Oman must obtain a visa prior to travel unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.
Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa to visit Oman:
• Bahrain
• Kuwait
• Qatar
• Saudi Arabia
• United Arab Emirates

eVisa

Citizens of the EU may obtain a single or multiple entry eVisa valid for 30 days online. Citizens of non-EU countries who are not listed in the visa exemption countries also require eVisa to enter the country. For more information, please follow the link here.
To sign up for an e-visa, https://evisa.rop.gov.om/, register with a user name and password and then select the visa of your choice before finalizing your payment.
Oman stopped issuing visas on arrival in February 2019.
There are currently temporary 'Visa on arrival kiosks' in Muscat International airport for those, who didn't apply for an eVisa, however, there is no information on how long these kiosks are going to be there for, so it's advisable to apply for an eVisa before flying Oman.

Common visa

Dubai
Holders of a visa or entrance stamp of the Emirate of Dubai that is valid for at least 21 days are visa exempt.
• Fees: No fees are charged. Fees are only paid to the relevant authorities in the Emirate of Dubai.
• Procedures on how to get the visa: A seal of entry should be stamped at the legal point of entry on the passport for three weeks after registering all passport holder data.
• Visa validity: Three weeks only.
• Extension term: One week only.
• A fine of (10) ten Omani riyals per day is charged for an overstay beyond the validity term of the visa.
The countries benefiting from this type of visa are:
Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, Britain, Sweden, Greece, Austria , Ireland , Finland, Germany , Iceland, Belgium , Norway, The Netherlands , Denmark, South Korea ,Japan, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Vatican, Monaco, Andorra, San Marino.

Qatar
Holders of a visa for Qatar that is valid for travel to Oman and valid for at least one month are visa exempt when arriving directly from Qatar.
The countries benefiting from this type of visa are:
Andorra, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City.

* Please note that we don't take any liability for the provided information. In order to get more information please contact the Embassy of Oman or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your country.

ABOUT THE CITY

5 BEST THINGS TO DO IN MUSCAT, OMAN

 

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque – Muscat’s most magnificent religious building and the only mosque in Oman to open its doors to tourists, the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is one of the city’s most popular attractions. Built in the Ghubrah suburb back in 2001, the landmark building is an impressive feat of contemporary Islamic architecture and one of the largest mosques in the Gulf, with the 40,000-square-meter grounds able to accommodate an incredible 20,000 worshippers at one time. The mosque is open from 8:00 am to 11:00 am for non-Muslims every day except Friday. Men and women must dress conservatively in long trousers and covered shoulders. Women must also cover their hair. 

www.sultanqaboosgrandmosque.com

 

 

Royal Opera House Muscat – Oman’s premier venue for musical arts and culture. The opera house is located in the Shati Al-Qurm district of Muscat on Sultan Qaboos Street. Built on the royal orders of Sultan Qaboos of Oman, the Royal Opera House reflects unique contemporary Omani architecture and has a capacity to accommodate a maximum of 1,100 people. The opera house complex consists of a concert theatre, auditorium, formal landscaped gardens, cultural market with retail, luxury restaurants and an art center for musical, theatrical and operatic productions.

https://www.rohmuscat.org.om/en/Pages/default.aspx

 

 

Bait Al Zubair – Bait Al Zubair is a cultural foundation that was originally a private museum that opened its doors to the public in 1998. Bait Al Zubair Museum is located in the old city of Muscat. It displays and houses some of the greatest Omani artifacts and collectibles, including a group of conventional weapons, jewelry, clothing, household items and some old models representing Omani rural and urban environments. It was funded by the Al Zubair family. The museum’s collection of artifacts and displays is considered as the finest that is privately owned. 

https://www.baitalzubair.com/

 

 

Mutrah Souq – Al Dhalam (Darkness in Arabic) Souq is the local name for the Muttrah Souq. The Muttrah Souq is perhaps one of the oldest marketplaces in the Arab world. It is located adjacent to the harbor of the port of Muscat and has seen immense trade in the age of sail, being strategically located on the way to India and China. It has been named after darkness because of the crowded stalls and lanes where the sunrays do not infiltrate during the day and the shoppers need lamps to know their destinations. 

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/oman/muscat/attractions/mutrah-souq/a/poi-sig/451865/361117

 

 

Qurum Beach – This beach lies in the AlQurm Area in the heart of Muscat and extends over a large area. A number of large hotel chains are built next to it, such as Hotel Muscat InterContinental and Crowne Plaza. This beach is considered one of the busiest in Muscat due to its location near shopping centers and restaurants. Walking enthusiasts can enjoy the boardwalk along the beach and then rest on the numerous chairs and umbrellas that dot the beach.

https://www.bigbustours.com/en/muscat/muscat-landmarks-qurum-beach/

 

 

INTERNET

Free WiFI is widely available in all coffee shops, restaurants, malls, etc. But you need a local sim card for that since you will need to receive a code by SMS to log in. You had no option to choose different numbers than a local Omani phone number.

 

SECURITY

Most visits to Oman are trouble-free.

You should maintain a high level of security awareness and take care in public places and on the roads. Avoid large crowds and demonstrations.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/oman

 

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