The Middle East and Africa's first ever major IPTV event, the IPTV World Forum Middle East and Africa
, is attracting record levels of interest due to the continued broadband expansion in the Middle East and Africa - subscriber figures are up by nine per cent in the last quarter alone to over seven million.
The show is being held at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai and will run from 5th to 6th November 2007. Already confirmed as key speakers at the conference, which will cover issues from the current state of the market and business opportunities to the technologies required to successfully deploy IPTV, are Tamouh Khauli, CEO & VP of Jordan Telecom; Tariq Habib, Head of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships at Etisalat, UAE; Khaled Taha, Director of Technology at Al Jazeera Network; Sarat Lallah, CEO of Mauritius Telecom; Marc-Antoine d'Halluin, President and CEO of Showtime Arabia, UAE and Khireddine Slimane, General Manager, Algérie Telecom, Miltos Vidalis, Director Content, Portal and Devices, Du Consumer Devision, Samir M Abdulhadi, President and CEO, Orbit Communications and Ted Hsiung, Head of Business Develpoment, International Projects, PCCW.
"It is estimated that the pay TV market will grow by 36 per cent over the next five years in the Middle East and Africa and as such IPTV, as a viable pay tv option, is high on the agenda for operators in the region," explains Ian Johnson, Managing Director of organisers Junction Ltd.
"This inaugural IPTV World Forum Middle East and Africa will, we hope, encourage discussion and debate on the current state of the IPTV market and opportunities for the future."
Running parallel to the conference is a free exhibition previewing the latest technology from some of the industries leading companies, including Harris, TANDBERG Television and Verimatrix.
The early booking discount for the conference ends on the 29th September and delegates can register online at www.iptv-mea.com