The 15th Meeting of the Arab Regulators Network (AREGNET) will be held under the umbrella of its Permanent Secretariat and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in the period from 18 to 20 September 2017.
The meeting is preceded by a specialized workshop on the challenges and opportunities arising from the increasing usage of IoT applications and the position of the Arab region in this regard. NTRA is currently chairing two of the Network's projects: "Enhancing Broadband Services" and the "Impacts of OTT Services".
The event will be preceded by the experts' preparatory meeting on the evaluation of the current projects of the regulatory bodies in Egypt, Mauritania, Morocco, Jordan, the UAE and Bahrain. In addition, the new projects will be discussed in addition to a high-level meeting that will bring together the heads of the Arab regulatory bodies, then the new developments in the International Telecom Unit (ITU). In addition, an extensive meeting will be held on the second day, bringing together the executives and heads of regulatory bodies and accompanying delegations as the basic rules will be reviewed and experts' recommendations on the current and new projects will be discussed, in addition to the workshop's outcomes. This meeting will set the date and venue of AREGNET's 16th meeting.
AREGNET is one of the prominent Arab entities in the ICT sector established under the umbrella of the League of Arab States on the occasion of the first seminar of the Telecom Regulators in the Arab Region held that was held in Algeria in 2003 as it embraced all telecom regulators in the Arab region. It aims primarily to provide an Arab platform for dialogue and exchange of expertise among the Arab bodies, attaining harmonization of regulatory policies in order to achieve synchronization in the regulatory practices within the Arab countries on the developed policies, and the fair and transparent procedures in order to encourage the development and modernization of telecom and information technology services in the Arab world, as well as the deploy the digital and electronic knowledge in the Arab world.
The National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has distributed and circulated the results of the study conducted on the enhancement of broadband services in the Arab region, which provided a detailed portrait of these services in practice in this region and the challenges and ambitions associated with them. It is intended that, during the discussions, the viewpoints of the member states will be determined and any feedback or remarks on the report will be submitted.