Innovative Connectivity Solutions – Regulatory Opportunities and Challenges

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Nearly half of the world still lacks connectivity, but innovative access solutions are proving to be successful in addressing this issue.

The increased reliance on the Internet during periods of lockdown and confinement resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the need to ensure that everyone can use the Internet. The Middle East and North African (MENA) region have experienced impressive growth in the availability and adoption of the Internet in recent years, with a number of the Gulf States at the global forefront of new fiber broadband networks and 5G mobile networks along with near universal adoption of the Internet.

However, other countries in the region are lagging further behind. As a result, as of 2019, average Internet adoption in the region was at 55%. While this is slightly ahead of the global average, a significant challenge is that the growth rate is steadily falling.

To tackle these issues, the Internet Society will participate at the Arab Forum on Digital Cooperation and Development (AFDCD 2021) and contribute to cutting-edge discussions on innovative connectivity solutions in the Middle East and North Africa. This high-level meeting aims to highlight the need for innovative ways for connectivity in Middle East and North Africa and the beneficial policies that can create an enabling environment for them.

Session 1: 15 December, 8:00 – 9:30 UTC
Innovative Community Solutions – Regulatory Opportunities and Challenges

Session 2: 15 December, 10:00 UTC 
Meaningful Access and Inclusiveness (AFDCD 2021 plenary session)

Session 3: 15 December, 14:00 – 15:30 UTC
Innovative Community Solutions – Regulatory Opportunities and Challenges

Registration details coming soon.

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Date and Time

Wednesday 15 December 2021

Location

Online

Speaker

Nermine El Saadany

Regional Vice President - Middle East

Nermine El Saadany joined the Internet Society in August 2018 and now serves as Regional Vice President for the Middle East. Nermine comes to us from the Government of Egypt… Read more

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