Scientific forum to exchange telecom sector experiences [Kuwait Times]
(Kuwait Times Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Naser Al-Kanderi (left) receiving the award during the forum. KUWAIT: Telecommunication companies and Internet providers met yesterday at the Second Kuwait Communication Forum at the JW Marriot Hotel organised by the Ministry of Communication. They discussed future plans and services in addition to obstacles they face. "From here comes the importance of holding a scientific forum to exchange experiences with the private sector and set the solutions and recommendations to develop this sector. A few years ago, the ministry launched mega infrastructure projects that will change the present spectrum and turn it to 4G completely," said Nasser Al-Kandari, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Communication. During the past few years, the telecommunication sector has rapidly developed. "We organized the frequency equality between telecommunication companies. As the first step, we organized the license market of the Internet and charges for Internet and international calls. Furthermore, we connected the network of the ministry with numerous international land and sea cables, which provides stability to calls and the Internet," he added. "We plan to set up an authority for telecommunication and IT this year. We realize the importance of this sector, on which all other sectors depend on for transferring information and communication technology. We hope that this forum will come up with recommendations that will develop the sector in particular and the country in general," concluded Kandari. Anas Mirza, General Manager of National Technology Enterprises Company (NTEC), spoke about the company's experience and challenge to transfer subscribers from one company to another. "76,000 users have shifted to other mobile telecommunication companies in the seven months since the beginning of this project (number portability) in 2013. This figure equals to about 10,000 users monthly out of 4 million subscribers of all companies. The international percentage of this transfer is about 2 percent per year and we achieved this number within 7 months only. This project took us 1,000 work hours, and is still ongoing. We haven't faced any obstacles and we have a helpdesk working 24/7," he pointed out. According to him, the number portabilityproject has many advantages. "It's a vital project for users. It maintains competition in the market between the companies, which have provided various services and decreased prices. This project eliminates monopoly and is in favor of the consumer. We are proud of this project," stressed Mirza. Munthir Al-Omani, Head of the Technology Sector at Zain, promised users up-to-date services on an international level. "We are currently working on establishing data centers in Kuwait. As mobile telecommunication is fully saturated, companies are focusing on value added services such as broadband connectivity, and we are planning initiatives that will be made public soon," he noted. He also highlighted some of the problems they face in this sector. "We face various obstacles, especially with the infrastructure as we are ahead of the ministry. We also face problems with licenses from the ministry and when dividing frequencies. We demand more facilities and follow-up by the Ministry of these demands," Omani added. By Nawara Fattahova
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