WCIT Consequences

Posted on 21st December 2012

The conduct and conclusion of the World Conference on International Telecommunications changes the international regulatory environment. Read our views on the consequences of WCIT 2012.

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What to say about the Treaty on the ITRs: Crib Notes

Posted on 28th September 2012

Look past the panic over December’s World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT); it’s unlikely to be a catastrophe for several practical reasons.

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World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF) – Client information note

Posted on 20th August 2012

The current working document of the upcoming WTPF (14-16 May 2013), the Secretary General’s Report, calls into question the effectiveness of the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance, opens the door to an expanded role for the ITU in developing Internet policy, and treats a number of other issues that, if opened for broad review, could hamper growth in Internet services and content.

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First UAE Telecommunications Advisory Group

Posted on 1st November 2011

Access Partnership is exceptionally proud of its Abu Dhabi office and its director, Zeina Mokaddem, for assembling the first telecommunications industry advisory group in the UAE. Recognition from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), which has set a standard of excellence among regulators across the region, is well matched to our ambitions for this market. Our thanks to the TRA for their hard work, and their kind recognition of ours.

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Access Partnership Acquires Sallstrom Consulting

Posted on 19th September 2011

Access Partnership, a global firm assisting ICT companies in gaining unprecedented access to new markets, today announced the acquisition of Sallstrom Consulting. The combined entity delivers highly skilled staff with significant local reach, whose clients include governments, multinationals, non-governmental organizations, and niche technology firms – including nearly a dozen Fortune 100 companies.

Laura Sallstrom, now Access Partnership’s Director of North America and Asia Pacific, brings to the firm a wealth of experience supporting the technology industry across more than 65 countries. With offices in London, Abu Dhabi, and Washington, DC, the firm now provides a one-stop shop focused on increasing market share and shaping pro-business policies to govern the converging telecommunications and information technology sectors. Access Partnership’s practice areas include: market access for terrestrial and space-based broadband services, Internet governance, intellectual property protection, technology standards, and international trade.

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Market Access Challenges

Posted on 30th May 2011

Since 1999, Access Partnership has been helping some of the world’s leading telecommunications companies, investment groups and government agencies to gain access to new markets, obtain valuable spectrum and introduce new services and organisations into previously underserved markets. Helen Jameson speaks to Zeina Mokaddem, Director of the Abu Dhabi office, about regulatory challenges, dialogue between governments and operators, licence fees and so-called ‘paper satellites’.

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Middle East Growth Underpinned by Government Support

Posted on 1st April 2010

The growth of the Middle Eastern telecommunications sector over the last 10 years has been no accident. Early trails into Africa, Asia and then Europe blazed by Orascom, Wataniya were followed by Etisalat and others. Zain may recently have seen fit to withdraw into its Middle Eastern Heartland with the sale of its African unit – at a substantial multiple of the price it paid – but this is an exception, and the Middle East’s network operators continue to have a strong and growing presence in Africa, Asia and Europe. But while business cases and balance sheets will generally drive commercial ventures, the success of the Middle Eastern operators has been supported by another important pillar: sustained government support.

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