Events and Webinars

In this section you can access a variety of information on events and webinars relating to the Network 2020 programme. To navigate to events or webinars, select the 'Calendar' button and use the month arrow keys to navigate back and forth to the relevant month (past, present and future) to find the event or webinar that you are interested in discovering more on.

September 24, 2014

IPX Summit

IP Exchange or IPX, promoted by the GSMA as the best way to interconnect all IP-based service providers globally, is finally gaining industry traction, but what does it mean for your business?

Organised by publisher Total Telecom in association with research and consultancy Hot Telecom, the IPX Summit is the first ever conference to focus exclusively on the opportunities and challenges posed by the technology for both service providers and their customers today and will take place in London on  the 24 and 25 September 2014.

Thursday 25 September 10:10 – 10:50

The Future in IP and IPX: Possible Innovations
Speaker: Dan Warren, Senior Director of Technology, GSMA

Click here to view speaker bio

Click here for more detailed information on the IPX Summit 2014


Start: September 24, 2014
End: September 25, 2014
Venue: TBA
London, United Kingdom

October 6, 2014

LTE Voice Summit

The LTE Voice Summit 2014 offers an extensive, in-depth and a highly researched agenda covering the latest developments in VoLTE networks followed by new operator case studies from voLTE trials and deployments, in addition to evaluating such networks to ensure optimum revenues are generated.

Speaker:  Philippe Lucas, SVP Standardisation and Ecosystems Development, Orange


Start: October 6, 2014
End: October 8, 2014
Venue: Royal Garden Hotel
London, W8 4PT, United Kingdom

October 13, 2014

Mobile 360 Series – Middle East

The countries within the Middle East are characterised by significant economic and social differences. While all 15 mobile network operators in the countries of the Gulf Co-operation Council are on track to have commercially launched 4G-LTE by the end of this year, a number of markets in the region still lag behind the global average in terms of 3G penetration.

Mobile is a transformative technology that has already had a significant impact upon the Arab States. Now, as the UAE and other countries in the region begin to pursue ambitious smart city initiatives and mobile broadband connections continue to increase, the role that mobile will play in connecting communities will only become more important.

Main Attractions

The GSMA’s one- to two-day conference has a specific focus on regional issues or current industry topics. Each event offers senior executives in mobile and adjacent industries – as well as regulatory and government representatives – the opportunity to learn of industry developments, network with peers, and discuss key regional or topical issues.   The two sessions below are more pertinent to the Network 2020 programme:

Conference Agenda – Day 2

09:15 – 10:30      Keynote 1: Strategies for New Mobile Revenue Growth
According to Cisco, mobile data traffic in the Middle East and Africa grew 107 percent in 2013, well above the global growth rate of 81 percent. The Middle East and Africa is expected have the highest average annual growth in mobile data traffic, at 70 percent per year between 2013 and 2018. Despite this impressive growth in data traffic, revenue growth is expected to slow significantly in most markets.

In order to keep pace with demand, improve customer experience and develop new revenue streams, operators must carefully evolve their business strategies and look to opportunities for innovation. This session will explore strategies to improve the customer experience, adapt to new value chains, create new digital services and develop appropriate business models. How can we as an industry ensure the entire digital eco-system from networks to devices and content are optimized for mobile delivery? How can trends like digital identity and trust management unlock innovative and profitable services for mobile operators? Where are the opportunities for growth into adjacent industries and how can operators collaborate with other ecosystem players to accelerate revenue growth? Finally, how should operators prioritise their innovation investments i.e. network innovation versus digital services?

11:00 – 12:15 Monetising LTE and Profiting from a Transition Towards All IP
With all 15 mobile network operators in the countries of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) on track to have commercially launched 4G-LTE by the end of 2014, the prospect of brand new services and faster connectivity is exciting for both mobile operators and their customers. Indeed, mobile operators in many markets within this region can take advantage of the favourable combination of low levels of fixed-line connections and high smartphone penetration, which offers great promise for mobile broadband uptake. Yet, although the networks may be ready and usage is increasing, LTE penetration still remains comparatively low in the Middle East. Moreover, as internet-based communications become a viable alternative for customers, mobile operators face potential disintermediation from the mobile voice and messaging value chain. This is arguably the one of the greatest challenges facing the telecoms industry. This session will reveal what operators are doing to monetise their networks and package and differentiate their services in a way that will communicate their true value, moving beyond the basic proposition of faster connectivity in the transition towards an all IP environment.

More information coming soon.

Call for Papers

Our conference team have initiated the call for papers process, an important step in their research and agenda development. They are always keen to hear from companies and individuals who would like to speak at GSMA events. Please submit your speaking proposal below for Mobile 360 Series – Middle East.

Call for Papers close on the 31st of July.



Start: October 13, 2014
End: October 14, 2014
Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre
2nd Zaabel Road, Dubai , United Arab Emirates


The largest and most qualified event of ICT in Latin America.  The purpose of Futurecom is to gather Market Forces and offer to Companies and Professional participants a stimulating environment for Business Development and Networking.


Main attractions of Futurecom

International Congress
More details to follow soon.

Business Trade Show
Visit the GSMA Pavilion, stand J20 to meet with our Network 2020 Programme subject matter experts and learn more about the business rationale of the IP Communication Services project and gain insight into the momentum of Interconnect across the industry.

Start: October 13, 2014
End: October 16, 2014
Venue: Transamerica Expo Centre
Av. Dr. Mario Villas Boas Rodrigues , Sao Paulo, Brazil

October 28, 2014

7th Annual Rich Communications 2014

For its seventh annual appearance, this event will showcase the latest real-life deployments of RCS and promote the dialogue needed to accelerate time-to-market of new deployments, overcome future challenges and increase industry success stories. This year we aim to show dedicated case studies on RCS/WebRTC services currently operating and launches planned in the near future.

Main Attractions

Day 1

08:50 – 09:00    Chair’s Welcome
Speaker:            Kobus Smit, Head of Voice and Messaging Products, Deutsche Telekom

Day 2

09.20 – 09:50   Panel Discussion - LTE pick up – The story of RCS releases on the back of recent VoLTE launches

Time may have run out for traditional joyn branded RCS but the release of VoLTE has pushed RCS as a new standard of interoperability between carriers. Can an all-IP network package with RCS lashed on be the eventual saving grace.
Speaker:        David O’Byrne, IP Communications Project Director, GSMA


11.50 – 12:15   Presentation – RCS 5 – The next step in the journey to an all IP network

- VoLTE and RCS and the natural evolution
- Leveraging the LTE network
- Services evolution and direct rollout strategies
Speaker:         David O’Byrne, IP Communications Project Director, GSMA



Start: October 28, 2014
End: October 29, 2014
Venue: Maritim proArte Hotel
Berlin, Germany

December 8, 2014

Mobile 360 Series – Europe

Across the European Union, access to mobile broadband is improving citizens’ lives and business productivity by providing access to information and services in real time with nearly ubiquitous coverage. The next wave of mobility will be in services connecting us intelligently to the communities and cities we live in, and will be a key enabler for growth and innovation in all industry sectors.

This event will explore examples of innovation in connected cities and communities within and beyond the EU, and will ask how smart public policy can maximise the potential of mobile networks, technologies and services to further contribute to their development.

While all mobile-focused organisations throughout Europe are welcome to join us in Brussels, we strongly encourage the following to attend:

  • Senior-level mobile network operators
  • City government officials
  • Public Policy Officials
  • Infrastructure Vendors
  • Communications and regulatory agency representatives
  • Representatives of Associations, Foundations and NGOs
  • Handset and Device manufacturers
  • Consultants
  • Industry Analysts

 A more detailed events agenda will be available soon.




Date: December 8, 2014
Venue: Albert Hall Complex
651 Chaussée de Wavre, Etterbeek, Belgium

March 2, 2015

Mobile World Congress 2015

Mobile World Congress 2015 will take place 2-5 March 2015. The event will once again take place at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain.

Call for Papers 

The call for papers process is an important step in our GSMA conference teams research and the development of the agenda.  They have provided a list of potential topics below and you will be given an opportunity to nominate additional topics when you submit the form.

Topics will include:
• 5G
• Advertising/Marketing
• Applications
• Connected Living
• Health
• Joint Ventures/M&A/Partnerships
• Location Based Services
• Media & Entertainment
• Money
• Security
• Social Media
• Venture Capital in Mobile

In 2015, the Mobile World Congress will continue to feature a world-class thought leadership conference programme with over 42 sessions covering the most critical topics in the present and future mobile industry.


Click here to submit your entry.



Start: March 2, 2015
End: March 5, 2015
Venue: Fira Barcelona Gran Via
Avinguda de Joan Carles I, 64, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
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