Category Archives: Press Release

CHOICE, QUALITY, INNOVATION AND INVESTMENT IN AN OPEN INTERNET

January 27, 2015

Brussels – The Open Internet is critical to the development of society as a whole. The European electronic communications industry is at the forefront of its development and invests heavily in quality networks and services, in the context of highly …

GSMA ANNOUNCES NEW KEYNOTE SPEAKERS FOR MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2015

Leaders from AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Dialog Axiata, KT, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone to Take the Stage in Barcelona London: The GSMA today announced that more than a dozen CEOs and executives from across the mobile ecosystem as well …

GSMA INNOVATION CITY TO SHOWCASE THE IMPACT OF MOBILE AT MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2015

January 22, 2015

Interactive Exhibits from AT&T, Jasper, KT, Oral-B, Sierra Wireless and Vodafone to Demonstrate How Mobile Technology Improves Everyday Lives of Billions   Barcelona: The GSMA will open the doors to the GSMA Innovation City at Mobile World Congress with an …

GSMA WARNS OF CONSEQUENCES OF HIGH RESERVE PRICES IN INDIA’S FORTHCOMING SPECTRUM AUCTION

London: Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA, offered the following statement on the Telecom Commission’s decision to increase reserve prices for India’s upcoming 2100MHz spectrum auction: “The GSMA is concerned by the action of the Telecom Commission to increase reserve …

GSMA ELECTS NEW BOARD MEMBERS AND RE-ELECTS JON FREDRIK BAKSAAS AS CHAIR

December 11, 2014

GSMA ELECTS NEW BOARD MEMBERS AND RE-ELECTS JON FREDRIK BAKSAAS AS CHAIR GSMA Names 26-Member Board to Serve from January 2015 through December 2016 London: The GSMA today announced that it has elected new members of the GSMA Board for …

GSMA STATEMENT ON THE INTERCEPT ARTICLE

December 8, 2014

“How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide” London: The GSMA provided the following statement addressing a recent article appearing in The Intercept. “The GSMA is aware of the recent article in The Intercept entitled “How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide”. …

NEW GSMA REPORT HIGHLIGHTS BENEFITS OF MOBILE MERGERS

Consolidation Can Boost Investment in Next-Generation Infrastructure and Deliver Long-Term Consumer Gains Brussels – More focus on investment incentives, less reliance on existing pricing analysis and careful consideration of remedies are essential when assessing mobile mergers, according to a new …

GSMA PUBLISHES NEW REPORT OUTLINING 5G FUTURE

Study Explores Technical Requirements, Use Cases and Implications for Ecosystem Brussels: The GSMA has released a major new report at the GSMA Mobile 360-Europe event being held in Brussels today, outlining its perspectives on the development of 5G. The new …

NEW GSMA STUDY SEES 4G UNDERPINNING EUROPE’S MOBILE RECOVERY

More Than Half of European Mobile Connections Running 4G by 2020; Industry Contributing to European Economic Recovery and Digital Future as Network Investments Accelerate Brussels: Europe’s rapid migration to 4G services and devices is helping to stimulate a recovery in …

GSMA ANNOUNCES NEW KEYNOTE SPEAKERS FOR MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2015

December 3, 2014

Executives from ARM, Ericsson, Micromax, Qualcomm and SAP Added to 2015 Keynote Programme; Registration for 2015 Mobile World Congress Is Now Open London: The GSMA today announced that executives from ARM, Ericsson, Micromax, Qualcomm Incorporated and SAP will be delivering …

DIGITAL SWITCHOVER SIGNALS GROWTH FOR KENYA, SAYS GSMA

December 2, 2014

London: Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA, offered the following statement regarding confirmation of the schedule for migrating from analogue to digital terrestrial television in Kenya: “The GSMA congratulates the Government of Kenya and the Communications Authority of Kenya on …

GSMA CALLS FOR REFORM OF TELECOMS REGULATION TO SPUR VITAL GROWTH IN EUROPE

November 27, 2014

Brussels: Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA, offered the following statement regarding the Telecoms Ministers’ meeting on the Telecoms Single Market package in Brussels today: “Today’s rejection by the Council of Ministers of large sections of the Telecoms Single Market …

GSMA RESPONDS TO UK GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSALS ON NATIONAL ROAMING

London: Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA, offered the following statement in response to the UK Government’s consultation “Tackling Partial Not-Spots in Mobile Phone Coverage”: “The GSMA believes there are alternative solutions for tackling the issue of partial not-spots in …

NEW GSMA STUDY HIGHLIGHTS MOBILE BROADBAND AND SMARTPHONE MOMENTUM IN LATIN AMERICA

November 25, 2014

Latin America Operators to Invest a Further US$193B to Support Mobile Data Demand; Mobile Industry Accounted for 4.1 Per Cent of Regional GDP in 2013 Quito, Ecuador: The mobile markets of Latin America are seeing accelerating smartphone adoption and a …

AN OPEN LETTER TO MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD – SPECTRUM SHORTAGE THREATENS “DIGITAL INDIA” VISION

November 24, 2014

An open letter Honourable Minister, Mobile technology is the primary means of communications for many of India’s citizens and mobile broadband is expected to be critical in bridging the digital divide for those who are yet to be connected. The …

GSMA JOINS FORCES WITH CHILD HELPLINE INTERNATIONAL TO PROMOTE CHILD PROTECTION WORLDWIDE

November 20, 2014

London: The GSMA has marked the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)1 by forming a partnership with Child Helpline International (CHI) to protect young people and safeguard their right to be heard. …

GSMA LAUNCHES MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS SHANGHAI 2015

GSMA Rebrands Asia Event Under Mobile World Congress Banner, Providing Leading Global Showcase for Industry Players, Enterprises, Brands and Tech-Savvy Consumers Shanghai: The GSMA today announced the first details of the 2015 Mobile World Congress Shanghai, which will be held …

NEW STUDY FINDS MORE SPECTRUM FOR MOBILE BROADBAND IS VITAL TO BOOST ECONOMIC GROWTH IN ASIA PACIFIC

November 19, 2014

London – Increased broadband connections in Asia Pacific will generate US $1.2 trillion of GDP growth and create up to 35 million new jobs by 20201, according to a new report from the GSMA, “Today, Tomorrow and the Future – …

GSMA Open Letter to President Obama on Net Neutrality

November 14, 2014

An open letter The President The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President, We, the network operators, remain strong advocates of an open Internet. In recent years, we have made enormous investments to build the …

HALF OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION CONNECTED TO THE MOBILE INTERNET BY 2020, ACCORDING TO NEW GSMA FIGURES

November 6, 2014

An Additional 1.6 Billion Mobile Internet Subscribers Forecast by 2020; GSMA Publishes Digital Inclusion Report Highlighting Efforts to Connect ‘Offline’ Populations Cape Town: Half of the world’s population will be using mobile devices to access the internet by 2020, according …

GSMA INTRODUCES CODE OF CONDUCT FOR MOBILE MONEY PROVIDERS

Airtel, Avea, Axiata, Etisalat, Millicom, MTN, Ooredoo, Orange, Telenor, Vodafone and Zain Are First to Sign Up to New Code Cape Town: The GSMA today launched a Code of Conduct for Mobile Money Providers, outlining a series of common business …

NEW GSMA REPORT FORECASTS HALF A BILLION MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA BY 2020

Almost Half Of Citizens In World’s Fastest-Growing Mobile Region Forecast To Be Mobile Subscribers By 2020; Mobile Industry Contributing 5.4 Per Cent To Regional GDP   Cape Town: The number of unique mobile subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa will pass the half …

ITU, GSMA AND INTERNET SOCIETY UNITE IN FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA

November 4, 2014

Busan, South Korea: At the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the GSMA and the Internet Society (ISOC), announced that they are joining forces to fight against Ebola. The three organizations will bring together the global …

GSMA LAUNCHES CONSUMER PROTECTION CAMPAIGNS WITH GOVERNMENTS AND OPERATORS IN COSTA RICA AND EL SALVADOR

October 30, 2014

GSMA Expands Reach and Scope of “We Care” Programme in Latin America London: The GSMA today announced that it has launched a series of initiatives designed to protect mobile users in Costa Rica and El Salvador, working in collaboration with …

GSMA INTRODUCES TWO SPECIAL AWARDS FOR 2015 GLOBAL MOBILE AWARDS

October 27, 2014

“Young Mobile Innovator of the Year” and “Connected Women: Leadership in Industry” Awards Created to Mark Global Mobile Awards 20th Anniversary London: The GSMA today introduced two special awards that have been developed to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the …

GSMA SUPPORTS TRAI RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INDIA’S FORTHCOMING SPECTRUM AUCTION

October 21, 2014

London: Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA, offered the following statement regarding the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) recommendations on India’s upcoming spectrum auction: “Next year’s spectrum auction is particularly crucial for India’s mobile industry and, if handled badly, …

GSMA PROVIDES NEW DETAILS FOR MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2015

Leaders from AVG, BBVA, Mozilla, Peel, TAPTAP Networks, Thinfilm and Wikipedia Confirmed to Keynote; AT&T, Jasper, KT, Oral-B, Sierra Wireless and Vodafone to Exhibit in GSMA Innovation City London: The GSMA today provided updates on the 2015 GSMA Mobile World …

GSMA ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS AT MOBILE 360-AFRICA

October 15, 2014

First GSMA Connected Women Africa Conference Launched; MTN Announced as Mobile 360-Africa Platinum Sponsor London: The GSMA today provided further details on the Mobile 360 Series-Africa conference, which will take place 5-7 November at the Clock Tower Conference Centre in …

GSMA AND THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS REGULATORY AUTHORITY OF THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES TO ESTABLISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

October 14, 2014

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) today announced a ground-breaking partnership to establish a Centre of Excellence for Mobile Telecommunications Policy and Regulation.

MOBILE IDENTITY UNLOCKS DIGITAL SERVICE DELIVERY FOR GOVERNMENTS GLOBALLY

October 13, 2014

New report from the GSMA and Secure Identity Alliance outlines the growing value of mobile identity for governments looking to deliver inclusive access to digital services, protect citizens online and drive economic growth National eID & ePassport Conference, Budapest, 13 …

NEW GSMA STUDY REVEALS OVER HALF OF CITIZENS IN THE ARAB STATES NOW SUBSCRIBE TO MOBILE NETWORKS

Mobile Industry in the Arab States Growing Faster Than Global Average; Industry Contributes 4.4 Per Cent to Regional GDP and Directly Supports One Million Jobs Dubai: More than half of the population across the Arab States of the Middle East …

GSMA ANNOUNCES DEVICE AND APPLICATION CONNECTIVITY EFFICIENCY GUIDELINES TO ACCELERATE THE INTERNET OF THINGS

Global Operators Agree New Guidelines to Define How Internet of Things (IoT) Devices and Applications Should Connect to a Mobile Network, Ensuring Optimal Performance and Aiding Growth of IoT London:The GSMA today announced the publication of guidelines for the Internet …

MOBILE INDUSTRY EMBRACES GSMA EMBEDDED SIM SPECIFICATION TO ACCELERATE GROWTH OF INTERNET OF THINGS

Leading Mobile Operators, SIM Vendors and Module Manufacturers Deploy Solutions Compliant with GSMA Embedded SIM; New Research Indicates that Deployment Will Grow M2M Market by 34 Per Cent by 2020 13 October 2014, Dubai:At the Mobile 360 Series-Middle East conference …

GSMA REPORT HIGHLIGHTS KEY ROLE OF MOBILE BROADBAND IN EGYPT

October 2, 2014

With the Right Incentives, Investment in Mobile Broadband Could Boost GDP by EGP 310 billion (US $43 billion) and Create 1.2 Million New Jobs London: At a roundtable of industry and government leaders this week in Cairo, attended by H.E. …

GSMA ANNOUNCES SENIOR EXECUTIVES FROM AVEA, DU, MOBILY AND ZAIN GROUP TO SPEAK AT MOBILE 360 SERIES-MIDDLE EAST

September 29, 2014

London: The GSMA today announced the addition of several executive-level speakers for the Mobile 360 Series-Middle East conference programme from organisations including Avea, Du, Mobily, Ooredoo Group and Zain Group amongst many others. Mobile 360-Middle East will take place on …

GSMA ANNOUNCES CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE COMMITMENT FOR GSMA CONNECTED WOMEN PROGRAMME

September 24, 2014

GSMA to Undertake Ground-breaking Research to Accelerate the Female Digital Economy London: The GSMA today announced its Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, Connected Women: Accelerating the Female Mobile Economy, at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York …

GSMA CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF GLOBAL MOBILE AWARDS

September 23, 2014

2015 Awards, Spanning Eight Categories and 40 Awards, Are Now Open for Entry London: The GSMA today announced that the Global Mobile Awards 2015 are now open for entry. The 2015 awards, which mark 20 years of honouring excellence, achievement …

NEW GSMA REPORT SEES NORTH AMERICA LEADING MOBILE INVESTMENT AND INNOVATION IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD

September 22, 2014

North American Mobile Operators and Consumers Reaping The Benefits of 4G Investment; Mobile Industry Contributing Three Per Cent to Regional GDP Atlanta: The North American mobile market is one of the most advanced and successful in the world, according to …

UNITED STATES DRIVING GLOBAL INNOVATION IN M2M WITH 41 MILLION CONNECTIONS THIS YEAR, FINDS NEW GSMA REPORT

M2M Represents 10 Per Cent of All Mobile Connections in the US, Driven by Huge Growth in the Automotive and Utilities Sectors; US Accounts for 19 Per Cent of All M2M Connections Worldwide Atlanta:The United States is one of the …

NEW GSMA STUDY HIGHLIGHTS MAJOR M2M MARKET OPPORTUNITY

At Least One Billion M2M Connections Expected By 2020; Two Billion Milestone Achievable If Market Accelerators Are Successfully Deployed Atlanta: Cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communications will account for at least 10 per cent of the global mobile market by 2020, according …

GSMA REPORT FAVOURS COMPETITION OVER SINGLE WHOLESALE NETWORKS

September 17, 2014

Competing Mobile Networks Drive Greater Innovation and Investment London: The GSMA today released a new report that predicts a move away from traditional mobile network competition towards single wholesale networks1 would stifle innovation, restrict investment and take-up of mobile broadband …

SMARTPHONES TO ACCOUNT FOR TWO THIRDS OF WORLD’S MOBILE MARKET BY 2020 SAYS NEW GSMA INTELLIGENCE STUDY

September 11, 2014

Smartphone Connections to Reach Six Billion by 2020, Fuelled by Growth in the Developing World and Supported by Mobile Broadband Rollout London: Smartphones will account for two out of every three mobile connections globally by 2020, according to a major …

GSMA LAUNCHES MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2015

September 10, 2014

2015 Event Expected to Attract More Than 86,000 Attendees and 1,900 Exhibitors; Mobile World Congress Celebrates Ten Years in Barcelona London: The GSMA today outlined the first details of the 2015 GSMA Mobile World Congress, including exhibiting and sponsoring companies, …

GSMA APPOINTS LOUISE EASTERBROOK CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

September 9, 2014

London: The GSMA today announced the appointment of Louise Easterbrook as Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Ms. Easterbrook, née Breen, will be responsible for overseeing the business and financial performance of the GSMA, leading the company’s finance and legal …

GSMA CALLS ON THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO ADOPT A LONG-TERM VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF THE UHF SPECTRUM

September 1, 2014

Spectrum Policy Must Encourage Investment in World-Leading Mobile Networks London: Anne Bouverot, Director General, GSMA commented on today’s release of a report to the European Commission on the future use of the UHF spectrum band (470-790MHz). Pascal Lamy, President of …

GSMA CALLS FOR RE-EVALUATION AND REDUCTION OF MOBILE-SPECIFIC TAXATION ACROSS SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

400 Million USD of Sub-Saharan Africa’s Universal Service Funds Have Yet to be Dispersed; Surtax on International Incoming Traffic Found to Distort Price Competition and Negatively Impact Businesses and Consumers London: The GSMA today called upon governments in Sub-Saharan Africa …

GSMA ANNOUNCES FIRST SPEAKERS FOR MOBILE 360 SERIES-AFRICA

August 26, 2014

Mobile 360-Africa Registration Now Open London: The GSMA today announced the first keynote speakers for the Mobile 360 Series-Africa conference, including executives from organisations such as the Alliance for Affordable Internet, Econet Zimbabwe, Facebook, inVenture, Lumos, MTN Group, Opera Software, …

GSMA COLLABORATES WITH UNICEF ON CHILD ONLINE PROTECTION IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

August 21, 2014

Mobile Operators Commit to Support and Promote Children´s Rights London – The GSMA today announced its collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to promote industry guidelines to safeguard children online1 in Latin America and the Caribbean. The GSMA …

GSMA ANNOUNCES STRONG SPEAKER LINE-UP FOR MOBILE 360 SERIES-MIDDLE EAST

August 4, 2014

Etisalat, Ooredoo, STC and Huawei Sign Up As Main Sponsors London: The GSMA today announced the first keynote speakers for the Mobile 360 Series-Middle East conference taking place on the 13-14 October in Dubai. The GSMA also announced a number …

GSMA WELCOMES OUTCOME OF ITU MEETING TO SUPPORT NEW SPECTRUM BANDS FOR MOBILE BROADBAND

August 1, 2014

London: Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA, offered the following statement regarding the outcome of the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Joint Task Group meeting in Geneva: “At a critical ITU meeting in Geneva yesterday, governments across the globe agreed to …

GSMA ANNOUNCES FIRST SPEAKERS FOR MOBILE 360 SERIES-NORTH AMERICA

July 30, 2014

AT&T Joins as Platinum Sponsor for Inaugural Event; Third Annual Global GSMA Connected Women Conference to Be Held in Conjunction with Mobile 360-North America London: The GSMA today announced the first keynote speakers for the Mobile 360 Series-North America conference, …

GSMA WORKS WITH MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT OF MOBILE SECTOR IN MYANMAR

July 16, 2014

Myanmar: The GSMA today reinforced its commitment to support Myanmar’s burgeoning mobile sector by hosting a workshop with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) on “Mobile Communications as an Agent of Inclusion and Change”. This is the third …

GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS ACHIEVES CARBON NEUTRAL CERTIFICATION

July 10, 2014

Barcelona: The GSMA today announced that the 2014 Mobile World Congress has officially been certified as carbon neutral, making it the world’s largest conference and exhibition to have achieved this important designation. AENOR (Asociación Española de Normalización y Certificación) has …

TELECOMS OPERATORS CALL FOR FRESH AND PROGRESSIVE ICT PUBLIC POLICY TO BOOST ECONOMY, JOBS AND SOCIAL WELFARE IN EUROPE

July 9, 2014

TELECOMS OPERATORS CALL FOR FRESH AND PROGRESSIVE ICT PUBLIC POLICY TO BOOST ECONOMY, JOBS AND SOCIAL WELFARE IN EUROPE 9 July 2014, Venice: At this week’s Digital Venice 2014, the GSMA and leading European telecoms operators presented a statement to …

GSMA COMMENTS ON EU DECISION TO APPROVE TELEFÓNICA/E-PLUS MERGER

July 2, 2014

London: Following today’s decision by the European Union’s antitrust authorities to clear the merger of Telefónica with E-Plus in Germany, Anne Bouverot, Director General, GSMA comments: “Consolidation will benefit EU consumers and businesses and it is important that EU competition …

GSMA ANNOUNCES MHEALTH PARTNERSHIP ACROSS SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

June 30, 2014

Inter-Industry Partnership to Connect Mobile and Health Industries, With a Focus on Maternal and Child Health in a Region With Over 15 Million Pregnant Woman Johannesburg: The GSMA today announced that its Mobile for Development mHealth programme has launched a …

GSMA SETS NEW RECORDS FOR MOBILE ASIA EXPO 2014

June 16, 2014

Attendance Increases 29 Per Cent Over the 2013 Event London: The GSMA today reported that more than 26,000* unique visitors from 93 countries and territories attended the 2014 Mobile Asia Expo, held 11-13 June in Shanghai. The three-day conference and …

CONSULT HYPERION AND THE GSMA PUBLISH REPORT CONTRASTING HCE AND SIM SECURE ELEMENT APPROACHES TO NFC PAYMENTS

June 11, 2014

Balanced Analysis Provides Important Guidance For Financial Institutions Shanghai: Digital payments experts Consult Hyperion, in conjunction with the GSMA, today published a guide to help banks and mobile operators understand the Host Card Emulation (HCE) and SIM Secure Element approaches …

LEADING SRI LANKAN MOBILE OPERATORS LAUNCH GSMA MOBILE CONNECT TRIAL

GSMA Mobile Connect Provides Users Consistent and Interoperable Approach to Managing Account Authentication; Major SIM Technology Providers Voice Support for Mobile Connect Shanghai: The GSMA today announced that leading Sri Lankan operators Dialog Axiata and Mobitel will launch a beta …

GSMA COLLABORATES WITH INTERAMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK IN ESTABLISHING BROADBAND TRAINING CENTRE FOR LATIN AMERICA

June 9, 2014

Designed to Strengthen the Region’s Institutional Capacity in ICT, Focusing Specifically on Broadband Development London: The GSMA announced that it is collaborating with the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) in the development of The Centre for Advanced Studies in Broadband Development, …

GSMA AND MULTIMEDIA UNIVERSITY OF MALAYSIA TO ESTABLISH GRADUATE PROGRAMME ON COMMUNICATIONS POLICY AND REGULATION

Masters Programme Will Focus on Contemporary Regulation Theory and Practices, Business and Technology Trends in Communications Sector Shanghai: The GSMA and the Multimedia University of Malaysia (MMU) today announced an agreement through which the two organisations will collaborate to develop …

CHINA LEADS GLOBAL CONNECTED LIVING MARKET WITH OVER 50 MILLION M2M CONNECTIONS, FINDS NEW GSMA REPORT

China Accounts for 27 Per Cent of Total Global M2M Connections; Close Co-operation Between Mobile Operators and Government Driving China’s M2M Leadership    Shanghai: China is the global leader in the adoption of M2M technology with over 50 million connections …

ASIA PACIFIC IS HOME TO HALF THE WORLD’S MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS SAYS NEW GSMA STUDY

Mobile Ecosystem Fuelling GDP Growth Across Asia Pacific as Operators Invest in Mobile Broadband; Half a Billion Chinese Users Accessing the Internet via Mobile 9 June 2014, Shanghai: The GSMA today issued the latest report in its Mobile Economy series, …

GSMA CALLS FOR BROADER, MORE AMBITIOUS REFORM TO MODERNISE TELECOMS REGULATION AND DRIVE GROWTH IN EUROPE

June 6, 2014

GSMA Comments on Progress Report Presented Today to Ministers on the Draft Telecoms Single Market Regulation Brussels: Following today’s Telecoms Council meeting, the GSMA calls on Member States and the new European Parliament to urge the European Commission to accelerate …

GSMA PROVIDES NEW DETAILS FOR MOBILE ASIA EXPO

May 29, 2014

GSMA Announces New Mobile Forum Keynotes, Exhibitors, Sponsors and Partners London: The GSMA today announced new details for the 2014 GSMA Mobile Asia Expo, including new keynote speakers in the Mobile Forum and new exhibitors, sponsors and partners. Mobile Asia …

NEW GSMA REPORT HIGHLIGHTS ECONOMIC IMPACT OF AWS SPECTRUM FOR 4G MOBILE BROADBAND IN LATIN AMERICA

May 28, 2014

Region Would Benefit From Additional US $53 Billion Across Seven Markets London: The GSMA1 today released findings of a new report2, “The AWS Situation in the Americas”, which highlights the positive economic impact of allocating the AWS spectrum band (Advanced …

OPERATORS TO REDUCE ROAMING COSTS ACROSS AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST

May 26, 2014

Region’s Leading Operators Undertake Initiatives to Make Roaming Services More Affordable and to Improve International Connectivity 26 May 2014, London: The GSMA today announced that senior leaders from nine major mobile operator groups, accounting for over half a billion mobile …

GSMA CALLS FOR CLARITY ON FORTHCOMING SPECTRUM AUCTION OF 700MHZ DIGITAL DIVIDEND BAND FOR MOBILE IN BRAZIL

May 22, 2014

London: Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA, offered the following statement regarding rules for the forthcoming Brazilian spectrum auction of the 700MHz Digital Dividend band for mobile broadband and the launch by ANATEL of two public consultations. The GSMA will …

GSMA REPORT HIGHLIGHTS LATIN AMERICAN OPERATORS’ CONTRIBUTIONS IN REDUCING ELECTRONIC WASTE

May 21, 2014

Operators Throughout Region Undertaking a Range of Projects to Treat Electronic Waste London: The GSMA today released the report “eWaste in Latin America”, a review of the electronic waste (e-waste) initiatives by mobile operators in Latin America, including Antel (Uruguay), …

GSMA WELCOMES ARGENTINE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO LICENSE 210MHZ OF SPECTRUM FOR 4G SERVICES

May 15, 2014

Multiband Auction Will Allow Mobile Operators to Unleash Investments Necessary to Deploy 4G Networks and Improve Quality of Existing 2G and 3G Services Buenos Aires: The GSMA welcomes the Argentine Government’s decision to license the AWS (Advanced Wireless Services – …

GSMA WELCOMES BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT DECISION TO REDUCE MACHINE-TO-MACHINE TAXATION

May 9, 2014

Appropriate Regulatory Framework Will Allow Developing M2M Market to Flourish London: The GSMA welcomes the Brazilian government’s decision to pass regulation reducing taxation on machine-to-machine (M2M) devices. The move, which was announced by Brazil’s Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo and signed …

OPERATORS COMMIT TO ACCELERATE INTEROPERABLE MOBILE MONEY SERVICES ACROSS AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

April 30, 2014

Region’s Leading Operators to Expand Financial Inclusion through Collaboration in GSMA Mobile Money Interoperability Programme London: The GSMA today announced that nine mobile network operators, including Bharti Airtel, Etisalat Group, Millicom, MTN Group, Ooredoo Group, Orange, STC Group, Vodafone Group …

GSMA INTRODUCES NEW CONSUMER EXPERIENCES AT 2014 MOBILE ASIA EXPO

April 29, 2014

New Elements Include Fitbit Challenge, Shanghai-wide Mobile Treasure Hunt and Showcase Stage; Chinese Pop Star Jane Zhang to Appear on Showcase Stage 29 April 2014, London: The GSMA today provided several updates for the 2014 GSMA Mobile Asia Expo taking …

GSMA ENCOURAGES NEXT GENERATION OF “CONNECTED WOMEN” TO EXPLORE CAREERS IN TECHNOLOGY

April 24, 2014

London Schoolgirls Build Mobile Apps in Tech City on Girls in ICT Day London: The GSMA will today host an interactive app building workshop to celebrate Girls in ICT Day 1, the ITU’s annual global initiative to empower and encourage …

GSMA, CYBERPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG HOST 2014 ASIA INNOVATION FORUM

April 22, 2014

Two-Day Event Focuses on Building a Vibrant Mobile Ecosystem through Innovation and Collaboration Hong Kong: The GSMA today announced that, together with Cyberport and the Communications Association of Hong Kong (CAHK), it is hosting the GSMA-Cyberport 2014 Asia Innovation Forum …

GSMA ANNOUNCES 2014 MOBILE 360 SERIES EVENTS

April 16, 2014

GSMA to Host Executive Conferences in Six Locations Globally; Mobile 360 Events Explore Regional Mobile Industry Trends and Issues London: The GSMA today announced the schedule and locations for the 2014 GSMA Mobile 360 Series, a regional thought leadership conference …

MORE COMPREHENSIVE “CONNECTED CONTINENT” PACKAGE REQUIRED TO ADDRESS CURRENT ECONOMIC CHALLENGES, SAYS GSMA

April 3, 2014

Amendments to the European Commission’s Proposals on the Open Internet Would Reduce Consumer Choice and Weaken Europe’s Competitiveness Brussels: The GSMA recognises the efforts of Rapporteur Pilar del Castillo to develop a constructive response to the Commission’s Connected Continent proposals …

GSMA PROVIDES NEW UPDATES FOR MOBILE ASIA EXPO 2014

March 31, 2014

CEOs from Kakao, KT, LINE, Telenor and ZTE to Headline Mobile Forum London: The GSMA today announced that the CEOs of Kakao, KT Corp., LINE, Telenor and ZTE will be among the executives delivering keynote presentations in the Mobile Forum …

GSMA ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF MOBILE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OPTIMISATION PROJECT IN PAKISTAN

March 24, 2014

New Technology Partners Join Programme to Deliver Optimisation Projects London: The GSMA today announced the completion of its second Mobile Energy Efficiency (MEE) Optimisation project, located in Pakistan, working in conjunction with mobile operator Warid Telecom and systems integrator Cascadiant. …

MAJOR UK MOBILE OPERATORS AND THE ICO LAUNCH CONSUMER SPAM REPORTING SERVICE TO PROTECT MOBILE CUSTOMERS

March 20, 2014

UK Mobile Users Able to Report Unsolicited Text Messages to ‘7726’ or ‘SPAM’ London: The GSMA today announced that EE, O2, Three, Vodafone together with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), are working together to tackle nuisance text messages by …

GSMA AND OPERATORS WORK TO IMPROVE MOBILE ACCESS AND AFFORDABILITY ACROSS AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

March 18, 2014

Initiative Aims to Enhance Use of Network Infrastructure to Connect Underserved Communities across the Regions London: Further to a high-level meeting at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, senior leaders from eight major mobile operator groups, covering 551 million mobile connections …

GSMA URGES EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND MEMBER STATES TO REACH RAPID AGREEMENT ON CONSISTENT AND INNOVATION-FRIENDLY DATA PROTECTION RULES

March 12, 2014

London: Following today’s plenary vote on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA called on the co-legislators to agree data protection rules that can deliver consistent protection for Europe’s citizens, promote innovation and ensure a …

GSMA AND CEOS OF MOBILE OPERATORS SET OUT KEY SUCCESS FACTORS FOR AN EFFECTIVE EU TELECOMS SINGLE MARKET

March 7, 2014

Brussels: Anne Bouverot, Director General, GSMA yesterday sent an open letter to Commissioner Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, setting out the key elements needed to deliver a telecoms single market to drive growth and employment across the region. …

GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014 SHATTERS PREVIOUS RECORDS

February 27, 2014

With More Than 85,000 Visitors, Attendance Up By 18 Per Cent Over Mobile World Congress 2013 Barcelona: The GSMA today reported that more than 85,000* visitors from 201 countries attended the 2014 Mobile World Congress, setting another new record for …

GSMA ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 2014 GLOBAL MOBILE AWARDS

February 25, 2014

Barcelona: The GSMA today announced the winners of the 19th Annual Global Mobile awards, held at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The winners were honoured in an afternoon ceremony hosted by British actor, writer, presenter and comedian James …

GSMA AND FACEBOOK ANNOUNCE JOINT INITIATIVE TO CONNECT THE UNCONNECTED

GSMA and Facebook to Focus Work on Reducing Total Cost of Ownership of Mobile Barcelona: The GSMA and Facebook, through its Internet.org partnership, today announced a joint initiative designed to connect the billions of men and women globally that currently …

GSMA LAUNCHES MOBILE SERVICES INITIATIVES WITH GOVERNMENT OF BRAZIL AND LEADING MOBILE OPERATORS

Barcelona: The GSMA today announced several initiatives to advance the scope and scale of mobile services in Brazil for the benefit of its citizens and businesses. Paulo Bernardo, Minister of Communications, Federative Republic of Brazil and Anne Bouverot, Director General …

GSMA REPORT SHOWS ACTIVE MOBILE MONEY CUSTOMERS REACHED 61 MILLION IN 2013

Mobile Money Services Continue to Gain Scale as 13 Services Now Have More Than 1 Million Active Accounts Each Barcelona: The GSMA’s Mobile Money for the Unbanked (MMU) programme today released its third annual Mobile Financial Services State of the …

GSMA HONOURS THE GOVERNMENTS OF BOTSWANA, LEBANON, SPAIN AND THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES IN ITS GOVERNMENT MOBILE EXCELLENCE AWARDS

February 24, 2014

Barcelona: The GSMA today recognised the governments of Botswana, Lebanon, Spain and the United Arab Emirates at the mobile industry’s prestigious Government Mobile Excellence Awards, which honour governments’ significant achievements in driving the growth and socio-economic impact of the mobile …

LEADING MOBILE OPERATORS UNVEIL GSMA MOBILE CONNECT INITIATIVE TO PROVIDE CONSISTENT AND INTEROPERABLE APPROACH TO MANAGING DIGITAL IDENTITY

Mobile Ecosystem Players Collaborate to Deliver Seamless, Secure Mobile Identity Services for Consumers Barcelona: The GSMA today announced the launch of a collaborative initiative, supported by leading mobile operators including Axiata Group Berhad, China Mobile, China Telecom, Etisalat, KDDI, Ooredoo, …

GSMA NAMES ROBERT G. CONWAY AS FIRST RECIPIENT OF THE GSMA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

February 22, 2014

Barcelona: The GSMA today announced that it has posthumously presented former GSMA CEO Robert G. Conway with the first GSMA Lifetime Achievement Award. This prestigious award recognises Rob’s significant efforts in advancing the state of the mobile industry, for the …

GSMA PRESENTS 2014 CHAIRMAN’S AWARD TO DR. PAUL E. JACOBS, CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF QUALCOMM

Barcelona: The GSMA today announced that Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, Chairman and CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated, has been named the recipient of the 2014 GSMA Chairman’s Award. This award, established in 1995, is the GSMA’s most prestigious award and recognises …

NEW GSMA REPORT REVEALS HOW SPECTRUM LICENCE UNCERTAINTY JEOPARDISES MOBILE SERVICES IN LATIN AMERICA

February 19, 2014

Greater Certainty and Longevity for Spectrum Licensing is Vital for Ongoing Investment in Mobile Networks Across the Region London: The GSMA today released findings of a new report, “Licence Renewal in Latin America”, which highlights the climate of uncertainty surrounding …

GSMA TRIALS MOBILE IDENTITY SOLUTION AT MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS

NFC Badge to Include New Mobile Identity Validation Feature London: The GSMA today announced that, building on the success of the Mobile World Congress NFC Badge in 2013, customers of Bouygues Telecom, Bharti Airtel, Dialog, Du, Etisalat, KT Corp., Orange, …

GSMA CONNECTED CITY TO OPEN AT MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS

February 17, 2014

GSMA with AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, KT and Vodafone to Demonstrate How Latest Mobile Innovations Are Improving Our Lives London: The GSMA will unveil the Connected City at Mobile World Congress with its most ambitious and inspiring showcase yet, inviting visitors …

GSMA PREDICTS 250 MILLION M2M CONNECTIONS IN 2014

New Study Points to Strong Growth in M2M Sector as ‘Connected Living’ Comes of Age London: Global machine-to-machine (M2M) connections1 will hit a quarter of a billion this year, according to a new report2 by the GSMA, underscoring that M2M …

GSMA ANNOUNCES FIRST DETAILS FOR MOBILE ASIA EXPO 2014

February 13, 2014

More than 24,000 Attendees Expected for the 2014 Edition of Mobile Asia Expo London: The GSMA today outlined the first details of the upcoming 2014 GSMA Mobile Asia Expo, which will be held 11-13 June at the Shanghai New International …

GSMA REPORT REVEALS LICENSED SPECTRUM FOR MOBILE OFFERS BEST POSSIBLE ECONOMIC BENEFIT

February 11, 2014

Spectrum Sharing Agreements for Mobile Broadband Should Not Replace the Need for Exclusive Spectrum Licensing London: The GSMA today issued a new report indicating that shared spectrum can complement but in no way replaces the need for exclusive-access spectrum in …

GSMA ANNOUNCES NOMINATIONS FOR THE 19TH ANNUAL GLOBAL MOBILE AWARDS

January 29, 2014

London: The GSMA today announced the nominees for the 19th annual Global Mobile Awards. The winners will be presented in an afternoon ceremony hosted by British actor, writer, presenter and comedian James Corden on Tuesday, 25th February at the GSMA …

OFCOM’S PROPOSED INCREASE IN ANNUAL LICENCE FEES FOR 900MHZ AND 1800MHZ SPECTRUM THREATENS UK 4G ROLL-OUT, SAYS GSMA

January 23, 2014

London: Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA, offered the following statement regarding Ofcom’s proposal to increase annual licence fees for the 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum bands in the UK: “The GSMA is concerned that Ofcom’s proposal to more than quadruple …

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