GSMA ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR 20th GLOBAL MOBILE AWARDS

February 4, 2015

Press Release

Legendary Comedian, Actor and Writer John Cleese to Host 2015 Awards Ceremony at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

London: The GSMA today announced the nominees for the 2015 Global Mobile Awards, which are this year celebrating 20 years of achievement and innovation across the mobile industry. World-renowned actor, comedian, writer and film producer John Cleese will host the Global Mobile Awards ceremony on Tuesday, 3rd March at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The full list of more than 270 nominees can be found at: www.globalmobileawards.com/nominees-2015.

“We are delighted to announce the nominees as we celebrate the 20th year of Global Mobile Awards,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “With a new record of over 800 entries, the Global Mobile Awards are, as always, hugely competitive and reflect the dynamic pace of growth and evolution in digital communications. Congratulations to all those shortlisted today and many thanks to our judges who have an almost impossible task selecting the nominees from such high-calibre and exciting entries.”

The 2015 Global Mobile Awards will honour more than 40 winners over nine categories that include awards for “Best Mobile Handsets & Devices”, “Best Mobile Apps”, “Best Mobile Services”, “Best Mobile Technology” and “Social & Economic Development” and will also feature many new awards that showcase emerging trends in the mobile ecosystem. These include awards for wearable technologies, affordable smartphones, the Internet of Things and sectors such as retail and automotive, amongst others.

In addition, two new special awards have been introduced to mark the 20th anniversary of the Global Mobile Awards, including the “Young Mobile Innovator of the Year” specifically designed to showcase young and exciting new talent, and the “Connected Women: Leadership in Industry” award that will recognise initiatives that attract and retain women and girls in mobile and telecommunications.

The Global Mobile Awards will kick off with the presentation of the “Government Mobile Excellence Awards” on Tuesday, 3rd March. These awards, which recognise world-class leadership, will be announced at the GSMA’s Ministerial Programme and will include the “Government Leadership Award” and the “Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award”.

The Global Mobile Awards afternoon ceremony will take place on Tuesday, 3rd March at 2.30 pm in Hall 4, Auditorium 1. This year’s host, John Cleese, is best known for his involvement in film and TV productions including “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”, “Fawlty Towers”, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, “Monty Python’s Life of Brian”, and “A Fish Called Wanda”, as well as two James Bond films and the Harry Potter series, amongst many others. The awards ceremony is open to Mobile World Congress attendees from all shortlisted companies, regardless of pass type, as well as all other Mobile World Congress attendees holding Platinum, Gold, Silver or Press/Analyst passes.

On Wednesday, 4th March the shortlist for the “Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet at Mobile World Congress 2015” will be selected from those on show at the event. The shortlist will be revealed on Mobile World Live TV, as well as the Global Mobile Awards website, with the overall winner honoured in a live presentation on Mobile World Live TV the following day.

The Global Mobile Awards are judged by more than 300 independent experts, analysts, journalists, academics, and in some cases, mobile operator representatives. The winner of the “Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology – The CTOs’ Choice” award will be selected by a panel of more than 17 industry-leading CTOs from the worldwide operator community. These include CTOs from América Móvil, AT&T, Cable & Wireless, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Meteor, Oi, Orange, PCCW, Singtel, SK Telecom, Smartfren, Telefónica, Three, Turkcell and Vodafone.

Award Winners to Join the MMIX
To reflect the explosive growth of music on mobile, the GSMA recently launched the MMIX at Mobile World Congress, which includes an official event party as well as a new music-based forum as part of the 4 Years From Now programme. The MMIX party will have exciting line-up up of musical performances including a headline DJ set by platinum-selling artist Rudimental, and to celebrate their success, winners of the Global Mobile Awards will have the opportunity to join the MMIX party on Tuesday 3rd March at Fira Montjuïc. Limited tickets for other Mobile World Congress attendees will be made available shortly. Those interested in attending should register interest via email at MMIX@mobileworldcongress.com. Further information on the MMIX can be found at: www.mobileworldcongress.com/the-mmix/.

2015 Global Mobile Awards Sponsors
2015 Global Mobile Award sponsors and partners include Schneider Electric (Green Mobile Award Sponsor), Application Developers Alliance (Young Mobile Innovator of the Year Category Partner), Gamelab Mobile (Best Mobile Game Category Partner) and Getty Images (Awards Ceremony Image Partner). For information on additional sponsorship opportunities, please contact the GSMA at awards@globalmobileawards.com.

More information on the Global Mobile Awards 2015 can be found at http://www.globalmobileawards.com/. The Mobile World Congress 2015 will be held 2-5 March at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. For more information, please visit www.mobileworldcongress.com.

About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

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