Introduction to AA.35

What is AA.35?

AA.35 is the document detailing the procedures for the creation of specific categories of GSMA Industry Specifications. These are industry specifications created by the GSMA that materially and directly affect mobile operators and other ecosystem participants alike.

Why did the GSMA create AA.35?

To facilitate broader input and support by all affected stakeholders within the industry to any GSMA Technical Specification.

What is a GSMA Industry Specification?

An industry specification created in the GSMA for:

  1. common adoption;
  2. repeated implementation, application and functioning;
  3. general use, operations and support in multiple segments of the telecommunication ecosystem; or
  4. consistent testing, verification and certification; of technology that would directly and materially affect simultaneously mobile network operators and non-mobile network operator participants within the mobile industry ecosystem; by industry

The definition of GSMA Industry Specifications does not include specifications that: (i) only affect interoperability or interworking between mobile network operators; or (ii) do not add additional specifications to technical solutions.

Who approves decisions under AA.35?

  1. Industry Standard Issuing Group (ISIG):
    • Each topic within the GSMA has its own ISIG.
    • One vote per company group.
    • Decisions need 71% majority.
  2. Industry Standard Approval Group (ISAG):
    • There is only one ISAG for all GSMA Technical Specification work.
    • It is responsible for approval of Industry Specifications and also the management, closure, and as an escalation point for ISIGs.
    • All editorial decisions are passed back to ISIG.
    • It comprises two constituencies, i.e. one Operator Member and one Non-Operator Member of up to 30 members each.
    • Operator Members participate through the GSMA Technology Group membership, Non-Operator Members through nomination and election.
    • Non-GSMA members are not eligible to sit on the ISAG.
    • Both constituencies need to agree by simple-majority respectively.
  3. ISIG subgroups:
    • ISIG Subgroups are subject to ISIG approval.
    • Participants in a Subgroup need to be ISIG Participants.
    • ISIG Subgroups can issue recommendations but have no decision making power in their own right.

How can my organisation participate on the ISAG?

  • For Associate and Rapporteur members, elections will be held in line with the GSMA board elections. As such the next election will be in January 2023 and every 2 years from then.
  • For Operator Members, you must be a member of the Technology Group to be part of ISAG. Notifications of any upcoming elections will be sent to all in 2 months before the election.

What happens if a document is not approved by the ISAG?

  • The document is sent back to ISIG with comments.
  • It is then the responsibility of the ISIG to address comments that have been made by the ISAG before resubmitting for approval.

Can my organisation appeal decisions made by either the ISIG and ISAG?

Yes, there is a right of appeal in both the ISAG and ISIG , the respective appeal paths can be found in Section 10 of AA.35.

I am a non-GSMA member. How can I participate?

Yes. Any organisations that are not members of the GSMA will be allowed to participate in Industry Specification activities as part of the ISIG provided that all the following are met:

  • demonstrated that the organisation is directly and materially affected in a particular GSMA Industry Specification
  • has a commercial interest related to a specific GSMA Industry Specification
  • has signed an Industry Specification non-member participation agreement (NMPA)
  • paid the applicable participation fees as specified by the GSMA.

It is anticipated that the NMPA and fee mechanism shall be in place by 1 April 2020.

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