Made up of experts from across their geographical area, the regions provide forums for the mobile industry to discuss and address the most important topics to them.
GSMA Europe represents and leads mobile network operators in Europe, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Focusing on policy and regulatory developments in Europe that impact the mobile industry, it brings GSMA members together to inform on these areas with the help of the Operator Expert Working Groups. These are public policy and technical experts from the GSMA’s member companies that are responsible for:
- monitoring relevant policy and legislative developments
- identifying priorities for the mobile industry
- developing and communicating consensus positions on these priorities
The Policy Group Europe plays a key role in the GSMA’s governance structure as the bridge between the Operator Expert Working Groups and the Public Policy Committee of the GSMA board. It is made up of the senior public policy representatives of our main member companies in Europe.
Statistics on this region: more than 200 mobile network operators provide connections to 697 million unique subscribers.
Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium
GSMA Latin America
GSMA Latin America (GSMA LA) covers the region’s four key areas through its Operator Expert Working Groups. These are:
- Regulatory (REGU)
- Security and Fraud (SEGF)
- Technology and Terminals (TECT)
The Policy Group for Latin America (PG LATAM) is the main body for the consultation and strategic direction of mobile operator members in Latin America. It’s composed of senior executives representing the main telecommunications companies – covering 95% of all mobile connections in the region.
Its focus includes public policy and regulation, as these issues require more attention, dialogue, and positioning in the region. The group also discusses strategic challenges for innovation and technological development in the mobile industry, which are accounted for by the corresponding specialist sub-working groups.
Statistics on this region: GSMA member companies serve over 630 million connections, accounting for 95% of the total mobile region´s connections.
Based in: Buenos Aires, Argentina and Brasilia, Brazil.
GSMA North America
GSMA North America focuses on resolving regional issues to do with the GSM family of wireless technologies. Chiefly, technical problems related to interoperability, which it evaluates and shares with GSMA policymakers, industry bodies and standards organisations.
It also serves as a forum for members to meet and find solutions to these issues, several times a year.
Made up of experts from across the region’s mobile industry and ecosystem, its working groups include:
- GSMA NA Wholesale Agreement and Solutions Group
- Interoperability Data Specifications and Settlement Group (WAS/IDS)
- GSMA NA Networks Group (NG)
- GSMA NA RCS Task Force
- GSMA NA Women4Tech
- GSMA NA Fraud and Security
- GSMA NA Terminals
- GSMA NA Smart Cards
Based in: Atlanta, Georgia, covering mobile network operators in the United States, Canada, Greenland and the Caribbean
GSMA Asia Pacific & Greater China
GSMA Asia Pacific and GSMA Greater China consist of several regional working groups that are aligned with the GSMA’s global ones. GSMA Asia Pacific also runs successful conferences and events, covering roaming and regulatory issues.
GSMA Sub-Saharan Africa
Driven by regulatory, environmental and roaming issues, GSMA Africa oversees research on taxation, spectrum and other areas relevant to the African mobile industry.
GSMA Middle East & North Africa
GSMA Middle East and North Africa (MENA) promotes and facilitates the development of GSM-based services in the region. Encouraging innovation, growth and expanding consumer choice – it runs a website designed to help local consumers compare roaming tariffs. Its aim is to improve investment in network infrastructure.
Statistics on this region: this interest group represents more than 20 operators in the Arab region.