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Happy New Year and welcome to the final year in this decade.  The mass adoption of mobile broadband has laid the foundation for changes in various sectors of the economy.  The decade began with the launch of 4G in 2010 and will close with the launch of 5G which is set to bring in a new era of change and innovation.  Although a lot has been said about its low latency and ultra-fast speed, what is distinctive about 5G is how everything in the world will communicate together in the Internet of Things.

MWC19 Barcelona will focus on this new era of “intelligent connectivity”.  Its key themes including AI, Industry 4.0, disruptive innovation, digital wellness, and digital trust, which is a unique opportunity for you to experience the innovations and prepare for business challenges ahead.

As this new era begins, I look forward to greater engagement between GSMA, members and the ecosystem in the coming year and wish you all the best for 2019.

Julian Gorman, Head of Asia Pacific, GSMA​
Join us at MWC19 Barcelona
The Asia Pacific speakers will look into the themes of MWC19 Barcelona
Ministers, CEOs and experts of the digital ecosystem in Asia Pacific will be among the most important speakers of MWC19 in Barcelona.  In addition, the Ministerial Program will look beyond traditional telecom regulation and policy topics with a new focus on mobile and the emerging digital citizen. Keynote sessions featuring speakers from APAC government:
“5G in the city” Tuesday 26th (10:00-11:00) will look at what city service providers are looking for and how current policy frameworks are supporting tomorrow’s smart city development?  “Ask the regulator” Tuesday 26th (14:30 – 15:45) features four leading regulators to briefly present an innovation – an approach, tool or reform - that has garnered positive results or improved the way they function.  "Drilling down into data" Tuesday 26th (16:30-17:45) will debate how to balance the benefits of cross-border data flows for individuals, organizations, and governments, while ensuring data privacy rules are in place to protect citizens in the digital world.
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Pre-MWC Executive Cycle Tour with the GSMA Team
Join the GSMA APAC and GSMA Intelligence teams for an informal cycle tour on Feb 24th at 08:00.  Starting from Barcelona central location, we’ll set out for 3 hours of exercise and relaxation.
News from APAC IoT Partnership Programme
IoT tour in Hong Kong and Shenzhen

The GSMA APAC IoT partnership programme, the largest IoT community in APAC, recently converged a series of meeting and tour in Hong Kong and Shenzhen aimed at discussing the NB-IoT network, exploring and establishing common interest for APAC MNOs and engaging mobile ecosystem to explore opportunities in China. Click here to learn more about exciting milestones of this programme. 
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Follow the #CaseForChange in Nepal
Early warning system saved lives in Nepal
Mobile technology saved lives and protected citizens who live in areas most at risk from flooding.
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Mobile For Development in the region
Innovation case study:  Cellcard Cambodia and Solar Power
Learn how Cambodia has used renewable energy to bring down the coverage cost of mobile broadband.
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A quick guide to the GSMA Mobile Money Certification
Learn how to bring safer, and more resilient financial services to mobile money users around the world.
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Understand the gender gap in mobile operators' customer base
Mobile operators' customer base provide insights into how to address the most common mobile-related barriers that women experience.
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Three takeaways from the Frontier Incubators Workshop
This workshop focused on issues around building start-up ecosystems in the APAC region.  It provided valuable content to technology innovation programs in the industry.
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Key takeaways from Jazz SDG Hackathon 2018 Islamabad
Learn how to leverage technology to design civic solutions contributing towards five UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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Key trends from the GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund Round 2
Round 2 received 264 applications in 77 countries. In Asia Pacific, we saw new market trends emerging with 6% coming from Bangladesh, 4% from India, and 3% from Pakistan.
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Other Industry News
Landscaping the digital humanitarian ecosystem
Can we build a digital ecosystem to address humanitarian crises?
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Mission Billion Challenge
The World Bank is seeking to solve the identity gap problem with the Mission Billion Challenge. 
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Universal Acceptance
Making new internet domains work for everyone will open new opportunities
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Upcoming Events in the Region
 •  23 February / APAC CEO Roundtable, Barcelona
A meeting of the CEOs of the GSMA members from the APAC region
 •  25-28 February / MWC19, Barcelona
This is the largest mobile event in the world and will feature over 2,400 companies and an expected 107,000 attendees.
 •  25-27 March / Telecoms World Asia 2019, Bangkok
Julian Gorman, Head of Asia Pacific, GSMA, will talk about "New Services and Applications for 5G" on Day 1 and participate in panel discussion "Overcoming spectrum challenges in the road to 5G" on Day 2
 •  22-23 May / Cloud Expo Asia, Hong Kong
David Turkington, Head of Technology. Asia Pacific, GSMA, will be moderator of the 5G panel discussion on Day 1.