The Future Networks Programme

The Future Networks Programme

Future Networks has much to offer organisations aiming to make the most of the coming transition to all-IP mobile networks and the evolution from 4G to 5G.

Engagement with GSMA on the changes ahead – and above all, cooperation on standardised specifications – will ensure that those who act early will emerge best-placed in the new landscape.


Operators have a clear interest in what Future Networks has to offer. All-IP and Network Virtualisation enables Operators to improve communications services in a variety of ways – equipping them with the agility of an OTT player, but with a broader range of services and reach.

The earlier Operators commit to all-IP, the sooner they will be able to capitalise on opportunities to provide more relevant, added-value services that will drive consumer preferences – aiding both attraction and retention of customers. Participants will thereby remove fragmentation, secure long-term shareholder value, and maintain market relevance in the crucial years ahead.

The GSMA encourages Operators to implement interconnected all-IP networks through cooperation with their domestic and international competitors. By adopting the GSMA’s specifications, reaching industry-wide consensus on collaboration, working together to provide interoperable services, and sharing best practice, the transition to all-IP can attain maximum benefit for all involved.


OEMs to have a stake in the success of an all-IP network. Consumers expect a consistent experience when using services, and it’s in the interests of OEMs to play their part in delivering that.

State of the art network equipment is a crucial requirement of improving the capacity, quality and reliability of communications, while consumer devices capable of delivering the Advanced Communications platform effortless communication in a variety of different ways.

OEM’s can make use of this capability by adopting the GSMA’s Universal Profile (UP), an industry-agreed common set of features and technical standards.

By enabling manufacturers to continue playing a role in consumers’ digital lives, Future Networks presents a means for OEMs to maintain market influence in the years ahead. It also promises clear routes to significant improvements in efficiency, and thereby revenue, eliminating both the R&D costs of building bespoke devices and the complexities of integrating across different networks, OEMs can reprioritise resources on a considerable scale.


Software Developers are also vital partners in the journey towards all-IP networks, and developers will play an increasingly important role as these networks mature. Developers can harness the power of the GSMA’s Universal Profile and 5G to create a variety of services such as Chat Bots, plugins, remote software updates, push updates and sector-specific communication features.

By collaborating with the mobile ecosystem, and taking a unified approach to providing full interoperability, stakeholders can work with the GSMA to make mobile internet available to 5 billion people worldwide by 2025. [1]

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[1] GSMA Intelligence (March 2020)