Wholesale Agreements and Solutions #13

Wholesale Agreements and Solutions #13

Start: Tuesday 16 March 2021

End: Thursday 18 March 2021

Venue: 24-hour Virtual Event

Exclusive Member Event.

The GSMA Wholesale Agreements and Solutions Group (WAS) is responsible for the commercial aspects of interoperability (Interworking & Roaming) between Industry players, providing consistent and reliable services to consumers.

The GSMA WAS#13 event presents industry insight and impacts on roaming, what’s happening now, and plans for the future. Experts from across the mobile ecosystem come together to address challenges and opportunities that arise from the transforming mobile landscape.

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Sponsors and Partners

If you would like to find out more about sponsorship opportunities for WAS#13, please contact us.

Host Partner


BICS is recognised in the wholesale communications market as a top global voice carrier and the leading provider of mobile data services. We aim at bridging the telecom world with the new unconventional communication providers worldwide. Our innovative suite of solutions for Voice, Messaging, Data & Connectivity, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Fraud & Authentication, Roaming, MVNE and Asset Monetization bring value to our customers’ businesses by enabling them to offer state-of-the-art communication services. Our headquarters is located in Brussels and we offer global connectivity with strong presence in Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Middle East. We have regional offices in Bern, Madrid, Dubai, New York, San Francisco and Singapore, a satellite office in Beijing and local representation in Accra, Cape Town, Miami, Montevideo, Nairobi and Toronto. With a diverse and multicultural team of about 500 employees, we continuously strive to provide customers with the highest level of quality, reliability and interoperability, enabling them to maximize their end-user value.

Theme Sponsor

Clear Blockchain Technologies Pte Ltd

Clear builds decentralized networks based on enterprise blockchain that enable flexible, on-demand inter-company trade, without relying on centralized parties. Programmable smart contracts automate manual processes involved in reconciliation and dispute resolution, providing near-real-time settlement and clearing on a global scale. This reduces costs, inefficiencies and fraud, while maintaining the confidentiality of contract and trade details. Moreover, these networks enable rapid participant-driven innovation of new on-demand products, contracts, and business models, accelerating exponential growth.

Deutsche Telekom AG


Since its incorporation in 2006, Infobip has grown from a messaging provider into the world’s largest communications platform with some of the world’s leading enterprises and mobile operator groups as its partners and clients. Infobip’s enterprise services include a range of communication channels (SMS, voice, email, chat apps, push notifications) available through multiple integration options, from APIs to database integration solutions and user-friendly web interfaces. To its 400 mobile operator partners, Infobip provides in-house developed, managed and operated A2P SMS, fitering and monetization, RCS, DCB and Mobile Identity solutions. With 60+ offices on all continents, over 1500 employees and a 300-strong in-house development team, Infobip processes over 7 billion A2P messages a month. An associate member of GSMA since 2008, Infobip is actively participating in several of GSMA’s initatives and working groups, and has been an exhibitor at MWC since 2009. Infobip has also hosted the GSMA WAS#8 in Rovinj, Croatia in 2018, as well as the GSMA IWG meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, in 2012.


Mobileum delivers analytics solutions that generate revenues, reduce costs and accelerate digital transformation for more than 600 communications service providers across 150 countries. Mobileum’s mission is to both grow and protect existing CSP revenue streams, as well as drive new revenues through business model innovation. We focus on specific domains including roaming, fraud & security, and digital transformation. Mobileum’s success is built on its unique active intelligence platform which combines analytics and real-time action technologies with deep network and integration expertise to deliver end to end solutions. Mobileum is based in Silicon Valley California, with offices across the globe.


TOMIA was formed from the merger of Starhome Mach and Telarix, industry veterans in Roaming and Interconnect. TOMIA offers transformative connectivity solutions to service providers worldwide. Its innovative offering enables customers to manage a unified optimization process of both roaming and interconnect while driving the future of connectivity through new technologies and services such as VoLTE, NFV, and 5G. With over 500 employees worldwide, regional headquarters in the US, Israel, Luxembourg, India, and a presence in over 30 countries, Tomia serves over 400 operators including 30 tier-1 and six of the industry’s largest groups. To learn more visit www.tomiaglobal.com.

Roundtable Sponsor


Arptel with its World Test Network is the market and technology leader in voice testing (CLI/FAS/MOS/FAX/OTT) including native roaming testing. Other state of the art solutions that Arptel delivers are SMS testing, location based services (LBS) and a unique interconnect bypass detection with real subscriber testing and A-number billing fraud detection. All solutions are tailored to improve revenue, churn rate, staff utilization and reputation. Arptel has more than 260 customers, many of them among the world’s largest Telco’s. Arptel are experts in various technologies and standards such as ISDN, SIP, SS7 and Diameter with its own developed HLR, MSC/VLR, AuC, SMSC and IN. The rare combination of user friendly business focused solutions, advanced back-end and 100% control of used technologies gives Arptel the power to follow or lead its customers into the future.


iBASIS is the leading communications solutions provider enabling operators and digital players worldwide to perform and transform. Powered by Tofane Global, iBASIS is the first independent communications specialist, ranking second largest global wholesale voice operator and Top 3 LTE IPX vendor with 700+ LTE destinations. iBASIS today serves 1,000+ customers across 18 offices worldwide.

After Tofane’s acquisition of the Altice Europe N.V. international voice carrier business in France, Portugal and the Dominican Republic in 2018 and iBASIS in 2019, the company continues to accelerate its consolidation strategy with the acquisition of NOS International Carrier Services in Portugal, boosting its scale in voice, mobile, and SMS/A2P services worldwide.

iBASIS provides a complete portfolio of global communications: voice, anti-fraud, mobile data, VAS roaming services, 5G, SMS/A2P, IoT/eSIM and CPaaS, while ensuring cost-effective, scalable and secure connectivity.

For more information, please visit www.iBASIS.com.


Send SMS and voice messages worldwide | Trusted by 10,000+ companies. MessageBird improves the way companies communicate, by integrating SMS into the heart of what they do. Whether this is sending time-critical alerts, carrying out marketing campaigns or interacting with customers, MessageBird delivers SMS in a straightforward and reliable fashion. MessageBird offers a range of messaging products designed to cater for any type of business, including:

Through one secure connection, the MessageBird SMS Gateway can deliver messages to more than 800 operators, worldwide, quickly, efficiently and at competitive prices.

Rakuten Viber

At Viber, we connect people, no matter who they are or where they are from.   Over 900 million users worldwide get access to a range of features like one-on-one chats, video calls, group messaging, and updates and discussions with their favorite brands. We ensure our users have a secure and free environment to share their emotions.   Viber is part of the Rakuten Group, a world leader in e-commerce and financial services. Join Viber today and enjoy the world’s best communication experience.


Syniverse is the world’s most connected company—we pioneer innovations that take businesses further. Our secure, global network reaches billions of people and devices. Our engagement platform powers the customized experiences of the future. And the millions of secure transactions we drive every minute are revolutionizing how goods and services are exchanged. We have always led companies to reimagine the boundaries of possibility. Today we’re delivering on opportunities with the power to change the world.

Featured Virtual Exhibitor

Cicada Exchange

Cicada Exchange has developed an electronic market place that allows mobile operators to buy and sell roaming capacity to each other. The contractual and technical arrangements stay exactly the same. The only thing that changes is the way prices are set.

There is no charge to become a Member of the Exchange and by being a Member, Operators can see the prices in markets that they are interested in.

Cicada Exchange is risk free and existing mechanisms to set prices for traffic and make commitments can happen in parallel. Operators can trade as much or as little as they want.

Cicada Exchange will co-exist with all your current practices (and ways of working) and will be an online platform where you can connect with roaming partners to set prices and make commitments whenever required, giving greater flexibility.

Cicada Exchange allows either quarterly or annual contracts up to 5 years ahead.

Multiple contracts in a quarter or year are possible.

With uncertainty about demand, using Cicada Exchange will allow operators to feel their way forward in 2021 and 2022 without the need to make big commitments pending clarity about market demand.

Cicada Exchange will deliver significant cost controls on roaming traffic and will facilitate future innovation on the market.

Learn more at www.cicadaexchange.com


Comfone, provider of roaming services to more than 300 operators in over 125 countries, is known throughout the telecoms industry as an international mobile roaming specialist. Comfone’s industry know-how owes itself to over ten years of experience and customer-orientated in-house expertise. Through its unique portfolio and additional value added services, Comfone fully optimises the setting up of each operator’s roaming processes, thus increasing the efficiency of mobile roaming. The company’s portfolio ranges from the complete outsourcing of roaming, to individual elements, such as signalling, hubbing, data, WLAN roaming, convergence and clearing services. Comfone’s active participation in GSMA standardisation groups, the WiMAX Forum and the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), ensures that its innovative solutions are market-driven and meet the requirements of its substantial worldwide customer base. Comfone employs nearly 100 multicultural staff at its headquarters in Bern. From its regional offices covering Europe, Latin America, North America, Central Asia and Asia Pacific, Comfone is well placed to support its customers throughout the world. Learn more about Comfone at www.comfone.com

Global Message Services

GMS is the single point of access for messaging traffic exchange with mobile operators and enterprises worldwide. GMS has been active in the international messaging market for over 14 years. Partnered with 900 mobile operators worldwide, GMS has an extensive network of connections, which ensures safe and transparent traffic routing for mobile operators and a broad audience reach for enterprise clients. Headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, GMS also maintains 5 regional offices worldwide.


Sparkle, Telecom Italia Group’s international carrier, is a full service provider offering a complete range of wholesale solutions spanning from voice, IP & bandwidth and advanced mobile services. Sparkle's objective is to provide “one stop shop solution” to mobile operators by leveraging its know-how and its state of the art proprietary infrastructure. Sparkle supports mobile operators in improving their competitiveness by offering leading voice, signalling, GRX and MMS Interworking services. Know-how transfer programs and ad-hoc consulting services are offered to complement the portfolio for mobile operators. Telecom Italia Sparkle references are: nnumber 1 in Europe in terms of voice revenues, among the top 5 carriers worldwide in terms of voice traffic, Tier-1 IP & data service provider in Europe and Latin America and major player in selected extra-European markets.

Telefónica Global Solutions

Telefónica Global Solutions (TGS) manages all aspects of the international Wholesale and Global Roaming businesses of the Telefónica Group, along with the Multinationals and USA business. We deliver world-class services and platforms to wholesale carriers, fixed and mobile operators, OTTs, service providers, aggregators and multinational companies. Offering a global footprint, with particularly strong presence in Europe and Latin America, we provide our customers with innovative and global solutions wherever they are. We are a flexible, innovative, experienced and committed company and we believe that people are the drivers of change in business and society. Our integrated service portfolio includes Voice & UCC, Networking, Mobile, Satellite, Cloud, Security and IoT & Big Data solutions. We offer a complete set of Mobile solutions: • Messaging – SMS Hub P2P, Global Enterprise Messaging A2P and RCS Hub A2P • Roaming • Outsourced Roaming • Customer Engagement • IoT Connectivity and Vertical Solutions We are also committed to innovation leveraging new technologies such as 5G, Blockchain and AI. As a global Tier 1 carrier, TGS has peering agreements with all Tier 1 carriers in the market, plus good connectivity through local accesses worldwide. We enable other operators to take advantage of our scale, negotiation power, experience and expertise to provide their customers with high quality services without the complexity of dealing with multiple providers, whilst delivering the best customer experience. We are already delivering services to Telefónica Operating Businesses and partners and Tier 2, Tier 3 operators and MVNOs.

Virtual Exhibitor

A1 Telekom Austria AG


We are a global technology company delivering innovative IT solutions and providing professional support to leading telecommunications sectors. We enable our customers to gain a competitive edge by enhancing their sales potential. Ailleron specializes in providing high-quality Signalling & Roaming Solutions that guarantee reliable steering for mobile operators. We also intensely develop Mobile Connect that provides a secure method of authentication, authorization and identification. Ailleron focuses on delivering complete VAS products as well.


Anam is the fastest growing independent SMS Firewall and A2P Monetisation service provider in the world, filtering billions of messages for Mobile Operators for more than 350m subscribers across 65 countries. Anam’s team of Industry leading A2P consultants leverage firewall technology to enable Mobile Operators to generate new revenues from A2P SMS traffic on their networks. The company’s offering has generated incremental revenues in excess of $2million per annum for every 1 million subscribers. Anam owns the worldwide patent for Home Routing (EP 1683375 B1), a technique invented by John Murtagh, Anam CTO in 2006 and fundamental to SMS Firewalls ever since.

Anam has corporate and technical headquarters in Dublin Ireland, Anam’s Asia presence is managed from Kuala Lumpur and the company has further worldwide presence in the UK, Pakistan, Jamaica, Malta, Czech Republic and Vietnam.


LANCK Telecom

VentaMobile t/a LANCK Telecom has been providing high quality voice services worldwide since 2001. As an international carrier LANCK Telecom efficiently cooperates with leading telecommunication providers in every region of the world and delivers voice and SMS traffic worldwide. The company has Points of Presence in all major interconnect centers in Europe, North America and Asia. The list of our loyal partners includes over 1000 companies worldwide that benefit from competitive rates, an individual approach and highly responsive service.

Route Mobile Limited

Route Mobile is a Tier 1 Cloud Communications Platform service provider, catering to enterprises, over-the-top (OTT) players and mobile network operators (MNO). Our portfolio comprises a single platform or unified API offering Messaging, Voice, Email, SMS Firewall and Monetization solutions across diverse sectors. We offer value-based consulting, provide a high level of customer service, deploy the right talent for the overall development and help you achieve consistent growth. We offer a range of cloud communication services to clients which include a number of Fortune Global 500 companies across diverse sectors including but not limited to BFSI, aviation, retail, e-commerce, logistics, healthcare, hospitality, media, entertainment, pharmaceuticals and telecom. We have state-of-art data centres across 5 locations globally. Route Mobile has a global presence in the Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America. Route Mobile empowers businesses by providing comprehensive and tailor-made communication services that enrich customer experience backed by technological innovation. Our focus is to solve your challenges, simplify communications for better outcomes and help our customers to #RouteitRight


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