The European Identity Group (EIG) is formed to foster the growth of operator identity services in Europe by providing a platform for exchanging best practices and facilitating collaboration among European MNOs. The group focuses on improving cross-MNO cooperation in Europe (within the remits of competition law), given similarities in (amongst others):
- Regulatory frameworks
- European directives (e.g. GDPR, PSD2, EIDAS)
- Technological drivers
- Competitive environment
- Market dynamics
European Identity Group – Vision:
“We, the European operators, are leveraging together our mobile assets to enable secure and trusted identity ecosystems enhancing and protecting our customers’ experience in the digital world.”
Developed by EIG Members in 2020, with support from the GSMA Strategy Team
CHAIR, Deutsche Telekom
A1 Telekom Austria
Local Market Participants:
Claudio Di Padova
Claudio Di Padova
For more information on the work of the European Identity Group please contact:
Head of Strategic Engagement, GSMA
As Head of Strategic Engagement, Kobus Smit is responsible for the engagement of mobile network operators (MNOs) and related parties with GSMA programmes and activities in Europe. This entails bringing together stakeholders around key strategic initiatives for the benefit of mobile operators, the industry as a whole and the millions of people using telecommunication products every day.
Prior to joining the GSMA, Kobus spent 8 years with Deutsche Telekom, where he was responsible for the development and evolution of Voice and Messaging products. During this time, he was Chair of the “IP Communication Leadership Team” – a cooperation between the world’s leading telecommunication companies to deliver enriched, quality communication services globally.
Earlier in his career, Kobus was CMO of Nimbuzz (mobile chat, messaging and VoIP provider), headed a mobile start-up, led Product Marketing for a major energy provider and held positions in Management- and Strategy Consulting.
Kobus holds an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management and degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pretoria. He has lived and worked in South Africa, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany.