Member Forums

The GSMA hosts a number of industry focused forums such as Financial Services, Manufacturing, Tower & Fibre and VoIP that serve to bring GSMA members and key stakeholders together around common sector-specific goals and challenges.

The aim of these forums is to create an environment that facilitates discussion, collaboration and ultimately action that drives technological or commercial advancement in these areas.

Many of these forums comprise of Sector Members as well as Operator and Industry Members and GSMA Activity Contributors. The GSMA Sector Member category of membership meets the needs of organisations in the wider mobile ecosystem that can benefit from understanding first-hand the emerging trends in mobile and technology evolution as well as closer working with mobile operators and other GSMA Members.

Tower & Fibre Forum

Mobile towers and the associated infrastructure are the key ingredients in delivering ultra-fast mobile connectivity into the hands of subscribers around the globe. With the advent of 5G, and future generation technologies just around the corner, what collaborative requirements are wanted for tower companies, infrastructure vendors and mobile network operators alike – from the densification of network infrastructure, upscaling network and edge compute capabilities to alternative infrastructure models (e.g. HAPS). GSMA membership provides the platform through which Tower & Fibre companies can understand and shape the answers to these questions as well as engaging key stakeholders across the mobile infrastructure community and beyond.

The Tower & Fibre Forum meeting at MWC Barcelona 2022 was attended by over 50 delegates representing 42 companies. The roundtable was chaired by Henry Calvert, Head of Networks at the GSMA. This roundtable addressed the Impact of HAPS (Intelsat), 5G RAN (Cellnex), Private Networks (American Tower), New Technologies (Transcelestial), Planning for the 5G Connected Era (MD7).

The full audio recording, slides and meeting report are available to GSMA members in Infocentre2.

Tower & Fibre Forum Round Table at MWC Barcelona 2022
VoIP Forum

Whether your business is delivering cutting edge voice services to a global hotel chain or supporting the latest voice services for mobile banking the opportunity for VoIP in the 5G era is compelling. By joining the GSMA, VoIP organisations can build strength as a community, understand first hand the emerging trends across the mobile landscape and help drive the future of voice communications. With access to a wealth of experts and mobile knowledge-base as well as discounts on core services and opportunities at the worlds’ largest mobile technology events, VoIP Sector Membership is helping members deliver even more for their customers and businesses.

The VoIP Forum meeting at MWC Barcelona 2022 took the form of a roundtable event and focused predominantly on voice fraud, fraud mitigation, STIR/SHAKEN & TDM. The roundtable was chaired by Carlos Bosch, Head of Technology, North America, at the GSMA, a presentation from Karl Heinz Frankeser, CIO, Ticinocom and included GSMA members Twilio, NGVoice and iConnectiv.

The full audio recording, slides and meeting report are available to GSMA members in Infocentre2.

5G Innovation and Investment Group (5G IN) Forum

GSMA 5G IN (5G Innovation and Investment Group) is helping to grow and leverage the rapidly expanding 5G start-up community. It was created by GSMA with 12 co-founding members: China Mobile Capital, China Telecom Investment, China Unicom Capital, China Mobile State Investment, China Broadband Capital, Chenshan Capital, Huawei, ZTE, Orient Securities Capital, CSDN, Shenzhen Valley Ventures and Deloitte China.

Established to meet the needs of the start-up community, 5G IN Activity Members can gain insights from leading investment organisations and academic communities in the mobile industry; connect with other high-quality start-ups in the fields of AI, IoT, edge computing, cloud computing, big data, 5G network, security, chipset, AR/VR/XR, Fintech & vertical applications; and foster innovation and investment to drive the commercialisation of 5G applications.

Manufacturing Forum

Through Sector Membership the GSMA is bringing together leading operators, mobile ecosystem players and manufacturing companies around the world in order to derive even more value for key stakeholders in the manufacturing space. 5G for IoT underpins the Industry 4.0 era by enabling manufacturing companies and their supply chain partners the opportunity to utilise emerging technologies such as AI and machine vision to give vastly improved visibility over all aspects of their business. Find out more about the most recent forum activities here.

Financial Services Forum

Driving increased collaboration between the financial services community and the mobile ecosystem, GSMA Sector Membership brings together mobile operators, financial services partners and vendors to explore areas of common interest, showcase the latest innovations and co-create new solutions. Find out more about the most recent forum activities here.

Please contact membership@gsma.com for more information.