One role of the GSMA is to articulate the common views of its global members on public policy and regulatory issues. Sometimes these views take the form of a ‘consultation response’, whereby the GSMA responds to a government’s outreach to industry on a particular issue. Often, a commissioned report or white paper encapsulates an industry position, or lays out the argument for a specific policy approach.
Now, for the first time, the GSMA has collected its global policy positions under one virtual cover — the Mobile Policy Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to the Issues. The handbook currently comprises 32 topics, ranging from spectrum harmonisation to mobile phone theft and international mobile roaming.
The handbook is intended for government policymakers and industry regulators, mobile-sector professionals, journalists, analysts and external parties who have a stake in ubiquitous, well-functioning mobile telecommunications.
Here, the GSMA’s Chief Government and Regulatory Affairs Officer, Tom Phillips, explains the value of this new, ‘living resource’ that will serve as an important portal to mobile-sector issues and regulatory best practice.