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The first GSMA Mobile 360 – West Africa event

In West Africa, mobile is increasingly becoming critical for millions to access life enhancing services and solutions. With 175 million unique subscribers – accounting for 320 million mobile connections – West Africa is one of the fastest growing mobile markets ...

New Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone pre-installs RCS messaging based on GSMA Universal Profile

The new Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone will include in-built Rich Communications Services (RCS) capabilities based on the GSMA Universal Profile for Advanced Messaging out of the box, providing consumers with richer messaging experiences as well as access to features including ...

Highlights from Mobile World Congress 2017: Another record-breaking year

The 2017 edition of Mobile World Congress was once again a resounding success, attracting a record 108,000 visitors from 208 countries and territories worldwide. The event hosted more than 2,300 exhibitors featuring some of the most high-profile names in the mobile industry ...

Drones, Phones and Automobiles: How to reap the benefits of innovative technology AND foster trust

The civilian drone market is taking off. Drones could revolutionise current services, open up new ones and even improve people’s quality of life, but will consumers have to give up a little privacy to reap these benefits or can good privacy practices help enable innovation ...

GSMA Industry Programmes at Mobile World Congress 2017

The countdown to Mobile World Congress 2017 is nearing its end, with just one week to go before the event kicks off on 27 February.  Whilst exhibitors and attendees wait in anticipation for the mobile industry’s leading event, the GSMA prepares to showcase the latest ...

Planning your visit to Mobile World Congress 2017

The GSMA will once again convene the global mobile industry at Mobile World Congress 2017 taking place in Barcelona from 27 February – 2 March. This year’s theme is ‘The Next Element,’ and the annual industry showcase will highlight just how elemental mobile has become in ...

Convergence of digital identity policies will enable next-generation services

That the future of public services is digital is becoming increasingly apparent in Europe and internationally. Italy, for example, has launched its nationwide Public System for Digital Identity Management, or SPID, which facilitates access to e-government and public services ...

Making the most of spectrum resources benefits everyone

How to best assign licenses for mobile spectrum can seem like a tricky business. But getting it right will lead to big benefits for both consumers and the economy. To help, the GSMA’s Spectrum team has published a report entitled “Best practice in mobile spectrum licensing” ...

Growth of GSMA Mobile 360 Series in 2016

In 2016, the GSMA Mobile 360 Series took the conversation to key markets across the globe while facilitating engagement and networking among attendees. This year, the GSMA added two new events to the Mobile 360 Series – one dedicated to issues surrounding Privacy & ...

GSMA UNIVERSAL PROFILE FOR ADVANCED MESSAGING NOW AVAILABLE

We first announced that we were working to develop a Universal Profile for Advanced Messaging back in February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Now, just 10 months later, we have published the first release of the Universal Profile for Advanced Messaging, which will ...

There are lessons to be learnt from India’s 700 MHz auction

Some good can hopefully come of the failed sale of 700 MHz spectrum licenses from the latest multi-band auction in India. For regulators around the world planning to auction digital dividend spectrum, and indeed for India who is likely to reauction it, it serves as a great ...

GSMA Marketplace at the Forefront of the Changing Procurement Industry

A number of recent independent studies from financial advisory firm Deloitte, procurement specialists Zycus, and the GSMA have highlighted that the procurement industry is turning its attention towards the use of digital platforms to help connect buyers and sellers on a ...

Pro-Technology Framework Key to Development of the Internet of Things

A growing Internet of Things (IoT) will provide an array of significant socio-economic benefits to citizens and businesses around the world. The ability to connect everything from a washing machine to a street light will create numerous efficiencies, as well as give people ...

Spotlight on Innovation at GSMA Mobile 360 Series – Latin America

Whilst the mobile industry globally is already talking about 5G, much of the focus and reality in Latin America today revolves around driving innovation and services over LTE data networks. In fact, a recent GSMA Latin America study found that 10% of the population in the ...

GSMA Launches Self-Assessment Security Scheme For IoT Devices

Earlier this year, the Connected Living programme released the GSMA IoT Security Guidelines to promote the secure development and deployment of services in the growing Internet of Things (IoT) market. They were developed in consultation with the mobile industry with the aim ...

GSMA VoLTE Project Sees First Roll-Out in China

In a recent blog, we discussed how the GSMA’s Network 2020 programme was working with China’s mobile network operators, China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom, to negotiate the technological barriers preventing the deployment of advanced all-IP communications including ...

South Africans deserve better mobile broadband now

The South African regulator ICASA and the country’s Department of Telecommunications need to get over their differences, and move forward with an auction that promises to improve mobile broadband speeds and coverage. Last month there was finally some good news from South ...

New GSMA VoLTE Specification Removes Market Fragmentation

Voice over LTE (VoLTE) is one of the foundational next-generation communications services that global operators are providing to their customers, along with Video over LTE (ViLTE), Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) and Rich Communications Services (RCS). All of these are underpinned ...

Highlights from Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2016 – the biggest mobile event in Asia

Last week saw the return of Mobile World Congress Shanghai, with more than 53,000 unique visitors from 104 countries and territories attending the 2016 event, making it the largest Mobile World Congress Shanghai yet. Mobile World Congress Shanghai hosted nearly 550 ...

The need for 700 MHz spectrum can’t be underestimated

Why is 700 MHz so important? The answer is simple: most people getting connected during the next couple of years live in rural areas, and this band’s technical characteristics to support better coverage of these wide open spaces. The work to make the internet available to ...