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Connected Women – Accelerating the Rise of the Female Digital Economy

Two weeks ago, Atlanta hosted the 3rd annual global Connected Women event, titled ‘Accelerating the Rise of the Female Digital Economy’. The event attracted a host of speakers from different industries to discuss a wide range of subject areas including the digital skills ...

Dubai to Host Second GSMA Mobile 360-Series Middle East

In less than a weeks’ time the Dubai World Trade Center will play host to the GSMA’s Mobile 360-Series Middle East conference for the second year running. Held on October 13th and 14th, the event is designed to appeal to the specific interests of mobile operators and other ...

Driving M2M: AT&T becomes one of the first global operators to offer an M2M solution based on the GSMA Embedded SIM specification

Last week, US telecoms operator AT&T announced the arrival of its ‘’Single SIM solution’’ making it the first operator in the world to announce the use of a global SIM designed according to the GSMA Embedded SIM specification. So what’s the significance of this ...

Long Term Revolution: VoLTE Comes of Age

We first discussed the speed of operator Voice over Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) deployments back in June when there seemed to be a never-ending parade of news outlining operator commitments and plans. Three months on and we are starting to see some real traction in the ...

New iPhone the latest chapter in the smartphone success story as attention turns to emerging markets

The unveiling of the latest generation of iPhones this week – the ‘iPhone 6’ and the larger-screen ‘iPhone 6 Plus’ – come (roughly) 20 years after the launch of the first-ever commercially available smartphone. The IBM Simon was no iPhone. It cost $900, weighed the same as ...

Welcome to Mobile 360……

It’s not long until the 2nd annual GSMA Mobile 360 Series of events kicks off in September! We’re excited to bring you four interesting and thought-provoking conferences, each emphasising critical opportunities and challenges in mobile, on a regional basis – over the ...

NTT DOCOMO offers software programmable embedded SIM

In June 2014, Japanese mobile operator NTT DOCOMO announced the first embedded Subscription Identity Module (SIM) in Japan. The embedded SIM is software programmable and can register phone numbers and mobile data in the form of subscriber identities of mobile ...

GSMA: Key Steps to Best Practice in Digital Commerce

Many of the world’s mobile operators are exploring, testing or launching services that support digital commerce, such as mobile payments, retail loyalty and couponing, and transport ticketing. While many of these services are still in their formative stages, there have been ...

Continued momentum of digital commerce in 2014

A thriving digital commerce market is a key pillar of the digital economy. With the increased use of smartphones and tablets, digital commerce has become an important focus for banks, merchants, transport operators and other vertical markets. Digital commerce has progressed ...

Mobile Asia Expo through Google Glass

Basketball acrobats, fashion runways, a Chinese pop sensation and George, a connected canine crowd pleaser. These were some of the highlights at this year’s Mobile Asia Expo (MAE) and were all captured using Google Glass. GSMA Marketing Manager Kelly Hoang used the wearable ...

Another successful show in Shanghai

Last week in Shanghai, over the course of three days, more than 26,000 people from 93 countries and territories took part in the GSMA Mobile Asia Expo. Offering a range of new experiences for both the business and consumer attendee alike, the 2014 edition was the GSMA’s ...

Digital commerce continues to grow in China

With this year’s GSMA Mobile Asia Expo hosted in Shanghai for the third time in 2014, it is a perfect opportunity to explore what is happening in the country’s digital commerce sector. The statistics about internet use in China continue to impress — there’s already ...

Loud and clear: operators moving the future of voice on

It won’t have escaped your attention that over the past few weeks a number of global operators have made significant announcements regarding Voice over LTE (VoLTE) deployments, particularly in Asia and North America. Operators including AT&T, NTT DOCOMO, PCCW-HKT, ...

Preventing mobile payment services from being misused to monetise child sexual abuse content

In 2008, an international group of mobile operators joined forces to create the GSMA Mobile Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Content. This group committed to working collectively on their shared objective of ensuring individuals or organisations wishing to consume, share ...

Reality check: new technology cannot meet growing mobile data demands alone

4G is rapidly gaining traction and the industry is already looking at the next generation of mobile technologies. But in the excitement, we risk forgetting that new technologies are only half of the mobile broadband story. A key reason why networks are faster than ever ...

Countdown to Shanghai….

In just about three weeks’ time, we will be opening the doors to over 24,000 business and consumer attendees of Mobile Asia Expo 2014 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in China (SNIEC). Our third Mobile Asia Expo, taking place 11th-13th June, promises to be the ...

GSMA Invites London Schoolchildren To Build Mobile Apps To Mark Girls In ICT Day

This Thursday, the GSMA Connected Women team will host an interactive app building workshop to celebrate Girls in ICT Day, the ITU’s annual initiative and global effort to raise awareness on empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider studies and careers in ...

Understanding 7 Billion: Counting Connections and People

Over at GSMA Intelligence (www.gsmaintelligence.com), we have a ticker that counts the number of global mobile connections. Last week, the ticker flipped past 7 billion, a significant milestone, and a moment we (almost) captured in this screenshot. The global population is ...

Digital Entrepreneurship in Kenya 2014

If you haven’t travelled to Africa lately, you may not be aware that a mobile evolution is occurring. Not only are more and more people owning phones and accessing mobile services, but developers are also seizing the opportunity to build businesses leveraging mobile ...

Mobile World Congress 2014 is just around the corner…..

Mobile World Congress 2014 is just around the corner and everyone is gearing up for the show. If you’re new to the event, you may be wondering how you should prepare for it. Well, don’t just take our word for it – in addition to the official tips on the Mobile World Congress ...