GSMA Launches ‘GSMA Thrive’ Virtual Convening Platform

GSMA Thrive China First Event in Virtual Series

London: the GSMA today announced the launch of the GSMA Thrive series, with the inaugural GSMA Thrive China event taking place 30 June – 2 July at A virtual industry convening platform, GSMA Thrive will give ‘attendees’ the quality convening experience that they have come to expect from the world’s leading mobile industry association. While the world adapts to the challenges of physical distancing, the GSMA will offer the best of the industry’s voices and perspectives to learn from and to connect. The GSMA is committed to unlocking the power of connectivity so that people, industry, and society thrive and are pleased to offer GSMA Thrive China 2020 keynote and online sessions to all attendees without charge. Please visit

“At a time when connectivity has never mattered more, the GSMA is excited to offer a new online stage. This is the first of a series of exciting enhancements to achieve GSMA’s Vision: to unlock the power of connectivity so that people, industry and society thrive,” said John Hoffman, CEO GSMA Ltd. “Like our physical events, our new GSMA Thrive platform shows how the GSMA is continuously innovating ways to harness the collective knowledge of global decision-makers and industry leaders. GSMA Thrive China brings people together to build relationships and deliver meaningful solutions for our future.”

GSMA Thrive China builds on the extensive work the GSMA is doing advancing the industry in China and globally, and consists of three-days of online activities that bring GSMA’s development and advocacy efforts together with the industry’s brightest minds. The virtual platform is designed to provide world-class content and explore new ways for the industry to engage, interact and network. GSMA Thrive China includes keynote addresses, online presentations and panel sessions which contain unrivalled insights and best practices. For the first time there will be a virtual exhibition that provides additional opportunities targeted at start-ups and innovative companies, all of which aim to help businesses recover and emerge more robust than ever.

Execs from Across the Mobile Ecosystem to Keynote
Industry leaders will discuss key topics in the regional and globally, such as Accelerated Digital Transformation, AI, Covid-19 Public Health Emergency Response, the Future of IoT, 5G Innovation and Investment and the 5G Era. Executives scheduled to headline the three-day virtual programme include:

  • Rachmat Kaimuddin, CEO, Bukalapak
  • Yang Jie, Chairman, China Mobile
  • Ke Ruiwen, Chairman and CEO, China Telecom
  • Yoriko Goto, Chair of the Board, Deloitte Tohmatsu Group
  • Minette Navarrete, President, Kickstart, Globe Telecom
  • Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
  • Wang Jianzhou, Senior Advisor, GSMA
  • Guo Ping, Rotating Chairman, Huawei
  • Cristiano Amon, President, Qualcomm Inc.
  • Andrew Penn, CEO, Telstra
  • Anna Yip, CEO, SmarTone

The GSMA is pleased to be working with several partners across GSMA Thrive China including Event Partner GTI; Theme Partners Huawei and ZTE and 5G IN Partners Deloitte, Fibocom Wireless Inc., Huawei and ZTE.

5G Innovation and Investment Group – 5G IN
The GSMA’s 5G IN initiative, launched in China by the GSMA in September 2019, partners with investors to explore future disruptors and opportunities in the 5G era. Since its inception, it has spearheaded many novel engagements with start-ups, entrepreneurs, verticals and ecosystem stakeholders. At GSMA Thrive China, the GSMA continues its exploration through carefully curated programmes on emerging growth areas such as new infrastructure, AI in Networks, mmWave, IoT, 5G security, and 5G messaging (RCS). The events include complimentary online classes via the 5G IN Academy, closed-door business matching sessions for 5G IN investor partners and start-ups. We are additionally proud to introduce the inaugural 5G IN Award that looks for the most innovative start-ups in China, which will be decided by a senior panel of academia, investors and industry executives. GSMA Thrive China is developed and powered Yoda Technology, a 5G IN start-up company.

Get Involved in GSMA Thrive China
GSMA Thrive China registration is open now For more information on GSMA Thrive China, Follow developments and updates through our social media channels – follow us on Twitter @GSMA using #GSMAThrive, on our LinkedIn page or Facebook at GSMA Thrive China is the first of many new events hosted on GSMA Thrive. Follow other GSMA news and activity on Twitter @GSMA.

Hoffman concluded, “While we would always rather chat with a person than an avatar, there are many meaningful takeaways and inspired insights that we can offer via GSMA Thrive, which harness the collective knowledge of our industry’s best minds. So until we meet again, welcome to GSMA Thrive China.”



About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators and nearly 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.

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