GSMA Outlines Details of GSMA Thrive 2020 Virtual Platform Series

Pre-registration is Open for all GSMA Thrive Events

28 July 2020, London: After the hugely successful inaugural Thrive China event, the GSMA today announced full details of the GSMA Thrive 2020 series of events. Through GSMA Thrive, the virtual convening platform gives participants the quality 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 continues to showcase world-class content and explore new ways for the industry to engage, interact and network. The GSMA is committed to unlocking the power of connectivity so that people, industry, and society thrive and are pleased to offer GSMA Thrive 2020 keynotes and online sessions to all attendees without charge. Please visit


“GSMA Thrive China was our first foray into a virtual offering, to build relationships, deliver meaningful solutions for our future and continue to convene the global ecosystem, and it was a huge success,” said John Hoffman, CEO GSMA Ltd. “The GSMA Thrive platform shows how that while in-person events are not possible at this time, the GSMA is continuously creating ways to connect global decision-makers and industry leaders until we can all meet again in person.”


GSMA Thrive 2020 Event Series

GSMA Thrive events connect the mobile industry to share ideas, drive innovation and impact the technological landscape and will include keynote addresses, online presentations and panel sessions which contain unrivalled insights and best practices. 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.


Thrive Africa                                                             29 September – 1 October

Topics: Accelerate Africa, Building Wakanda, Generation Digital Citizen, Health of the Internet, Leadership for Connectivity, One People One Purpose

Founding Partners: Mastercard, MTN, Orange and ZTE

Policy Leaders Forum Partners: Facebook and Safaricom

Sponsored by: Africa50, Famoco, Standard Bank, and The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers Include:

  • Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
  • Stéphane Richard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orange, Chairman of Board, GSMA
  • Rob Shuter, CEO, MTN
  • Jorn Lambert, Chief Digital Officer, Mastercard


Thrive North America featuring the CTIA 5G Summit      27 – 29 October           

Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Disruptive Innovation, Data and Disruption in the 5G Era, IoT

Lead Partner: Verizon

IoT Theme Partner: Telit

5G Theme Sponsor: Ericsson


Sponsored by: Celerway Communication, Celona, ETS-Lindgren, Global Certification Forum, Infoblox, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Korea International Trade Association, Mavenir, NSYS Group, NTT DOCOMO USA, Skyworks Semiconductor and Zyxel


Thrive Shenzhen                                                                   29 – 30 October

Topics: Innovation for Digital Cities in the 5G Era – Digital Government, New Consumption, Future Smart Home, Future Pan-Entertainment, and Future Mobility

Digital Government Forum Partner: Dell Technologies


Thrive Asia Pacific                                                               3 – 5 November         

Topics: Empowering a New Digital Nation, Material Movements: Smart Logistics and Supply Chains and Digital Resilience, Reshaping Companies for a Digital Era, Retail and Delivery in the New Normal, The ASEAN Digital Economy

Sponsored by: Facebook


Thrive Eurasia                                                                       11-12 November       

Topics: 5G, Digital Resilience, FinTech and Value Creation


Thrive Latin America                                                            1-3 December           

Topics: Connected Everything, IoT and Cybersecurity, Leadership for Connectivity,

Lead Partner: América Móvil

Sponsored by: Facebook


Get Involved in the GSMA Thrive 2020 Series

Pre-registration is now open for all GSMA Thrive events. Please visit For more information on THE GSMA Thrive 2020 series, please visit, Follow developments and updates through our social media channels – on Twitter @GSMA using #GSMAThrive, on LinkedIn or Facebook at


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, Shanghai and Los Angeles, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.

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