Unprecedented Gathering Of China’s Mobile Leaders In Macau

Leaders of China Mobile and China Unicom to speak at Mobile Asia Congress

The 2008 edition of the GSMA’s Mobile Asia Congress will be the first event ever to bring together the leaders of China Mobile and China Unicom – two of the largest telecoms companies in the world’s most populous country. Wang Jianzhou, Chairman and CEO of China Mobile, Chang Xiaobing, Chairman of China Unicom, Lu Xiangdong, Vice President, China Mobile and Guo Ping, EVP Huawei & President of Huawei Terminals Business Group, will be among the keynote speakers at the Mobile Asia Congress in Macau on November 18-20. The Congress will provide attendees with an unparalleled insight into China’s huge and dynamic mobile market at a pivotal point in its development.

Now with almost 600 million customers, China’s mobile sector is in the midst of a major restructuring. At the same time China’s operators are rolling out 3G networks, which will provide their customers with a much broader and much richer range of services. At the Congress, Mr. Wang will give a keynote speech on sustainable growth, while Mr. Chang will speak on the future outlook of the mobile industry in China.

“Featuring several of the most senior executives in China’s mobile market, the Mobile Asia Congress will play a key role in setting the industry’s agenda for 2009,” said Craig Ehrlich, Chairman of the GSMA. “The Congress will also bring China’s mobile leaders together with their counterparts from India, Korea, Japan and other Asian countries, enabling them to exchange valuable insights into the future of this fast-changing industry.”

“Sustainability will be a key topic for Macau,” said Wang Jianzhou. “It is vital that the mobile industry, which has transformed communications across much of China, plays a major role in ensuring the future health of the environment in which we all live and work.”

“Around half of China’s population doesn’t yet have a mobile connection and the vast majority don’t have an Internet connection,” said Chang Xiaobing. “At the Mobile Asia Congress, we will further explore this huge opportunity for the further growth of our industry and for the Chinese economy.”

The GSMA is co-organising the Mobile Asia Congress 2008 at the Cotai Strip® CotaiExpo™, the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel with China Mobile and China Unicom. Telenor, one of the largest pan-Asia operators, is a platinum sponsor of the event. The conference programme will be supported by an exhibition showcasing the very latest handsets, network equipment and services.

Confirmed keynote speakers for the Mobile Asia Congress to date include:

  • Chang Xiaobing, Chairman, China Unicom
  • Wang Jianzhou, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, China Mobile
  • Ryuji Yamada, President & Chief Executive Officer, NTT DOCOMO
  • Manoj Kohli, President & Chief Executive Officer, Bharti Airtel
  • Richard Lowe, President Carrier Networks, Nortel
  • Guo Ping, EVP Huawei & President, Huawei Terminals Business Group
  • Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President & Chief Executive Officer, Telenor Group
  • Mikhail Shamolin, President & Chief Executive Officer, MTS
  • Shin Bae Kim, Chief Executive Officer, SKT
  • Barry Cottle, GM Mobile, Electronic Arts
  • Dr Tero Ojanpera, Executive Vice President Entertainment & Communities, Nokia
  • Michael Prebenda, Former Global Head, HSBC Direct, Strategic Projects Partner, Rosetta Marketing
  • Pushkar Sane, General Manager, Starcom Mediavest

Bona fide journalists can apply for a media pass to attend the Congress viahttp://www.mobileasiacongress.com

About the GSMA:
The GSM Association (GSMA) is the global trade association representing more than 750 GSM mobile phone operators across 218 countries and territories of the world. The Association’s members represent more than 3 billion GSM and 3GSM connections – over 86% of the world’s mobile phone connections. In addition, more than 200 manufacturers and suppliers support the Association’s initiatives.

The primary goals of the GSMA are to ensure mobile phones and wireless services work globally and are easily accessible, enhancing their value to individual customers and national economies, while creating new business opportunities for operators and their suppliers.

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