GSMA Projects Continue to Advance in North America

The GSMA North American team has been working hard over the last year to improve engagement with our member MNOs in the USA and Canada. We are pleased to report evidenced of the growing support for our programs, that will bring benefit to our members and assist our GSMA initiatives towards overall targets set out for the coming year.

Personal Data Program

  • The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) pilot involving AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon continues.  The pilot is a private sector led partnership that aims to enable mobile based identity and access management technologies.
  • In early November, the program hosted a Mobile Connect Ecosystem Workshop in Atlanta. The session was attended by over 40 mobile identity experts and featured a keynote address by William Pence, CTO, AOL. Other speakers included Robert Blumenthal from Enstream and Gonzalo Fliguer from Telefonica Argentina. The session was highlighted by some lively debate and discussion about potential ways to continue to advance the field of Mobile Identity.


(Mobile Connect Workshop attendees listen to Keynote William Pence, CTO, AOL)


Connected Living Program

  • After the Mobility Live event in Atlanta, the Connected Living Program hosted a Global LTE-M Summit.   This session presented the perspective of IoT Customers looking to deploy services and applications that require the unique attributes of the 3GPP LTE CatM1 technology. Further, key decision makers from the mobile ecosystem, including chipset, module/device manufacturers, network equipment providers and mobile operators, discussed their services and applications, and potential collaboration with LTE CatM1 Customers for 2016 and beyond.  Speakers included Samir Saini (CIO, City of Atlanta), Xu JianminVice (Director of Cellular IoT Product Line, Huawei) and Gus Vos (Chief Engineer, Technology Standards, Sierra Wireless)


(Panel discussion at Global LTE-M Summit in Atlanta)


In addition, the North American office recently renewed our annual agreement with the Wireless Technology Forum as the group’s Industry Advocate Partner. As a partner, the GSMA supports the Wireless Technology Forum by providing educational materials from the vast GSMA Intelligence data base and the partnership provides an excellent opportunity for the GSMA to forge deeper relationships with key, Atlanta area, wireless leaders and sponsors of the WTF.

To get involved in GSMA projects, contact the North American Team now.

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