Yonsei University – Study Trip in London and Barcelona

The GSMA recently hosted 17 post-graduate students from Yonsei University in South Korea as part of a week-long study trip. Organised by the GSMA London and Barcelona offices, the week consisted of a mix of industry visits and sessions at GSMA offices delivered by subject matter experts. The aim of this study trip was to provide students with a platform for sharing their own experiences as industry stakeholders and equip them with the latest industry insights, supplementing their post-graduate studies in IT & Media Strategies.

The week began in London, where students had the opportunity to learn more from GSMA experts in areas such as Regulatory Modernisation, Spectrum, Big Data for Social Good, Strategic Foresighting (GSMA Radar) and International Relations. These sessions allowed students to achieve a greater understanding of the various opportunities and challenges facing the mobile industry today.
There were also presentations by representatives from the satellite start-up Open Cosmos and the UK telecommunications regulators Ofcom. Open Cosmos is working with mobile operators to provide backhaul for cellular IoT solutions. The London activities ended with an intensive session on the Internet of Things and a visit to BT’s Infinity Lab in Moorgate, where students had the opportunity to learn more about BT’s latest technological innovations, particularly on drones.

Students then travelled to Barcelona visiting Pier01, a tech hub for over 100 start-ups, where they learned more about various Mobile World Capital projects. Mobile World Capital is an initiative driving the mobile and digital transformation of society while helping improve people’s lives globally. They also visited Telefonica, where they engaged with start-ups and learned more about how the operator is driving and supporting innovation. The students also attended a presentation by the Government of Catalonia at Torre de Collserola, Barcelona’s main telecommunications tower, where they learned more about Smart Cities and regional investment, enjoying the city views from 560 metres above sea level. We look forward to welcoming Yonsei back next year.