The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 230 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as the Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Expo.
The GSMA works on projects and initiatives that address the collective interests of the mobile industry, and of mobile operators in particular. We are undertaking strategic initiatives across several key areas including Spectrum, Connected Living, Near Field Communications (NFC) and Rich Communications.
- Spectrum – The GSMA is leading an ongoing global campaign to secure the spectrum required to meet the fast-growing demand for mobile broadband.
- Connected Living – The GSMA has created market development programmes to enable a wide range of devices across the education, healthcare, automotive and utilities sectors to benefit from wireless connectivity.
- NFC – The GSMA is working to accelerate the standardised deployment of mobile NFC, using the SIM as the secure element to provide authentication, security and portability across many different handsets.
- Rich Communications – The GSMA is working to drive the adoption of Rich Communications, which enables multimedia communications to be delivered in a simple and intuitive way from your address book, across any network and any device.
The GSMA also has programmes underway in many other areas. For instance, through the GSMA Development Fund, we focus on bringing together GSMA mobile operator members, the wider mobile industry and the development community to drive commercial mobile services for underserved people in emerging markets. In other projects, we are working to ensure that applications respect users’ privacy, and are efficiently using mobile networks; we are debating how best to ensure that investment in infrastructure and new services can continue to contribute to the economy; and we exploring how SIM cards and mobile devices can allow individuals to carry their identity with them to access places and services.
For more information on the GSMA’s full range of programmes and initiatives, please visit www.gsma.com.