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The GSMA, or GSM Association

The GSMA, or GSM Association, is an industry organization that represents the interests of mobile network operators worldwide. The association’s members come from across the mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers, and internet companies, as well as organizations in adjacent industry sectors.

Here are key points about the GSMA:

1. Foundation and Members:

  • Founded: In the 1980s.
  • Members: Over 750 operators with almost 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.

2. Objectives and Activities:

  • Standardization: Working to standardize mobile technology and promote interoperability between different systems and networks.
  • Policy Advocacy: Advocating for policies that support the growth and development of the mobile industry.
  • Research and Reports: Providing research, data, and analysis on the mobile industry.
  • Events and Conferences: Organizing industry events, including the Mobile World Congress, one of the largest annual events in the mobile industry.

3. Mobile World Congress (MWC):

  • One of the GSMA’s most notable activities is organizing the Mobile World Congress, held annually in Barcelona, Spain. This event brings together companies from across the mobile industry and related sectors, providing a platform for networking, showcasing new products, and discussing industry trends and challenges.

4. Sustainability and Social Impact:

  • The GSMA also focuses on leveraging mobile technology to address societal challenges and promote sustainability.

5. Global Influence:

  • With its broad membership base and range of activities, the GSMA has a significant influence on the direction and development of the mobile industry globally.

6. Headquarters:

  • The GSMA is headquartered in London, UK (here).

The GSMA plays a crucial role in shaping the future of mobile technology and ensuring that the benefits of mobile are realized across the world.