Showing posts with label GSMA. Show all posts
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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

MWC Barcelona rescheduled for June 28

 Mobile World Congress Barcelona has been rescheduled for June 28th to July 1st, 2021.

The dates for Mobile World Congress Shanghai have been moved ahead to February 23-25, 2021.

Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA said: “With a continuously changing global outlook and following consultation with our board and membership and our top exhibitors, we have taken the careful decision to reschedule MWC21 Shanghai in February, and MWC21 Barcelona in June. The health and safety of our exhibitors, attendees, staff and the people of Barcelona are of paramount importance.”

Pau Relat, President of Governing board of Fira de Barcelona, said: “We fully support the GSMA’s decision to reschedule the dates for MWC Barcelona and are deeply committed to making the best possible 2021 edition with an extraordinary participation of companies and visitors. The long-standing partnership between the MWC, Fira and the city of Barcelona has been a very successful one for everyone, and I’m sure it will continue to be so in the future.”

Monday, August 24, 2020

GSMA advances its Network Equipment Security Assurance Scheme

Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia and ZTE, have successfully completed an assessment of their product development and lifecycle management processes using the GSMA’s Network Equipment Security Assurance Scheme (NESAS), which provides a security assurance framework to improve security levels across the mobile industry.

The NESAS scheme is a collaboration and jointly led by 3GPP and the GSMA, and is open to all vendors of network equipment products that support 3GPP defined functions.

“The GSMA recognises the support and participation of Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia and ZTE who have satisfied the scheme’s security requirements via an independent security audit and we congratulate them on achieving this important first step,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “By committing to NESAS, vendors are helping network operators, and other stakeholders make informed decisions about secure product development. We look forward to others participating in the scheme, evidencing their commitment to good security practice by promoting a security-by-design culture within the industry.”

During the second stage of NESAS, vendors will submit network equipment products to qualified test laboratories for evaluation. This stage involves laboratories running security tests, defined by 3GPP, and checking that the products undergoing evaluation have been developed under the assessed development and lifecycle management processes. The evaluation concludes with the production, by the test laboratory, of a valuation report that records the test results. The report is provided to the vendor who can make it available to its customers and other stakeholders at its discretion.

https://www.gsma.com/newsroom/press-release/gsma-announces-progress-on-network-equipment-security-assurance-scheme/

Monday, June 15, 2020

GSMA cancels MWC Los Angeles 2020

GSMA officially canceled MWC Los Angeles 2020, which had been scheduled for October 28-30, 2020.

"As a world-class event organiser, we have continued to watch the global trajectory of COVID-19, staying up-to-date with governments and health experts. Last February, in recognition of emerging global circumstances hosting MWC Barcelona, was impossible. Today, in light of current government guidance, continued global concern regarding the spread and containment of COVID-19, travel restrictions and other circumstances, and in consultation with our partner, CTIA, the GSMA announced that continuing with MWC Los Angeles 2020 is likewise, impossible.

While we are disappointed to cancel this event, health and safety remain our top priority, and we will not do anything that could impede or reverse gains made around the world. We are thankful for the medical community, essential workers and those working to eliminate this virus.

We look forward to continuing to engage in North America throughout the year and in the build-up to MWC Los Angeles 2021."

Monday, June 1, 2020

GSMA and O-RAN Alliance announce 5G Collaboration

The GSMA will support the O-RAN Alliance's efforts to accelerate the adoption of Open Radio Access Network (RAN) products and solutions that take advantage of new open virtualised architectures, software and hardware.

The organisations announced a collaboration to harmonise the open networking ecosystem and agree on an industry roadmap for network solutions, thereby making access networks as open and flexible as possible for new market entrants.

In its latest Mobile Economy Report, the GSMA predicts that operators will invest more than a trillion dollars over the next five years globally to serve both consumer and enterprise customers, 80 per cent of which will be on 5G networks.

“When 5G reaches its potential, it will become the first generation of mobile networks to have a bigger impact on enterprises than consumers,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “In the enterprise sector alone, we forecast $700 billion worth of economic value to be created by the 5G opportunity. The growth of the open networking ecosystem will be essential to meeting enterprise coverage and services needs in the 5G era.”

The GSMA and O-RAN ALLIANCE collaboration complements the recently announced interworking between the GSMA and Telecom Infra Project (TIP), and the O-RAN ALLIANCE and TIP. The goal for these collaborations is to help avoid fragmentation and accelerate the successful evolution of the industry towards a more intelligent, open, virtualised and fully interoperable RAN.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

MWC Shanghai 2020 is cancelled

The GSMA decided to cancel MWC Shanghai 2020, which was originally scheduled for June 30 to July 2, due to the global pandemic.

The GSMA hopes to find a suitable date and venue to hold regional conferences in China in the latter half of 2020.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

GSMA condemns attacks against mobile masts in the UK

The GSMA issued a statement condemning recent arson attacks in the UK on mobile masts. UK media reported fires in Birmingham, Belfast and Merseyside, and 5G cited conspiracy theories circulating on social media.

“The telecoms industry is working around the clock to keep vital health, education and emergency services online, businesses running, and friends and families connected,” said Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA, the global communications industry body. “It is deplorable that critical communications infrastructure is being attacked based on outright mistruths. We urge everyone to trust health authorities and rest assured communications technology is safe. There is no link between 5G and COVID-19.”

Thursday, February 27, 2020

GSMA leads Telco Edge Cloud initiative

GSMA is leading an industry effort to develop Telco Edge Cloud capabilities. The platform to be developed in 2020, will make local operator assets and capabilities, such as latency, compute and storage available to application developers and software vendors enabling them to fulfill the needs of enterprise clients.

China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, EE, KDDI, Orange, Singtel, SK Telecom, Telefonica and TIM are backing the initiative.

Objectives of the Edge Compute architectural framework and reference platform:

  • Be open and inclusive
  • Provide data protection and sovereignty mechanisms
  • Offer carrier-grade reliability, security, trustworthiness
  • Leverage existing technology solutions; as appropriate, including, but not limited to, aggregation platform solutions such as MobiledgeX, or the interconnection mechanisms developed as part of the GSMA MultiOperator MEC experience.


“Operators are very well placed to provide capabilities such as low latency through their network assets,” said Alex Sinclair, CTO at GSMA. “It is essential for enterprises to be able to reach all of their customers from the edge of any network. Based on the GSMA Operator Platform Specification, Telco Edge Cloud will provide enterprise developers and aggregators with a consistent way to reach connected customers.”

“Edge cloud will build a unified network edge ecosystem, providing diversified and customised products and services, and multiple platform capabilities. It will also realise more extensive boundary-crossing cooperation to meet the requirements of digital transformation of various vertical industries,” said Xiongyan Tang, the Chief Scientist of China Unicom Network Technology Research Institute and the Chief Architect of China Unicom Intelligent Network Center, China Unicom.

“Edge Cloud has an exciting potential to enable and enhance many innovative experiences for our customers. I welcome this operator initiative to take ownership of the edge opportunity by joining forces to deliver our capabilities in a federated edge service,” said Claudia Nemat, Board Member Technology & Innovation at Deutsche Telekom. “Leveraging MobiledgeX as platform partner and aggregator in the federation puts operators on the best track to create scale, bring in the developer community and make a market impact.”

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

GSMA officially cancels Mobile World Congress 2020

GSMA officially canceled Mobile World Congress 2020 in Barcelona due to the threat from the coronavirus.

John Hoffman, CEO GSMA Limited, states: "With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event."

https://www.gsma.com/newsroom/press-release/gsma-statement-on-mwc-barcelona-2020/

Thursday, February 6, 2020

GSMA's 3rd Coronavirus update: MWC remains on track

On Thursday, GSMA issued its 3rd bulletin in a week concerning the coronavirus, saying that it continues to monitor the situation and there remains minimal impact on MWC Barcelona 2020 thus far.

MWC Barcelona 24-27 February 2020, will proceed as planned, across all venues at Fira Gran Via Fira Montjuïc and La Farga L’Hospitalet, including YoMo and Four Years From Now (4YFN).


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

GSMA monitors potential impact of Coronavirus on MWC Barcelona

GSMA is monitoring and assessing the potential impact of the Coronavirus on MWC Barcelona 2020, which will occur 24-27 February 2020. So far, GSMA confirms that there have been no registration impacts on MWC Barcelona and that preparations for the event are continuing.

The GSMA will undertake the following measures:
  • Carefully follow and adhere to:  the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommendations, all applicable Chinese government recommendations, all Spanish health authority recommendations and all police/health recommendations and protocols
  • Provide additional medical personnel for on-site support in the run-up to and during the event
  • Work with Fira de Barcelona to ensure sufficient sanitising products throughout all venues and implement other activity in line with recommendations from our city partners
  • Support exhibitors who may not be able to travel to MWC Barcelona (via GSMA account managers or the Customer Care Team).


https://www.gsma.com/newsroom/statement/gsma-statement-on-coronavirus-for-mwc-barcelona-2020/

MWC19 Barcelona attendance hits record 109,000

Attendance at MWC19 Barcelona was 109,000, up slightly from recent years:

2019 - 109,000
2018 - 107,000
2017 - 108,000
2016 - 101,000

Visitors came from 198 countries and territories, and more than 55 percent of this year’s MWC attendees held senior-level positions, including 7,900 CEOs.

More than 2,400 companies participated at MWC19 across more than 120,000 net square meters of exhibition and hospitality space at Fira Gran Via.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

GSMA examines consumer 5G upgrade plans

The arrival of 5G will not guarantee a surge in device upgrades, according to new GSMA Intelligence research.

The newly-released Future of Devices report found that smartphone ownership among adults in most high- and middle-income countries is at 85-95 percent. However, only 30-40 percent of survey respondents in significant markets such as the US, Europe and Australia said the arrival of 5G is likely to result in a smartphone upgrade in the short term. By contrast, markets such as China and South Korea will be early adopters; nearly 50 percent of Chinese consumers say they will buy a 5G phone as soon as they are available.

“The device ecosystem will be critical in shaping the trajectory of 5G adoption,” said Peter Jarich, Head of GSMA Intelligence. “However, it’s a mistake to believe that consumers in every market will look at 5G upgrades in the same way. Operators and device manufacturers will need to understand consumer demand on a granular level if they hope to make the most of the 5G opportunity.”

The report is based on GSMA Intelligence’s 2019 Consumer Survey, which surveyed 38,000 respondents across 36 key markets, using a blend of online and face-to-face sampling methodologies.
 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

GSMA: 5G penetration in North America to hit 48% in 2025

Almost half of the mobile connections in North Amerca will be running on new 5G networks by 2025, according to a new GSMA study. This is being fuelled by operator spending on new networks, which is forecast to total more than $380 billion (Capex) between 2018 and 2025.

“Our new study highlights how the North America region is vying for global 5G leadership with pioneering mobile markets such as China, Japan and South Korea,” said Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA. “Investments in next-generation networks and services by operators has helped create an industry that is now worth a trillion dollars a year to the region’s economy, providing a platform for innovation, jobs and economic growth.”

Some highlights:

There were 321 million unique mobile subscribers in North America in 2018, representing 83 percent of the population. The number of subscribers is forecast to rise to 345 million (85 percent of the population) by 2025.
Around three quarters of the region’s mobile connections2 are running on 4G networks.
The share of 4G connections will decline over the coming years as the market moves to 5G. New 5G networks are forecast to account for 46 percent of connections by 2025.
Mobile technologies and services generated 4.2 percent of North America’s GDP in 2018, equivalent to $937 billion in economic value. This economic impact is forecast to increase to almost $1.2 trillion by 2023 (4.8% of GDP).
The region’s mobile ecosystem also supported 2.3 million jobs (directly and indirectly) and made substantial contributions to the funding of the public sector, with almost $123 billion raised through taxation last year (not including spectrum fees).
North America’s mobile sector is on track to generate $280 billion in revenue this year, a result of high levels of consumer engagement and spending on mobile services.

Monday, June 17, 2019

GSMA: 5G impacting weather forecasting is untrue

The GSMA issued a press statement asserting that 5G systems will not harm weather forecasting services, commercial satellite, radar and other applications using adjacent airwaves.

“5G and weather forecasts can and will co-exist – it’s ludicrous to suggest otherwise,” said Brett Tarnutzer, Head of Spectrum, GSMA. “To suggest that our 7-day forecast will go away with 5G is simply fake news. We cannot allow these scare tactics to prevent us from reaping the huge societal and economic benefits of 5G networks. We urge everyone to simply look at the facts and not get drawn in by misleading rhetoric.”

“We are asking Europe and other countries around the world not to let a campaign of misinformation close the door on a new world of possibilities that 5G will bring,” added Tarnutzer. “From mobile broadband at fibre-like speeds to the home to digital factories and precision surgery – without mmWave spectrum, none of these use cases will reach their full potential. Making decisions on 5G that aren’t based on the facts will seriously undermine the potential impact of 5G on communities and economies.”

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

GSMA: China’s mobile ecosystem equivalent to 5.5% of China’s GDP

China’s mobile ecosystem added RMB5.2 trillion ($750 billion) in value to the country’s economy last year, equivalent to 5.5 percent of China’s GDP in 20181, according to a new GSMA report.

Highlights:

  • China is the largest mobile market in the world, home to almost 1.2 billion unique mobile subscribers2 at the end of 2018, representing 82 percent of the country’s population;
  • More than two thirds (69 percent) of mobile connections in China3 are smartphones, with smartphone adoption expected to reach 88 percent of connections by 2025;
  • 77 percent of China’s connections are currently running on 4G networks – 4G adoption will peak in the coming years before falling as consumers migrate to next-generation mobile services;
  • China is set to become one of the world’s leading 5G markets with 460 million 5G connections forecast by 2025, which would account for 28 percent of China’s total connections by this point;
  • The RMB5.2 trillion ($750 billion) economic contribution by China’s mobile ecosystem in 2018 is forecast to grow to RMB6 trillion ($870 billion) by 2023;
  • China’s mobile ecosystem, directly and indirectly, supported 8.5 million jobs in 2018 and made a tax contribution to the public finances of government of RMB583 billion ($84 billion).
  • The number of licensed cellular IoT connections in China stood at 672 million at the end of 2018, supporting various industrial and smart cities applications.

The new report ‘The Mobile Economy China 2019’ is authored by GSMA Intelligence, the research arm of the GSMA.

“Our new report outlines how China’s mobile industry has been a key driver of economic growth, inclusion and modernisation – creating a new generation of digital consumers and transforming industry and society,” said Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA. “After spending billions over the last decade deploying 4G networks to all corners of the country, Chinese mobile operators are now set to invest a further RMB401 billion ($58 billion) over the next two years to prepare for and begin 5G rollouts, laying the groundwork for China to become one of the world’s leading 5G markets.”



https://www.gsma.com/r/mobileeconomy/china/

Sunday, February 24, 2019

GSMA: 1.4 billion 5G connections by 2025

The GSMA is predicting a relatively fast uptake of 5G with 1.4 billion global 5G connections by 2025, accounting for more than 15 percent of the mobile market, and up from a predicted, up from about 200 million 5G connections in 2021.

In a new report, ‘Intelligent Connectivity: How the Combination of 5G, AI, Big Data and IoT Is Set to Change Everything,’ the GSMA highlights how 5G networks, artificial intelligence (AI), smart platforms and the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to transform the lives of citizens and businesses around the world.

The report draws on fresh interviews with senior representatives from Deutsche Telekom, GSMA Intelligence, KT Corp, Telefonica and Vodafone.

"The combination of 5G, the IoT, Big Data and AI will impact almost every aspect of our daily lives from the way we consume entertainment to the "way in which we learn and interact with colleagues - all underpinned by ubiquitous hyper-connectivity, commented Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA. “The fusion of these transformative technologies will drive fundamental changes and intelligently connect everyone and everything to better future."


https://www.gsma.com/IC/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/22209-Intelligent-connectivity-report.pdf

Monday, February 18, 2019

GSMA: Policymakers should balance 5G security with cost

On the issue of securing 5G networks, the GSMA is calling on European policymakers not to lose focus on the big policy objectives – security, competition, innovation and consumer impact.

Specifically, the GSMA argues that an outright ban of equipment from Chinese vendors would "disrupt the equipment supply for the various segments of the network (access, transport and core), increase costs to European operators, businesses and citizens; delay 5G deployment by years across Europe and potentially also jeopardise the functioning of existing 4G networks upon which 5G is intended to be built."

The recommendation is for European policy makers to adopt a fact-based and risk-based approach, recognizing the mobile operators already have considerable experience in securing their networks; that government agencies and mobile operators already cooperate in safeguarding the integrity of telecommunications infrastructure; and that further testing by mobile operators and third-party laboratories could help assure confidence in the network.

https://www.gsma.com/newsroom/press-release/gsma-calls-on-europe-to-safeguard-network-security/

Monday, November 12, 2018

Orange's Stéphane Richard elected Chair of GSMA

The GSMA elected Stéphane Richard to serve as Chairman of its Board for the two-year period from January 2019 through December 2020. As GSMA Chair, Richard will oversee the strategic direction of the organisation, which represents more than 750 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as over 350 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem. Richard is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orange Group. He replaces Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises and current GSMA Chair, who will step down from the Board at the end of 2018.

The GSMA Board has also elected  Chua Sock Koong, Group Chief Executive Officer of Singtel Group, as Deputy Chair.

“I am honoured to be elected to serve as Chair of the GSMA and look forward to working closely with the rest of the Board, the GSMA leadership team and our entire membership to address the critical issues facing our industry and our customers,” said Stéphane Richard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orange. “Mobile operators and our wider industry have a key role to play in promoting a safer and more inclusive digital world, while building the infrastructure and services that will carry us forward as we enter this new era of intelligent connectivity.”

GSMA Board Members for the 2019-2020 Term

  • Juan Carlos Archila, Executive Vice President of International Relationships, América Móvil
  • Susan Johnson, Executive Vice President, Global Connections and Supply Chain, AT&T
  • Jamaludin bin Ibrahim, Managing Director/President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Axiata Group Berhad
  • Gopal Vittal, Chief Executive Officer, Bharti Airtel
  • Dr. Li Zhengmao, Executive Vice President, China Mobile
  • Liu Guiqing, Executive Vice President, China Telecom
  • Dr. Shao Guanglu, Executive Vice President, China Unicom
  • Srini Gopalan, Member of the Board of Management, Deutsche Telekom
  • Hatem Dowidar, Chief Executive Officer, International, Etisalat Group
  • Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
  • Christian Salbaing, Deputy Chairman, Europe, Hutchison
  • Rob Shuter, Group President and Chief Executive Officer, MTN Group
  • Alexey Kornya, President and Chief Executive Officer, MTS
  • Kazuhiro Yoshizawa, President and Chief Executive Officer, NTT DOCOMO
  • Stéphane Richard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Orange Group
  • Mathew Oommen, President and Member of the Board of Directors, Reliance Jio
  • Chua Sock Koong, Group Chief Executive Officer, Singtel Group
  • Jung Ho Park, President and Chief Executive Officer, SK Telecom
  • Marcelo Claure, Chief Operating Officer, SoftBank Group
  • Eng. Nasser S Al Nasser, Chief Executive Officer, STC Group
  • Julio Linares López, Member of the Board of Telefónica Companies, Telefónica
  • Sigve Brekke, President and Chief Executive Officer, Telenor Group
  • Andrew Penn, Chief Executive Officer, Telstra
  • Kaan Terzioğlu, Chief Executive Officer, Turkcell
  • Rima Qureshi, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Verizon
  • Vivek Badrinath, Chief Executive for the Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific Region, Vodafone Group

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

GSMA: U.S and Canada to lead in 5G migration

Coinciding with the opening of Mobile World Congress Americas (#MWCA18) in Los Angeles, the GSMA issued a prediction that the U.S. and Canada will experience the quickest adoption of 5G, ahead of other developed economies in Western Europe and Asia. A new GSMA report forecasts that almost half of all mobile connections in North America will be running on 5G networks by 2025.

Specifically, the report predicts there will be around 200 million 5G mobile connections in the USA and Canada by 2025, representing 49 percent of the projected total market by that point. The report also calculates that North America’s mobile ecosystem generated more than $830 billion in economic value last year, equivalent to 4 percent of the region’s GDP. 4G accounted for 70 percent of connections in the U.S. and Canada in 2017.

“Mobile operators in North America are now making record levels of investment to upgrade networks and acquire spectrum as we commence the 5G era,” commented Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA. “With nationwide mobile broadband coverage and high levels of smartphone ownership, consumers across the US and Canada are highly engaged and early adopters of new types of digital service and content – and we therefore expect these two markets to migrate rapidly over to new 5G networks over the coming years.”

“North American mobile operators are offsetting the decline of many traditional mobile services by successfully unlocking new revenue opportunities in content, IoT and – very soon – 5G,” added Granryd. “The early 5G use cases in the region are likely to focus on the provision of enhanced mobile broadband offerings to the consumer market, while services in areas such as autonomous vehicles, industrial and vehicular automation, remote medical surgery, and advanced AR and VR, will gain scale soon after.”

http://www.gsma.com/mobileeconomy/northamerica/

Friday, May 25, 2018

GSMA: NB-IoT and LTE-M in the 5G context

According to the GSMA, 24 mobile operators to date have commercially launched 48 Mobile IoT networks worldwide across both NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies and by 2025 there will be 3.1 billion cellular IoT connections, including 1.8 billion licensed LPWA connections.

In June, 3GPP is expected to complete Release 15, which will include NB-IoT and LTE-M as 5G Mobile standards.

3GPP will also not include any additional LPWA requirements in its next release, meaning that NB-IoT and LTE-M will coexist with other 3GPP technologies and fulfill long-term 5G LPWA requirements.

“While people often associate 5G with super-fast mobile broadband speeds, it will also serve a variety of use cases often with diametrically opposed requirements such as low data rates and long battery life as with the case of Mobile IoT,” commented Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “Licensed NB-IoT and LTE-M networks are already delivering trusted connectivity today to millions of devices around the world, and these networks will continue to be a fundamental component of our 5G future ushering in an era of massive IoT.”

These trends are discussed in a newly published report from GSAM called "NB-IoT and LTE-M in the 5G context."

Sunday, May 13, 2018

GSMA: Central America falls behind in mobile development

Mobile broadband development in Central America is lagging behind the rest of Latin America, putting the region’s future economic development at risk, according to the new report ‘Assessing the impact of market structure on innovation and quality: Driving mobile broadband in Central America’ released by the GSMA.

The 52-page report examines the development of mobile broadband in six countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama) and finds that while 4G networks are available to 35 per cent of the population in Central America, the technology still only accounts for around 5 per cent of all mobile connections in the region, a sixth of that seen in South America.

“Closing the gap in 4G adoption in Central America requires urgent policy reform,” said Sebastián Cabello, Head of Latin America, GSMA. “This report underscores the need for governments and regulators to act quickly in reforming policies that will encourage investment and innovation and enable operators to deliver high-quality mobile broadband services to consumers and businesses across the region.”

The GSMA report can be downloaded here