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Smart Telemetry Tags used to capture underwater data that will help monitor climate change

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LPWA Helping to Track Wildlife and Provide Data on Climate Change; University of St Andrews Developing New Smart Tags to Track Seals Using NB-IoT Technology

21 February 2017, London: The University of St Andrews Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) is developing smart telemetry tags using Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT) technology to track and monitor the movement of harbour seals and research their population decline. NB-IoT is a Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) technology that was standardised by the GSMA’s Mobile IoT Initiative and will play a fundamental role in the emerging ‘Internet of the Seas’ by capturing underwater data that will help to monitor climate change.

The new sensors being developed by SMRU will be harmlessly attached to the seals in order to log detailed data on the animals’ behaviour, such as location and dive depth, as well as temperature, salinity and, eventually, underwater sound. Low power devices and networks in licensed spectrum vastly improve wildlife tracking by enabling more efficient tracking tags that are smaller and less intrusive.

SMRU expects to trial the new NB-IoT enabled marine tags later this year. In 2016, it successfully gathered information for analysis from harbour seals in Orkney, Scotland, using machine-to-machine (M2M) technology. Mobile IoT networks have the potential to deliver improvements in mobile coverage and the built-in device modules offer battery life superior to devices reliant on conventional cellular technologies.

“The GSMA is supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by exploring how mobile technology can be utilised to capture vital information to support wildlife conservation projects around the world, as well as protect the oceans, seas and the species living in them,” commented Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “The intersection between Mobile IoT technologies and global conservation projects such as this is exciting, timely and powerful and will play a fundamental role in helping to achieve healthy and productive oceans.”

The Internet of the Seas
NB-IoT technology can also be used to support the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), a UNESCO programme that coordinates global ocean data from different governance bodies. NB-IoT can help monitor climate change by means of low energy sensors and data relay channels that capture information on the temperature and salinity of the oceans. Combined and standardised with data from other sea monitoring systems, such NB-IoT-derived data will help provide scientists and oceanographers with accurate information on the world’s oceans. Tagging animals with smart tags also helps scientists to use their mobility and diving skills to explore both distant and deep parts of oceans.

“NB-IoT technology is the future of our research and allows us to springboard from the success of our previous work using M2M technology and capture far more detailed data in a much more efficient way,” said Dr Bernie McConnell, Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St Andrews. “Many species, both marine and aquatic, are under threat. NB-IoT is ideally suited to be a global carrier of animal information that will provide vital data needed to inform and benefit wildlife conservation worldwide.”

SMRU was approached by the Scottish Government to investigate why seals on the east coast of Scotland and the Northern Isles were in serious decline with a 70 per cent reduction over the last ten years. The natural habitat of animals around the world is being impacted by climate change that is disrupting food chains and biodiversity. The research is ongoing but the possible reasons for the decline could be food limitation, disease, aggression from grey seals, predation by killer whales, and poisoning from harmful algal blooms. A crucial element will be in discovering where the threatened seals feed at sea.

The GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative
LPWA networks are a high-growth area of the IoT designed for M2M applications that have low data rates, require long battery lives and operate unattended for long periods of time, often in remote locations. They will be used for a wide variety of applications such as industrial asset tracking, safety monitoring, water and gas metering, smart grids, city parking, vending machines and city lighting. The GSMA’s Mobile IoT Initiative is designed to accelerate the commercial availability of LPWA solutions in licensed spectrum. These licensed standards allow operators to optimise their existing mobile network infrastructure through an upgrade to LTE-M for LTE networks, while NB-IoT can use both 2G and 4G spectrum. It is currently backed by 30 of the world’s leading mobile operators, OEMs, chipset, module and infrastructure companies. The GSMA Mobile IoT initiative is supporting the industry with multiple global pilots with full commercial solutions expected in market later this year.

Mobile IoT at Mobile World Congress 2017
At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the GSMA’s Connected Living Programme will host the ‘GSMA Global Mobile IoT Summit’ with leading industry experts on Sunday, 26 February from 13:00 – 17:30. The session will explore how the industry is working together to realise the full potential of Mobile IoT. There will also be a separate session, ‘Mobile IoT (LPWA) – Open for Business’, on Wednesday, 1 March from 13:30 – 15:30 that will provide an opportunity to learn about the latest commercial rollouts, launches and pilots. There will also be number of demonstrations of LPWA technology at the GSMA Innovation City located in Hall 4 in Fira Gran Via. For more information or please visit www.gsma.com/connectedliving/event/mobile-world-congress-2017/ or download the Connected Living IoT Guide to MWC 2017:
http://www.gsma.com/connectedliving/iot-guide-mwc17/. For more information on the GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative go to: www.gsma.com/connectedliving/mobile-iot-initiative/

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Source: GSMA

GSMA Innovation City returns to Mobile World Congress

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Innovation City Offers Immersive Experiences from Companies Including AT&T, Cisco Jasper, Huawei, KT Corporation, Sierra Wireless and UNLIMIT by Reliance Communications

The GSMA Innovation City returns to Mobile World Congress, once again inviting visitors to explore a city-like environment and experience immersive demonstrations of the most cutting-edge mobile enabled products and services in the world today. The City will address a wide range of industry topics such as 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), security and identity, with an increased emphasis on interactive, experiential and immersive installations that illustrate how mobile impacts virtually every aspect of our lives across transport, health, home and retail. The Innovation City, which is one of the key attractions at Mobile World Congress and welcomed nearly 30,000 visitors last year, has been relocated to Hall 4 to accommodate more partners and experiences than ever before.

“The GSMA Innovation City is a living, breathing hub for mobile technology and one of the most popular destinations at Mobile World Congress. This year’s City focuses on experiences that put mobile technology in context to help people understand how it will impact their lives,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “We look forward to welcoming visitors to a newer, larger City this year, packed with unusual and engaging demonstrations that showcase the depth and breadth of innovative mobile solutions, from a connected auto-rickshaw with an IoT emergency button to a connected seal that can help monitor climate change.”

The GSMA Innovation City features exhibits from AT&T, Cisco Jasper, Huawei, KT Corporation, Sierra Wireless and UNLIMIT by Reliance Communications. The GSMA will also highlight its key programmes and initiatives including Connected Living, Managed Services, Mobile Connect, Mobile for Development and Network 2020, as well as its work supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Showcasing a Range of New Experiences
The Innovation City will showcase an array of interactive experiences:

AT&T – AT&T will showcase its latest innovations across entertainment, the Internet of Things, 5G, security and more. Visitors will be able to experience:

  • What it’s like for AT&T mobile customers to take their TV with them virtually anywhere they go data free with the DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW apps.
  • Live demonstrations on how to achieve speed and precision with flexible, highly secure networking in a software defined world.
  • How AT&T’s IoT solutions are innovating and accelerating Smart Cities, integrated fleets, connected cars, healthcare and more.
  • AT&T Digital Life®, an all-digital, fully integrated smart home security, automation and energy management solution.

CISCO JASPER – Cisco Jasper will enable visitors to experience IoT services in a life-like smart city environment. Visitors will see how businesses globally are using the Control Center automated connectivity platform to deliver connected services that enhance their customers’ experiences and create new sources of revenue. Examples will include:

  • Connected car solutions ranging from electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that eliminate range anxiety, smart parking meters that alert drivers to open parking spaces nearby, to remote performance and vehicle security management.
  • Health monitoring wearables that give the elderly greater independence while ensuring that they remain connected to loved ones, caregivers and healthcare providers.
  • Security and automation solutions for industrial and small business applications that contribute to producitvity, efficiency and peace of mind.
  • City buses that communicate directly with IoT-connected traffic solutions that help reduce traffic and pollution by keeping vehicles moving more smoothly through the city during commute times.

HUAWEI – Huawei X Labs and its partners will demonstrate its innovative explorations in mobile across a number of vertical industries including:

  • Connected Drone: Experience how mobile broadband enables drone tracking in public safety scenarios, precise positioning in urban areas and battery charging anywhere.
  • Mobile gaming: Try out the future of gaming with a multi-sensory experience via motion capture and virtual reality.
  • Mobile video: Experience video of the future with 8K panorama and how networks are meeting the demand of larger formats.
  • Connected car: Experience how 5G networks manage connected cars.
  • Connected robotics: See how robotics can perform manual tasks via the mobile network.

KT CORPORATION – KT will demonstrate its global 5G leadership and innovative technologies:

  • Experience a winter sports luge ride and interact with K-POP stars in the Virtual Reality Zone.
  • See how an IoT-enabled safety jacket can help keep people safe at sea or in the mountains.
  • Try out innovative new IoT devices such as NEOFIT, a new health band with health-related services and GiGA Eyes, a cloud-based security camera.
  • Experience innovative big data solutions including KT-MEG (Micro Energy Grid) Platform and Smart Gate.

SIERRA WIRELESS – Sierra Wireless is building the Internet of Things with intelligent wireless solutions that empower organisations to innovate in the connected world. The Start with Sierra Experience will feature:

  • A chance to drive the world’s fastest connected car and see what it’s like to move at the speed of sound.
  • The opportunity to pilot a drone around Barcelona with exclusive simulators that highlight hazards on land and in the sky to enable safe flight on a broad scale.
  • A live network demonstration of how next-generation LTE-M technology improves cellular coverage for smart water applications.

UNLIMIT POWERED BY RELIANCE – Unlimit, Powered by Reliance, is the first independent IoT business unit launched in India and a gateway for all global companies looking to access the Indian market. It enables companies to set up and grow their IoT business by getting to market faster, scaling quickly with high service reliability and low cost of ownership. Demonstrations will include:

  • An opportunity to experience a connected Indian auto-rickshaw for the first time.
  • Unlimit’s new application enablement platform where developers and customers can easily connect, manage and extend IoT deployments.
  • Unlimit Control, the first Indian cloud based platform which enables you to launch, manage and monetize IoT/M2M services for connected devices.
  • Partnerships with Cisco Jasper for their world class IoT connectivity platform and Cumulocity, the leading independent Device and Application Management IoT platform.

GSMA INDUSTRY PROGRAMMES
The GSMA programme will also include a number of exhibits and experiences highlighting its key industry programmes:

  • See how innovative NB-IoT Low Power Wide Area tags are helping to track seals in the wild and monitor climate change.
  • Experience how Mobile Connect is becoming the identity solution of choice for a new generation of services such as instant age verification and face recognition for airline check-in, amongst others services.
  • Step inside a Jaguar Land Rover F Pace car to experience the impact of 5G technology.
  • See how smart cities applications are helping with crowd control, as well as water and traffic management.
  • Experience how innovative Mobile IoT devices such as connected screwdrivers and connected waste bins utilise pressure and temperature sensors.
  • Experience how a new messaging platform is helping consumers get closer to brands.
  • See how innovative LTE Broadcast technology is delivering dynamic advertising and incident information in bus shelters.
  • See how big data is being used to support our environment and improve the way food get from the farm to the plate.
  • Learn how the mobile industry is supporting the Sustainable Development Goals through a unique augmented reality-based experience.
  • See how the GSMA’s Mobile for Development programme is transforming rural communities in emerging markets and offering innovative solutions to weather forecasting, smart irrigation, solar energy, cooking gas, mobile health and mobile money.
  • Visit the GSMA IMEI Checkpoint to see how delegates can locate and record their device serial number (IMEI) showcasing how, if their phone is lost or stolen, it can be blocked by networks around the world.

Visit the Innovation City in Hall 4, Fira Gran Via
This year the GSMA Innovation City is located in Hall 4, Stand 4A30 in the Fira Gran Via and will be open during Mobile World Congress exhibition hours from Monday, 27 February through Thursday, 2 March. Please note that the City will close at 5:15pm on Tuesday, 28 February for a private reception.

Source: GSMA

Sierra Wireless wins GSMA Asia Award for best Mobile Technology Breakthrough

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Project mangOH™ open hardware reference designs for IoT recognized for technology innovation at Mobile World Congress Shanghai
Sierra Wireless  have announced that mangOH™ Open Hardware for IoT won the GSMA’s Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough – Asia Award at Mobile World Congress Shanghai.

mangOH is the industry’s only open hardware purpose built for cellular, with industrial-grade components that can be used to manufacture connected products. From idea, to prototype, to production, mangOH reference designs provide industrial-grade sensor-to-cloud platforms for building wireless IoT solutions. Designs are published under a business-friendly open source license, which allows IoT developers to prototype and test ideas in days instead of months, with minimal investment. Just as the Mini Card standard simplified development for the laptop, tablet, and networking industry, mangOH provides plug and play hardware for IoT developers.

“We are truly honoured to receive this award, which recognizes our technology leadership in IoT and our continuous efforts to innovate,” said Philippe Guillemette, Chief Technology Officer at Sierra Wireless. “Project mangOH provides IoT developers with open source, ready-to-use, extensible hardware that also leverages our open source Legato™ software framework. Turning IoT concepts into reality is now at everyone’s fingertips, in a matter of weeks instead of months. We believe that using and creating open source technologies is mandatory for realizing IoT’s potential.”

“We extend our congratulations to all of the winners and nominees at our first Asia Mobile Awards here at Mobile World Congress Shanghai,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “The AMOs recognise everything from game-changing mobile devices and technologies to applications and services available in all Asian markets, but perhaps more importantly, they underscore the hugely positive impact of mobile communications for people, business and society. Many thanks to all of our entrants, judges, sponsors and partners for supporting the 2016 Asia Mobile Awards.”

The Asia Mobile Awards are the sister awards programme to the Glomos – or Global Mobile Awards – the mobile world’s leading stage for industry recognition.  They are designed to honour achievement, excellence and innovation in mobile communications across the dynamic and incredibly diverse Asia-wide region. Awards are presented across five categories, including Best Mobile Apps, Connected Lifestyle, Mobile Devices, Technology Innovation and Outstanding
Achievement, all of which underscore the extraordinarily positive impact of mobile communications for people, business and society. For more information, visit http://www.asiamobileawards.com.

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Source: Sierra Wireless

Telecom Italia urges 2017 NB-IoT deployment

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LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS SHANGHAI: Luigi Licciardi, head of standards and technology disclosure at Telecom Italia, wants the industry to keep up momentum on the road to commercialising Narrowband (NB)-IoT, insisting that roll-out should not be delayed past 2017.

Licciardi said he has been concerned by talk at Mobile World Congress Shanghai which suggested the launch of the low power wide area (LPWA) network for IoT could be pushed to 2018, stating bluntly that the industry “needs this technology available as soon as possible”.

Speaking on a panel at the event alongside representatives from Vodafone and Chinese operators China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom, Licciardi said business had to begin in 2017, a timeframe also targeted by its European rival.

“The industry has started to do proof of concept, and a range of pilots and trials, but in all honesty we need this technology available to address the important issues. I was worried when I heard 2018, because the model is not particularly complex. We need to have the compatible chipsets and devices available as soon as possible.”

Licciardi’s urgency could be explained by the fact that the NB-IoT standard is one of many LPWA technologies on the market, with competition coming from established proprietary rivals such as Ingenu, Sigfox and the LoRA Alliance. The NB-IoT standard was only officially ratified by 3GPP earlier this month.

Earlier in the week at the GTI Summit, Luke Ibbetson, Vodafone’s head of strategy and R&D, however played down competition in LPWA, as he described NB-IoT “as the real deal”.

Do more than connections                                           
During today’s panel, all five operators opened up on how they were now ramping up their efforts to test use cases for the network in their labs, and Huang Yuhong, deputy general manager at China Mobile and vice chair of the NB-IoT Forum, said operators should look to do more than just provide connections for IoT.

“Connections is not enough,” she said. “We can also build service platforms and help development, which means we can provide more value added service. By doing more, we can also provide more integrated solutions for our customers.”

Source: Mobile World Live

China preps ground for 5G with plea for C-band spectrum

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LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS SHANGHAI: China is devoting substantial resources to accelerate the development of 5G, because existing technology won’t be able to keep up with the country’s soaring data demand.

Xie Feibo, director general of the Radio Regulations Bureau, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), said the reason behind this push is simple: China has the largest population in the world, which means at some point it will have the largest data flows.

“Currently technologies are not sufficient to handle the coming data flows as we move from human-to-human communications to M2M, and spectrum in the future has to support broadband and narrow-band channels. Each square metre will have at least one million connections. So how much spectrum do we need? It’s a huge amount. The government has given me the very big job to find a way to support these future data flows,” he said.

During his presentation today, in the Collaboration in Asia for Spectrum for 5G session, Xie said the government’s attitude towards 5G has been extremely supportive, with initiatives to mobilise all of the ministry’s resources to enable developments.

He called on all players in the mobile ecosystem to “please concentrate” on C-band spectrum to prepare for the early adoption of 5G. China is focused on the 3.3-3.6GHz band in the first phase. He acknowledge that this band will not be enough, so the industry also needs to adopt new principles, the most important of which is sharing.

“Please prepare to accept this concept and start looking to share network resources with other radio services, such as the satellite industry, which can create new opportunities. In the new age of spectrum usage, spectrum sharing is key,” he said.

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John Giusti, chief regulatory officer at GSMA, explained that long-term spectrum planning is essential even at this early stage of 5G development, with collaboration and harmonisation essential to success.

“China, Japan and South Korea have an unprecedented opportunity to work together to harmonise spectrum, particularly as we look above 6GHz.”

Giusti also noted that as we talk about 5G we shouldn’t lose focus on current networks, since LTE and 3G will be what most people use to connect for the foreseeable future.

Source: Mobile World Live

Experience the Connected City of the future at Mobile World Congress in Shanghai

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Experience the future of Mobile technology with GSMA’s Innovation City, Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2016. Enter a real life city setting, and see first-hand how mobile-connected products and services are improving the lives of people at home, in leisure and work.

Do you want to make a real difference to your business, and to society as a whole? If so, visit the GSMA Pavilion to find out how our members are working together on exciting new products, innovation and industry defining initiatives that are changing the mobile landscape.

The GSMA and partners such as Huawei, AkyumenIntel and DTS will immerse you in the possibilities for businesses and consumers with the power of mobile connectivity. Innovation City brings to life everyday experiences, showcasing the forefront of mobile innovation. 

Join Korea Telecom to explore the connected home of the future, experiencing how mobile technology enhances your everyday life. Walk into a store of the future with NAES and MyFc, and see for yourself how car and automotive are changing with Mobile technology. A visit to Innovation City also includes the chance to get hands on with the latest in IoT in the Innovation Park, including a GSMA led virtual reality experience.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of Innovation City at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 29th-1 July, Hall N3.

Source: GSMA

GSMA Welcomes 3GPP Completion of LPWA Technologies

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New Standards Will Help Mobile Operators Drive Adoption of Commercial LPWA Solutions

The GSMA welcomes the 3rd Generation Partnership Project’s (3GPP) decision to standardise three Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) technologies in licensed spectrum in Release 13. The specifications which were completed today, address the growing IoT market and include a new technology called Narrow-Band IoT (NB-IoT), as well as pre-existing evolved technologies, EC-GSM-IoT and LTE MTC Cat-M1, that will cover all LPWA use cases, ensuring customer choice and helping the Internet of Things (IoT) market to flourish.

“The GSMA established the Mobile IoT Initiative with the specific purpose of aligning the mobile industry behind common and complementary LPWA technologies in licensed spectrum and we are pleased that the industry has moved so quickly to adopt them and that they have now been ratified by 3GPP,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “Mobile operators have already started a number of pilots around the world and this agreement over common standards will help accelerate the development of commercial solutions and ensure they are in market much faster, providing customers with more choice.”

LPWA networks are an emerging, high-growth area of the IoT that complement and extend conventional wide area networks that make use of 2G, 3G and 4G cellular technologies. These new standards will allow operators to optimise their existing high-quality mobile network infrastructure through an upgrade to EC-GSM-IoT for 2G networks and LTE-MTC for LTE networks, while NB-IoT can use both 2G and 4G spectrum to deliver a secure, reliable and robust performance.

The GSMA Mobile IoT initiative is backed by 30 global mobile operators, device makers and chipset, module and infrastructure companies and has helped the industry align on common technology standards in licensed spectrum for the emerging LPWA market. LPWA networks are designed for M2M applications that have low data rates, require long battery lives and operate unattended for long periods of time, often in remote locations. They will be used for a wide variety of applications such as industrial asset tracking, safety monitoring, water and gas metering, smart grids, city parking, vending machines and city lighting.

For more information on the GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative go to: http://www.gsma.com/connectedliving/mobile-iot-initiative/

4G CONNECTIONS HIT ONE BILLION AS MOBILE BROADBAND MOMENTUM EXTENDS TO THE DEVELOPING WORLD

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New Study Sees 4G Market Double in 2015; Industry Accounts For 4.2% of Global GDP

The number of 4G mobile connections worldwide has surpassed the one billion mark and is on track to account for a third of all mobile connections by 2020, according to a new study by the GSMA. The 2016 global edition of the GSMA’s ‘Mobile Economy’ series of reports points to an accelerating technology shift to 3G/4G mobile broadband networks across both developed and developing markets, which is fuelling digital innovation, smartphone adoption and mobile data growth. The study calculates that the mobile industry made a $3.1 trillion contribution to the world economy last year, equivalent to 4.2 per cent of global GDP.

“Our new report reveals that mobile broadband is now a truly global phenomenon, extending high-speed connectivity and services to citizens in all corners of the world,” said Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA. “The unprecedented growth in mobile broadband last year is testament to the billions of dollars that mobile operators have invested in next-generation networks, services and spectrum in recent years. Mobile is now the most ubiquitous platform for people and businesses to connect and innovate in today’s digital economy.”

4G accounted for one billion of the 7.3 billion mobile connections1 reached by the end of 2015. The number of 4G connections doubled in 2015, largely as a result of the increase in 4G network deployments in the developing world. At the end of the year there were 451 live 4G (LTE) networks available in 151 countries, with almost half of these in the developing world. 4G is forecast to account for around a third of the almost nine billion mobile connections expected by 2020. Mobile broadband networks (3G and 4G) accounted for 50 per cent of connections in 2015, a figure set to rise to 70 per cent by 2020.

The combination of increasing mobile broadband access and rising smartphone adoption is contributing to an explosion in mobile data usage. Smartphones accounted for 45 per cent of mobile connections in 2015 (up from just 8 per cent in 2010) and a further 2.6 billion smartphone connections are expected to be added over the next five years. Mobile data volumes are forecast to grow at a CAGR of 49 per cent over the next five years – a more than seven-fold increase – approaching 40 exabytes per month by 20202. This will be equivalent to a global average of 7 gigabytes per subscriber per month.

The number of unique mobile subscribers3 worldwide stood at 4.7 billion at the end of 2015, equivalent to 63 per cent of the world’s population. Unique subscribers are forecast to reach 5.6 billion by 2020, by which point more than 70 per cent of the global population are expected to have a mobile subscription. More than 90 per cent of subscriber growth over the next five years is forecast to come from developing world markets.

Mobile Contributing to GDP, Jobs and Public Funding 
The global mobile industry added $3.1 trillion in economic value to the global economy in 2015, equivalent to 4.2 per cent of GDP4. This is predicted to rise to $3.7 trillion by 2020. The industry also directly and indirectly supported 32 million jobs in 2015 (forecast to rise to 36 million in 2020) and contributed $430 billion to public funding in the form of various types of taxation, a figure expected to grow to $480 billion in 2020 based on current levels of taxation. This public funding contribution excludes fees paid by operators for spectrum licences, which generated more than $90 billion for governments around the world last year as operators continued to acquire the spectrum they require to deploy mobile broadband.

The widespread availability of mobile networks is accelerating the ability to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. From improving access to vital services such as education, healthcare and financial services, to delivering smart agriculture and electricity management solutions, building resilient infrastructures or closing the gender gap, mobile technology is central in addressing a range of socio-economic development challenges. However, the report also notes the need for regulation to keep pace with rapid innovation.

“The fast pace of change means regulation can quickly become obsolete, irrelevant or, in some cases, harmful – distorting competition, slowing innovation and ultimately depriving consumers of the benefits of technological progress,” added Granryd. “Recognising these challenges, the mobile industry is calling on policymakers worldwide to adapt out-dated market regulations to reflect the new digital ecosystem.”

The new report ‘The Mobile Economy: 2016’ is authored by GSMA Intelligence, the research arm of the GSMA. To access the full report and related infographics please visit:http://gsmamobileeconomy.com/2016/global/.

Source: GSMA

GSMA Releases Remote Provisioning Specification to Help Consumers Connect Mobile Devices

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Backed by the World’s Largest Mobile Operators, SIM Vendors and Device Manufacturers; Common Specification Lets Consumers Add a Comprehensive Range of New Devices to a Mobile Subscription

London: The GSMA today released a specification that allows consumers to remotely activate the SIM embedded in a device such as a smart watch, fitness band or tablet. This new specification, which is the first output from the GSMA’s industry-backed Consumer Remote SIM Provisioning initiative, will enable consumers to add a new generation of devices to a mobile subscription and connect them securely to a mobile network.

“This is the only interoperable and global specification that has the backing of the mobile industry and lets consumers with a mobile subscription remotely connect their devices to a mobile network,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “This new specification gives consumers the freedom to remotely connect devices, such as wearables,  to a mobile network of their choice and continues to evolve the process of connecting new and innovative devices.”

Mobile network operators, mobile device manufacturers and SIM vendors have worked closely together through the GSMA initiative to deliver a specification that will allow consumers to easily activate the SIM embedded in a range of devices with a subscription from a mobile network operator of their choice. The initiative does not aim to replace all SIM cards in the field, but is instead designed to help users connect multiple devices through the same subscription and will help mobile device manufacturers to develop a new range of smaller, lighter mobile-connected devices that are better suited for wearable technology applications.

The specification is backed by the world’s largest operators including AT&T, CK Hutchison, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, EE, KDDI, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Rogers, SFR, Sprint, Telefónica, Telenor, TeliaSonera, Telstra, TIM, Transatel, Verizon and Vodafone. It is also supported by SIM and chipset vendors including Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, Morpho (Safran), Oasis Smart SIM, Oberthur Technologies, Qualcomm, STMicroelectronics, and Valid, as well as device makers including Apple, Huawei, LG, Microsoft, Sony and Samsung. Telecom equipment provider Nokia and security provider Trustonic also support the specification.

The GSMA will also release an additional specification in June 2016 that will include remote provisioning for any mobile device.

For further information on the GSMA Remote SIM Provisioning Initiative please visit:  http://www.gsma.com/remoteSIMProvisioning.

 

 

 

NEW GSMA STUDY CALLS FOR FUNDAMENTAL REVIEW OF DIGITAL ECOSYSTEM REGULATIONS

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London: The GSMA has published a new report calling for the modernisation of telecommunications regulations. “A New Regulatory Framework for the Digital Ecosystem”, developed by NERA Economic Consulting for the GSMA, explores how the pace of regulatory reform has failed to match the speed of change in the digital world, in particular with the emergence of a range of internet-based services and applications and a converged digital ecosystem. The study recommends a forward-looking, technology-agnostic regulatory framework, driven by clear policy objectives around consumer protection, innovation, investment and competition.

“The telecoms regulations in place today are largely the same as those used to regulate the technologies and markets of the last century. There is no place for analogue rules in today’s dynamic digital age, where consumers face an expanded array of competitive choice in a converged marketplace,” said John Giusti, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA. “In many cases, changes in technologies and markets have eliminated the need for certain regulations – or at least dictate the need to change the form or application of them. The GSMA urges policymakers to review existing market structures, reform out-dated regulation and ensure a level competitive playing field to protect consumers and enable innovation.”

Current Regulatory Imbalances
The collective growth in mobile broadband access, smartphones and internet technology has fostered new mobile voice and messaging communication services. While these new services compete directly with traditional communications services, including those offered by mobile operators, they are not subject to the same rules, including rules for collecting and using customer data.

“This discriminatory regulation distorts competition, stifles innovation and hurts consumer welfare,” continued Giusti. “Today’s dynamic and competitive markets require more non-discriminatory and technology-agnostic policies. Reforms are needed to ensure that consumers continue to benefit from innovation and investment, while being protected and regardless of the type of the company or technology providing the service.

Key Principles for a Modern Regulatory Framework
To accommodate the complexity of today’s converged digital ecosystem, the GSMA’s new report recommends that policymakers should incorporate three key principles as they work to modernise regulatory frameworks:

  • Regulatory objectives can best be met by focusing on the services delivered to consumers, not the type of company or technology that delivers them.
  • Measurable, performance-based approaches should be favoured over prescriptive regulations, promoting market dynamism and driving consumer welfare.
  • Policymakers should take a fresh look at legacy rules and discard those that are no longer relevant, applying a consistent set of criteria throughout the ecosystem.

“The GSMA is committed to actively pursuing an informed, constructive and evidence-based dialogue with policymakers to promote much-needed reform of out-dated regulatory frameworks,” concluded Giusti. “By applying consistent and flexible standards across the digital ecosystem that apply to all market players, policymakers can enable an environment of fair and sustainable competition that promotes the best interests of consumers and fosters economic growth.”

The full report is available at www.gsma.com/new-regulatory-framework

Source: GSMA