Co-operation Partners

Several industry standard bodies, groups and NGMN Alliance work closely together to attain the goal of a coherent vision for the mobile evolution beyond 3G. We are always open to develop new relationships and alliances, which will benefit our partners. You can get in touch with us by emailing office(at)

Co-operation Partners


The NGMN Alliance joined 3GPP as a Market Representation Partner, bringing with it high level representation from the world’s leading operators and manufacturers, to help 3GPP to ensure that mobile broadband services continue to meet the expectations of end users.

About 3GPP

Created in 1998, The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) unites telecommunications standards bodies from Asia, Europe and North America.
The scope of 3GPP is to produce Specifications for a Mobile System based on evolved GSM core networks and the radio access technologies that they support. To ensure backward compatibility, the 3GPP scope also includes the maintenance and development of the base GSM Specifications to ensure that they are optimised to give the best possible user experience on legacy mobile networks.
Recent success with the creation of LTE and Systems Architecture Evolution (SAE) Specifications has made 3GPP the focal point for Mobile Broadband systems and a genuine contender as ‘the’ point of convergence for future Specifications for mobile networks.


The 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership, in short 5G PPP, has been initiated by the EU Commission and industry manufacturers, telecommunications operators, service providers, SMEs and researchers. The 5G PPP will deliver solutions, architectures, technologies and standards for the ubiquitous next generation communication infrastructures of the coming decade.

5G Americas

5G Americas, a wireless industry trade association representing the 3GPP family of technologies, and the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance are aligned in support of the development and commercialization of next generation mobile broadband technologies and services.

About 5G Americas

5G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of leading telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The organization's mission is to advocate for and foster the advancement and full capabilities of LTE wireless technology and its evolution beyond to 5G, throughout the ecosystem's networks, services, applications and wirelessly connected devices in the Americas. 5G Americas is invested in developing a connected wireless community while leading 5G development for all the Americas. 5G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington and officially announced the change of the organization’s name from 4G Americas on February 12, 2016. More information is available at Follow our news on Twitter at @5GAmericas and Facebook at


ATIS member companies develop the standards and solutions that are creating the future of the information and communications technology (ICT) industry.

From efforts to realize the cost benefits of cloud services, to standards underpinning the nation’s emergency communications system, to improvements in data access to support health care delivery, or developing new avenues to interactive sources of entertainment, ATIS’ work makes ICT innovation possible.

Through involvement in our committees and forums, ATIS member companies achieve their technical potential and business objectives. They also get a strategic view of the future of technology to help them better position their products and services. ATIS members further benefit from valuable networking opportunities with other companies leading change in our industry, as well as the insights of leading CIOs, CTOs and other thought leaders.


ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for ICT (Information and Communications Technologies), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet technologies.

About ETSI

We are officially recognized by the EC (European Commission) as a European Standards Organization. The high quality of our work and our open approach to standardization has helped us evolve into a 'European roots - global branches' operation with a solid reputation for technical excellence. ETSI is a not-for-profit organization with more than 700 member organizations drawn from over 60 countries world-wide. Thanks to globalization, our members operate in an increasingly international and competitive environment. An independent organization based in the technical park of Sophia Antipolis in the south of France, we are committed to serving our members and assisting in the development of their market potential. We are also active in vital areas related to standardization such as interoperability, including protocol testing and methodology and we also offer forum-hosting services.

Global Certification Forum

Global Certification Forum – GCF – is an active partnership between network operators, device manufacturers and the test industry. In the ten years since its inception in 1999, GCF has created an independent certification programme to help ensure global interoperability between mobile devices and networks. By providing the focal point for the world's most experienced practitioners in conformance testing, field trials and certification, GCF establishes global best practice for the certification of mobile phones and the ever-expanding range of devices that incorporate wireless broadband connectivity. As its contribution to the smooth introduction of LTE, GCF started working on a global certification scheme for LTE devices in March 2008.


The GSMA, the global trade body for the mobile industry, and the NGMN Alliance, the group focused on the evolution to the next generation of mobile networks, have agreed to cooperate to help steer the development of mobile broadband communications to give customers a compelling mobile broadband experience.

About GSMA

The GSM Association (GSMA) is the global trade association representing more than 750 GSM mobile phone operators across 218 countries and territories of the world. The Association's members represent more than 3 billion GSM and 3GSM connections - over 86% of the world's mobile phone connections. In addition, more than 200 manufacturers and suppliers support the Association's initiatives as key partners. The primary goals of the GSMA are to ensure mobile phones and wireless services work globally and are easily accessible, enhancing their value to individual customers and national economies, while creating new business opportunities for operators and their suppliers.


Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) is a virtual open platform to advocate cooperation among global operators to promote TD-LTE. GTI is formed to create value for stakeholders across the TD-LTE ecosystem for early adoption of the technology and convergence of TD-LTE and LTE FDD.

GTI was founded by leading international mobile network operators in 2011 to meet the demands for growing mobile broadband and explore new opportunities across industry and public segments.


OMA is the leading industry forum for developing market driven, interoperable mobile service enablers.

The goals of OMA

  • Deliver high quality, open technical specifications based upon market requirements that drive modularity, extensibility, and consistency amongst enablers to reduce industry implementation efforts.
  • Ensure OMA service enabler specifications provide interoperability across different devices, geographies, service providers, operators, and networks; facilitate interoperability of the resulting product implementations.
  • Be the catalyst for the consolidation of standards activity within the mobile data service industry; working in conjunction with other existing standards organizations and industry fora to improve interoperability and decrease operational costs for all involved.
  • Provide value and benefits to members in OMA from all parts of the value chain including content and service providers, information technology providers, mobile operators and wireless vendors such that they elect to actively participate in the organization.

Small Cell Forum

The Small Cell Forum, formerly known as the Femto Forum, supports the wide-scale adoption of small cells. Small cells are low-power wireless access points that operate in licensed spectrum, are operator-managed and feature edge-based intelligence. They provide improved cellular coverage, capacity and applications for homes and enterprises as well as metropolitan and rural public spaces. They include technologies variously described as femtocells, picocells, microcells and metrocells. The Forum has 137 members including 63 operators representing more than 1.71 billion mobile subscribers - 33% of the global total - as well as telecoms hardware and software vendors, content providers and innovative start-ups.


Taiwan Association of Information and Communication Standards (TAICS) is a non-governmental and non-profit standards development organization (SDO) founded in June 2015. The objectives of TAICS are to provide a platform connecting Taiwan industry, academia, and research, and to bridge between the local industry and global standard initiatives/organizations. TAICS focuses on Advanced Mobile Communication, Network Communication, Mobile Internet Device, Audiovisual Services and Communications, Network and Information Security, Testing and Certification, and Intelligent Green Buildings ICT.

The mission of TAICS:

  1. Consolidate all ICT stakeholders to synergize standardization affairs.
  2. Facilitate collaborative development of standards to meet Taiwanese industry needs.
  3. Assist our members to interact with/ participate in international standard-developing activities and forums.
  4. Recommend and adjust foreign standards for consideration Taiwan industries adoption; promote Taiwan-formulated standards to international.


The TD Industry Association (TDIA), the group promoting the rapid and healthy development of the TD-industry, and the NGMN Alliance, the group focussing on the evolution of next generation mobile networks, have established a cooperation agreement to support the globally harmonized development of next generation mobile broadband technologies and services.

About TDIA

The TD-SCDMA Industry Alliance is a social organization formed voluntarily by the enterprises and government-sponsored institutions who actively commit themselves to the cause of TD-SCDMA and engage themselves in R&D, production, manufacture and service of the TD-SCDMA standard and products. The Alliance have created " to perfect and promote TD-SCDMA standard" as our purpose, " to improve R&D level, production level and manufacture level" as our missions. By integrating and coordinating the industry resource, we promote the rapid and healthy development of TD-SCDMA industry and realize the popularization and application of TD-SCDMA both in China and global telecommunication market.

TM Forum

NGMN Alliance and TM forum have signed a co-operation agreement to work together on optimised management systems and operations of the next generation of mobile networks. The agreement aims at facilitating the delivery of solutions that provide Operational Efficiency enhancements for next generation multi-technology networks.

About TM Forum

With more than 700 corporate members in 195 countries, TM Forum is the world's leading industry association focused on enabling best-in-class IT for service providers in the communications, media and cloud service markets. The Forum provides business-critical industry standards and expertise to enable the creation, delivery and monetization of digital services. TM Forum brings together the world's largest communications, technology and media companies, providing an innovative, industry-leading approach to collaborative R&D, along with wide range of support services including benchmarking, training and certification. The Forum produces the renowned international Management World conference series, as well as thought-leading industry research and publications.

UMTS Forum

Industry fora the UMTS Forum and NGMN Alliance have signed a co-operation agreement between the two bodies. The agreement aims to support successful development and commercialisation of next-generation mobile broadband systems beyond 3G/HSPA (High Speed Packet Access).

About UMTS Forum

Founded in 1996, the UMTS Forum is an international industry association that is committed to the success of Third Generation (3G) UMTS mobile systems and their Long Term Evolution. Bringing together players from across the mobile industry on a peer-to-peer basis, the UMTS Forum promotes a common vision of 3G/UMTS and its evolution, as well as its worldwide commercial success. Membership of the UMTS Forum is open to everybody with an interest in 3G/UMTS mobile – including fixed and mobile network operators, infrastructure vendors, terminal device manufacturers, regulators, media/content providers and developers of 3G/UMTS services and applications.


The Wireless Industry Partnership (WIP), the group focusing on the needs of the developer and ISV within the mobile ecosystem, and the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance have established a cooperation agreement to open up a joint dialogue with application developers with the objective to drive innovation in the area of future mobile broadband services.

About WIP

WIP is a trustworthy and highly professional company that focuses on the needs of the developer and ISV within the mobile ecosystem. WIP provides frameworks and environments that enable developers and ISVs to connect to the important information, resources and people for success. We have a unique understanding and relationships with the mobile developer community, and deep domain knowledge of developer programs and tools and resources available to support developers.

WIP is known as the 'connector' for the wireless and mobile industry making the path easier for mobile developers/ISVs, to reduce cycle times and increase innovation in the mobile ecosystem. We give emerging wireless companies an extra edge in getting products and services to market with our global partnerships and these activities: WIP Mobile Jam sessions, WIPwiki and Go to Market Services.

Wireless World Research Forum

WWRF and the NGMN Alliance plan to work together to enhance the cooperation between commercial development and ongoing research activities.

About Wireless World Research Forum

WWRF is established as a non-profit association, founded in August 2001 under Swiss law, with its seat in Zurich, Switzerland, with a financial and organisational structure. WWRF is an open and independent organisation and is open for collaboration with all international bodies. It now has over 130 members from five continents, representing all sectors of the mobile communications industry and the research community. The objective of the forum is to formulate visions on strategic future research directions in the wireless field, among industry and academia, and to generate, identify, and promote research areas and technical trends for mobile and wireless system technologies. It is developing a common global vision for the future of wireless to drive research and standardization. In addition to influencing regional and national research programmes (such as the European Union’s FP7 programme) WWRF members contribute to the work done within the ITU, UMTS Forum, ETSI, 3GPP, 3GPP2, IETF, and other relevant bodies regarding commercial and standardisation issues derived from the research work. The Forum is unique in bringing together industry and academia from across the globe in an active discussion of new concepts, algorithms and techniques. Members discuss how new insights will impact on provision in typical application areas and on value chains in the future. It provides a unique networking opportunity, and the Forum strongly urges everybody to become a part of it, by attending the regular meetings, contributing to the work on the working groups, and by joining the Forum.