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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)ngmn.org
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.
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.
4G Americas, a wireless industry trade association representing the 3GPP family of technologies evolved from 3G Americas with an official announcement of a new name and revised mission in September 2010. 3G Americas (now 4G Americas) and the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance signed a cooperation agreement between the two associations in support of the development and commercialization of next generation mobile broadband technologies and services.
About 4G Americas
The mission of 4G Americas is to promote, facilitate and advocate for the deployment of the 3GPP family of mobile broadband technologies throughout the ecosystem – including networks, services, applications and wirelessly connected devices – in the Americas. 4G Americas is committed to working with government agencies, regulatory bodies, technical standards organizations and other global wireless organizations in order to promote truly seamless interoperability and convergence. These relationships include participation as a Market Representation Partner in the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), membership in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) of the Organization of American States, collaborative working agreements with the GSMA, UMTS Forum, Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance (NGMN), the Centro de Investigación de las Telecomunicaciones (CINTEL) in Colombia, the Cámara de Empresas de Servicios de Telecomunicaciones (CASETEL) in Venezuela and Association of Telecommunications Enterprises of the Andean Community (ASETA). Representing 90 percent of the world’s mobile industry market with more than 4.6 billion customers, GSM-LTE is the most extensively used mobile network technology in the world with the largest wireless footprint.
ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for ICT (Information and Communications Technologies), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet technologies.
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 – 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 the 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. www.gsmworld.com
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.
Net!Works is the European Technology Platform for communications networks and services. Communications networks enable interaction between users of various types of equipment, either mobile (e.g. mobile phones) or fixed (e.g. PCs); they are the foundation of the Internet. The Net!Works European Technology Platform gathers more than 700 players of the communications networks sector: industry leaders, innovative SMEs, and leading academic institutions. The mission of Net!Works is to strengthen Europe's leadership in networking technology and services so that it best serves Europe's citizens and the European economy.
Bridging the gap between research and innovation and the expectations from the European society is critical. Therefore Net!Works is now committing to interact more with actors outside the research community. Decision makers from the various public authorities in charge of economic development or of local and regional policies, for example, will be asked to provide their views and cooperate. www.networks-etp.eu
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. www.openmobilealliance.org
The Small Cell Forum (www.smallcellforum.org), 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.
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.
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.
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 the 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.
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 the 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. www.umts-forum.org
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.
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.
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. www.wireless-world-research.org