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.


5GAA was created to connect telecom industry and vehicle manufacturers and work closely together.  

5GAA aims to develop, test and promote communications solutions, initiate their standardization and accelerate their commercial availability and global market penetration to address society’s connected mobility and road safety needs with applications such as autonomous driving, ubiquitous access to services and integration into smart city and intelligent transportation.


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 the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.



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.


ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), driving innovation in ICTs together with 193 Member States and a membership of over 800 private-sector players and academic and research institutes. Established over 150 years ago in 1865, ITU is responsible for coordinating the shared global use of radiofrequency spectrum, promoting international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, improving communication infrastructure in developing countries, and establishing the international standards that enable the interconnection and interoperability of a vast range of communications systems. From broadband networks to cutting-edge wireless technologies, aeronautical and maritime navigation, radio astronomy, oceanographic and satellite-based earth monitoring as well as converging fixed-mobile phone, Internet and broadcasting technologies, ITU is committed to connecting


OMA SpecWorks

Home to the industry-leading LightweightM2M (LwM2M), OMA SpecWorks is an efficient specifications factory, and has established a lean and effective process where market-leading corporations and small startup companies come together to build the next generation of wireless. Launched in 2018, OMA SpecWorks joins together OMA and IPSO with a new mission to build technical documents including specifications, smart objects and white papers for a connected world, enabling interoperability across networks and growth in fixed and mobile wireless markets and the IoT.

The OMA SpecWorks working groups are active in a variety of technologies including messaging, location, device management, APIs, IoT and more. Learn more:

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.


Telecommunication Development Industry Alliance (TDIA) was initiated on October 30th, 2002 voluntarily by seven enterprises who actively commit themselves to the development of TDD mobile communication technologies, they are China Academy of Telecommunications Technology (Datang Telecom Technology and Industry Group), Holley Group, Huawei, Lenovo (Beijing), ZTE, China Electronics Corporation, and POTEVIO. The TDIA, formerly known as TD-SCDMA Industry Alliance, is a Non-Profit organization with the substantial support of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). China Mobile joined us on 2008 and now we have 15 council members and over 100 members totally. Mr. Yang Hua, who leads TDIA creating cohesiveness of all members and making collective strength of TDD innovation technologies, was elected as our Secretary-General in October, 2002.


The history of TDIA mimics the development progress of Chinese mobile communication technologies. From the TD Industry Alliance in 2008 to the Telecommunication Development Industry Alliance in 2013, the renaming of the TDIA not only represented the upscaling of our missions but also demonstrates a new era of mobile communication technologies. This NPO has been engaged in integrating industry resources, building up the industry chain, and promoting the development of the Chinese mobile communication industry based on TDD technologies.


As the rapid development of mobile internet and requirements to improve the latency, our current mission is to drive toward 4G+ & 5G jointly with our members to.

  • Communicate and provide suggestions to related governmental departments to make principle policies for completing the long-term development of the mobile communication industry.
  • Coordinate the Spectrum plan on behalf of our members with different parties and regions.
  • Organize various requirements and enhance the inner sharing of industry resources between members, in terms of creating mutual benefits.
  • Promote and improve the standardization in the telecom industry.
  • Enhance and promote the commercial progress of both 4G and 5G.
  • Speak up for Chinese 5G development globally.


For further information about us, please find out our website, or follow us at Linkedin.


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.


With 36,000 members (including 1,300 companies, 8,000 students and 6,000 young professionals) the VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies is one of the largest technical and scientific associations in Europe. VDE embraces science, standardization work and product testing and certification under one roof. VDE is involved in technical knowledge transfers, research, and promoting young talents in the key technologies of electrical engineering, electronics and information technology and their applications. Other key VDE activities include ensuring safety in electrical engineering, developing recognized technical regulations as national and international standards, and testing and certifying electrical and electronic devices and systems. The VDE mark, known and respected by 67 percent of Germans, is considered to be a symbol for the highest safety standards. VDE works in the fields of information technology, energy, medical engineering, microelectronics, micro and nanotechnology and automation.



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 Broadband Alliance

Founded in 2003, the mission of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) is to resolve business issues and enable collaborative opportunities for service providers, enterprises and cities, enabling them to enhance the customer experience on Wi-Fi and significant adjacent technologies. Building on their heritage of Next Gen Hotspot and carrier Wi-Fi, the WBA will continue to drive and support the adoption of Next Generation Wi-Fi services across the entire public Wi-Fi ecosystem. Today, membership includes major fixed operators such as BT, Comcast and Charter Communication; seven of the top 10 mobile operator groups (by revenue) and leading technology companies.

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.