The GSMA’s Regional Interest Groups provide forums in which the mobile industry can discuss and address issues that are specific to particular regions or the regional angle on global issues. The GSMA has Regional Internet Groups in Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Arab World, Africa and North America.
In the European Union, the GSMA represents more than 100 mobile network operators, serving over 600 million subscriber connections, and their suppliers. Based in Brussels, GSMA Europe’s secretariat coordinates the efforts of the GSMA and its members to inform the EU-level policy and regulatory developments that impact the mobile industry.
Central to this task are GSMA Europe’s Operator Expert Groups, which are composed of public policy and technical experts from member companies with interests in Europe. They are responsible for monitoring relevant policy and legislative developments, identifying priorities for the mobile industry, and developing and communicating consensus positions on these priorities.
The Chief Regulatory Officers Group for Europe plays a key role in the GSMA’s governance structure as the bridge between the Operator Expert Groups and the Public Policy Committee of the GSMA Board. It consists of senior public policy representatives of member companies in Europe.
In Latin America, the GSMA member companies serve over 630 million connections, accounting for 95% of the total mobile region´s connections. The GSMA Latin American team is based in Santiago, Chile; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Brasilia, Brazil.
GSMA Latin America (GSMA LA) has four Operator Expert Working Groups covering Billing and Roaming (BARG), Regulatory (REGU), Technical and Terminals (TECT), and Security and Fraud (SEGF) issues in the region. GSMA LA hosts two key plenaries a year, featuring working group sessions plus workshops and seminars on other key GSMA initiatives.
The Chief Regulatory Officers Group for Latin America (CROG Latin America) guides the GSMA’s public policy activities in the region and inputs the interests of the Latin American operators into the agendas of the GSMA Board, the Public Policy Committee (PPC) and the Global Chief Regulatory Officers Group (CROG). It consists of senior public policy representatives from 14 of the largest operator groups in Latin America and the Caribbean.
GSMA North America is steered by its CTO Advisory Group, which drives the activities of its various technical working groups. These working groups, which meet several times per year, include the Services Working Group, the Smart Card Group, the Terminal Working Group, the Fraud and Security group, the Inter-Working, Roaming Expert Group (IREG), the Billing, Accounting & Roaming Group (BARG) and the Standards & Wireless Alerts Task Force.
GSMA Asia consists of several regional working groups aligned with the global GSMA working groups. GSMA Asia also runs several successful conferences and events covering roaming and regulatory issues.
Focused on regulatory, environmental, and roaming issues, GSMA Africa’s secretariat oversees research on taxation, spectrum and other issues of particular relevance to the African mobile industry.
Representing more than 20 operators in the Arab region, GSMA Arab World promotes and facilitates the development of GSM-based services, seeks to enhance investments in network infrastructure and aims to drives innovation, growth and expand consumer choice. GSMA Arab World runs a web site designed to help consumers compare roaming tariffs in the Arab region.