East Timor government goes live with Gemaltos electronic passport solution

​Singapore, June 6, 2017 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, partners with the East Timor government to start issuing state-of-the-art electronic passports (ePassports) to its citizens. The complete solution comprises the ICAO-compliant ePassports and a suite of capabilities such as easy enrollment, biometric data capture, de-duplication of redundant biometric information, disaster and data recovery, as well as a full turnkey public key infrastructure and secure issuance of the document. All these features work together to ensure increased security and protection of personal data. Gemalto and its local partner, Visi Mitra Unipessoal Lda, provide support and maintenance services. KOMSCO has been subcontracted to manufacture the passport booklet. 

​East Timor, also known as The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, is a country in Southeast Asia and an independent nation since 2002. The local government is investing in modernization to enhance services to its citizens. With Gemalto’s end-to-end solution, authorities can register ePassport applicants, capture their fingerprints at selected offices and embassies, and issue travel documents using the latest digital security technologies. The ePassports are made of polycarbonate datapages that are embedded with a secure contactless microprocessor and eTravel software for high-end security and durability. Citizens can enjoy a speedy application process and issuance as well as seamless border crossing.

We now have the capability to issue a more secure ICAO-compliant ePassport so that our citizens can avoid any inconvenience at the borders, said Ivo Valente, the Minister of Justice of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. „Gemalto’s one-stop solution allows us to migrate to the latest electronic travel documents with ease and confidence. It works with all major printers, and for both centralized and decentralized issuance. East Timor citizens can now travel anywhere around the world, with unprecedented levels of security and privacy. „

„Gemalto strongly supports the ICAO’s Traveler Identification Program (TRIP). Our solution is designed with multiple layers of security, from data collection and booklet production to ePassport issuance and use at the borders,” said Ng Fook-Seng, Senior Vice Pres​​ident Government Programs, Asia, Gemalto. „As a leading supplier of over 30 national ePassport solutions worldwide, and experts of both documents and related solutions, Gemalto is please to support East Timor to jump on to the next-generation

electronic passports and secure the entire chain of trust for a safer travel experience.”

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the global leader in digital security, with 2016 annual revenues of €3.1 billion and customers in over 180 countries. We bring trust to an increasingly connected world.

Our technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between.

Gemalto’s solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. We authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software – enabling our clients to deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things.

Our 15,000+ employees operate out of 112 offices, 43 personalization and data centers, and 30 research and software development centers located in 48 countries.

For more information visit www.gemalto.com, or follow on Twitter.

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East Timor government goes live with Gemaltos electronic passport solution

​Singapore, June 6, 2017 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, partners with the East Timor government to start issuing state-of-the-art electronic passports (ePassports) to its citizens. The complete solution comprises the ICAO-compliant ePassports and a suite of capabilities such as easy enrollment, biometric data capture, de-duplication of redundant biometric information, disaster and data recovery, as well as a full turnkey public key infrastructure and secure issuance of the document. All these features work together to ensure increased security and protection of personal data. Gemalto and its local partner, Visi Mitra Unipessoal Lda, provide support and maintenance services. KOMSCO has been subcontracted to manufacture the passport booklet. 

​East Timor, also known as The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, is a country in Southeast Asia and an independent nation since 2002. The local government is investing in modernization to enhance services to its citizens. With Gemalto’s end-to-end solution, authorities can register ePassport applicants, capture their fingerprints at selected offices and embassies, and issue travel documents using the latest digital security technologies. The ePassports are made of polycarbonate datapages that are embedded with a secure contactless microprocessor and eTravel software for high-end security and durability. Citizens can enjoy a speedy application process and issuance as well as seamless border crossing.

We now have the capability to issue a more secure ICAO-compliant ePassport so that our citizens can avoid any inconvenience at the borders, said Ivo Valente, the Minister of Justice of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. „Gemalto’s one-stop solution allows us to migrate to the latest electronic travel documents with ease and confidence. It works with all major printers, and for both centralized and decentralized issuance. East Timor citizens can now travel anywhere around the world, with unprecedented levels of security and privacy. „

„Gemalto strongly supports the ICAO’s Traveler Identification Program (TRIP). Our solution is designed with multiple layers of security, from data collection and booklet production to ePassport issuance and use at the borders,” said Ng Fook-Seng, Senior Vice Pres​​ident Government Programs, Asia, Gemalto. „As a leading supplier of over 30 national ePassport solutions worldwide, and experts of both documents and related solutions, Gemalto is please to support East Timor to jump on to the next-generation

electronic passports and secure the entire chain of trust for a safer travel experience.”

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the global leader in digital security, with 2016 annual revenues of €3.1 billion and customers in over 180 countries. We bring trust to an increasingly connected world.

Our technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between.

Gemalto’s solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. We authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software – enabling our clients to deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things.

Our 15,000+ employees operate out of 112 offices, 43 personalization and data centers, and 30 research and software development centers located in 48 countries.

For more information visit www.gemalto.com, or follow on Twitter.

​​​​Gemalto media contacts:

​Find Gemalto’s Media Contacts in your region.

East Timor government goes live with Gemaltos electronic passport solution

​Singapore, June 6, 2017 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, partners with the East Timor government to start issuing state-of-the-art electronic passports (ePassports) to its citizens. The complete solution comprises the ICAO-compliant ePassports and a suite of capabilities such as easy enrollment, biometric data capture, de-duplication of redundant biometric information, disaster and data recovery, as well as a full turnkey public key infrastructure and secure issuance of the document. All these features work together to ensure increased security and protection of personal data. Gemalto and its local partner, Visi Mitra Unipessoal Lda, provide support and maintenance services. KOMSCO has been subcontracted to manufacture the passport booklet. 

​East Timor, also known as The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, is a country in Southeast Asia and an independent nation since 2002. The local government is investing in modernization to enhance services to its citizens. With Gemalto’s end-to-end solution, authorities can register ePassport applicants, capture their fingerprints at selected offices and embassies, and issue travel documents using the latest digital security technologies. The ePassports are made of polycarbonate datapages that are embedded with a secure contactless microprocessor and eTravel software for high-end security and durability. Citizens can enjoy a speedy application process and issuance as well as seamless border crossing.

We now have the capability to issue a more secure ICAO-compliant ePassport so that our citizens can avoid any inconvenience at the borders, said Ivo Valente, the Minister of Justice of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. „Gemalto’s one-stop solution allows us to migrate to the latest electronic travel documents with ease and confidence. It works with all major printers, and for both centralized and decentralized issuance. East Timor citizens can now travel anywhere around the world, with unprecedented levels of security and privacy. „

„Gemalto strongly supports the ICAO’s Traveler Identification Program (TRIP). Our solution is designed with multiple layers of security, from data collection and booklet production to ePassport issuance and use at the borders,” said Ng Fook-Seng, Senior Vice Pres​​ident Government Programs, Asia, Gemalto. „As a leading supplier of over 30 national ePassport solutions worldwide, and experts of both documents and related solutions, Gemalto is please to support East Timor to jump on to the next-generation

electronic passports and secure the entire chain of trust for a safer travel experience.”

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the global leader in digital security, with 2016 annual revenues of €3.1 billion and customers in over 180 countries. We bring trust to an increasingly connected world.

Our technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between.

Gemalto’s solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. We authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software – enabling our clients to deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things.

Our 15,000+ employees operate out of 112 offices, 43 personalization and data centers, and 30 research and software development centers located in 48 countries.

For more information visit www.gemalto.com, or follow on Twitter.

​​​​Gemalto media contacts:

​Find Gemalto’s Media Contacts in your region.

Teen Posted on Instagram and the Next Thing He Knew, a Doctor was Invading His Body

In March, police in Dar es Salaam, acting on orders from Tanzanian Deputy Health Minister Hamisi Kigwangalla, arrested 19-year-old William (not his real name) for posting a video on Instagram that led the deputy minister to believe that William was gay.

Opening ceremony – 60th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Niamey, Niger, May 8, 2017. 

© 2017 African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Homosexual conduct carries a life sentence in Tanzania, though until recently, the law has rarely if ever been enforced.

The police interrogated William about his sexual history.

Then they took him to a government hospital where, William said, a doctor forcibly subjected him to an “anal exam,” purportedly seeking “proof” of his alleged homosexual conduct.

“One police officer stayed in the room” during the humiliating examination, William said in an interview. “It was painful.”

The kind of physically invasive “test” that William underwent should not take place in the 21st century.

It was invented nearly 150 years ago by a French physician who believed that anal examinations could demonstrate signs of “sexual deviance.”

His unsubstantiated theories were roundly dismissed by the next generation of French doctors, and continue to be rejected by medical experts.

Sadly, forced anal examinations seem to have found a home in parts of Africa. Human Rights Watch has identified cases in which medical practitioners, at the behest of police or prosecutors, have carried out these unscientific tests in the past five years in at least seven African countries that criminalise consensual homosexual conduct — Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zambia.

Rights violations related to sexuality

But there is new hope that African countries may discard this outdated practice. The biannual meeting of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights wrapped up in May in Niamey, Niger, with commendable advances in its approach to human-rights violations related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

Among them, the commission introduced its official legal guidance (General Comment No 4) on the right to redress for torture victims, which describes forced anal testing as sexual violence that amounts to “a form of torture and other ill-treatment.”

It condemned such examinations as prohibited under article 5 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. As every country in Africa has ratified this treaty (except Morocco, which is expected to do so soon), it is now time for all African countries to heed the Commission’s guidance on the application of the treaty.

Commissioner Lawrence Mute of Kenya, chair of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa, also presented a report that echoes the UN Special Rapporteur on torture in affirming that forced anal testing is “medically worthless and amounts to torture and ill-treatment.”

The report highlights the worrying use of anal exams of suspected gay men in Tanzania and Tunisia in December 2016, and in Kenya in 2015.

Burma/Thailand: Deported Turkish Man at Risk

Screenshot of a video posted by Muhammet Furkan Sökmen while he was detained at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on May 25, 2017. In the video, Sökmen can be seen saying, „Please help me—all over the world please help me.”  

© 2017 Muhammet Furkan Sökmen

(New York) – Burmese authorities have forced back Turkish asylum seeker, Muhammet Furkan Sökmen via Thailand, putting him at risk of serious human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said today.

On May 24, 2017, Burmese officials detained Sökmen at Yangon International Airport at the request of Turkish authorities who had canceled his passport. After he and his family were held for approximately 24 hours, he was forcibly sent to Turkey – via Thailand – because of alleged connections to the Gülen movement, led by US-based Sunni Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen, which the Turkish authorities deem responsible for a failed coup in 2016 and has termed a terrorist organization. In Thailand, he was held at an airport immigration detention center for approximately another 24 hours before being deported to Turkey on May 26. On arrival in Turkey, authorities placed Sökmen in detention and transported him to his home province where a criminal investigation is set to begin. Little is known about his treatment now in the custody of Turkish authorities.

Burma and Thailand should ensure that anyone who alleges they are at risk of human rights abuse in Turkey can seek protection.

Brad Adams

Asia Director

“Burma and Thailand flagrantly violated Furkan Sökmen’s human rights by caving in to pressure from Ankara and deporting him despite his claim for asylum and the real risk of ill-treatment and an unfair trial in Turkey,” said Brad Adams, Asia director.

In Sökmen sent from the immigration lockup at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok before his phone was confiscated and Thai officials handed him over to Turkish embassy staff, he said: “I am calling everyone, please help me. I am in the terminal area; they are pushing me. They are trying to give me to the Turkish Embassy. Please help me, all over the world, please help me.” In a second 20-second video he said: “Please help me, now I am in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport in the terminal area. They are pushing me, to give me to Turkish Embassy staff, they are pushing me to go to Turkey. I don’t want to go to Turkey, I want to stay here. Please help me—all over the world please help me.”

The deportation of Sökmen went ahead even after the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and other UN agencies had informed key Burmese and Thai government agencies that there were substantial grounds to believe that he would face an imminent risk of human rights abuse upon his return to Turkey.

Forcing Sökmen back to Turkey – where he is at risk of ill-treatment in custody – without examining his claim for protection constitutes refoulement. Under customary international law, the governments of Burma and Thailand are obligated to ensure that no one in their custody is forcibly sent to a place where they would risk serious human rights violations. The principle of non-refoulement is also included in the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, to which Thailand is a party.

“It is deeply alarming that both Burmese and Thai authorities prioritized showing deference to rights-violating demands from Turkey over respecting the bedrock principle of non-refoulement, which prohibits any government from returning an asylum seeker without examining his or her claim for protection,” Adams said.

Sökmen is an accountant who was formerly the director of a company that managed a recently closed international school in Rangoon that was associated with the Gülen movement. Turkish media reporting his return to Turkey have alleged he was a leading figure in the Gülen movement in Burma. Since October 2016, he is at least the sixth person forced back from Southeast Asia to Turkey over alleged connections to the movement. The other five were sent back to Turkey from Malaysia, and all five are believed to still be in pre-trial detention.

Turkey accuses Fethullah Gülen of being behind a coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016. Gülen has denied any involvement.

Since the attempted coup, the Turkish government has put more than 50,000 people in pre-trial detention. Among those detained are military personnel, police officers, civil servants, teachers, academics, businessmen, judges, and prosecutors. The majority face terrorism charges based on their alleged links to the Gülen movement and many have been held in prolonged detention without due process or credible evidence of personal criminal wrongdoing. Some of those held have alleged that they were subjected to torture or other ill-treatment in police custody, and while in prison have excessive restrictions on visits by family members, receiving and sending letters, and having private communication with lawyers. Their prison detention conditions may amount to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment in violation of international law.

“Burma and Thailand should ensure that anyone who alleges they are at risk of human rights abuse in Turkey can seek protection,” Adams said. “To make it clear they will not further violate international law, Burma and Thailand should immediately announce that they will provide UN agencies with access to conduct assessments of protection needs of any Turkish nationals wanted by Ankara, and not return to Turkey anyone determined to be a refugee.”

Scientists launch global agenda to curb social and human rights abuses in the seafood sector

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As the United Nations Oceans Conference convenes in New York, a new paper calls on marine scientists to focus on social issues such as human rights violations in the seafood industry.

Authored by a team from Conservation International, the University of Washington and other organizations, the paper is the first integrated approach to meeting this global challenge and will be presented as part of the UN Oceans Conference and the Seafood Summit, which both take place June 5-9 in New York and Seattle, respectively.

Young migrant fishers pulling and cleaning nets on fishing boats in Thailand.Nathan Bennett

The article, published June 1 in Science, is in direct response to investigative reports by the Associated Press, the Guardian, The New York Times and other media outlets that uncovered glaring human rights violations on fishing vessels. The investigations tracked the widespread use of slave labor in Southeast Asia and its role in bringing seafood to American restaurants and supermarkets, chronicling the plight of fishermen tricked and trapped into working 22-hour days, often without pay and while enduring abuse.

Subsequent investigations have documented the global extent of these abuses in a wide array of countries.

“The scientific community has not kept pace with concerns for social issues in the seafood sector,” said lead author Jack Kittinger, Conservation International’s senior director for global fisheries and aquaculture. “The purpose of this initiative is to ensure that governments, businesses, and nonprofits are working together to improve human rights, equality and food and livelihood security. This is a holistic and comprehensive approach that establishes a global standard to address these social challenges.

The paper identifies three key principles that together establish a global standard for social responsibility in the seafood sector: protecting human rights, dignity and respecting access to resources; ensuring equality and equitable opportunities to benefit; and improving food and livelihood security.

“This paper stresses that if we are serious about social responsibility in our food systems, we need to go beyond dealing with the ‘worst-case’ headlines of ‘slavery at sea,’” said co-author Edward Allison, a UW professor in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.

“We argue that committing to sustainable seafood sourcing and supply is also about ensuring people who work in the food business ― whether as harvesters or processors and packers ― have decent work. It is also about ensuring communities who rely on the sea economically and culturally, particularly coastal indigenous communities, don’t have their harvest rights appropriated by powerful outside interests.”

Fishing boat heading out to sea on the Andaman coast of Thailand.Nathan Bennett

More than half of the world’s fisheries sector workforce is female, and there are still widespread gender-based disparities in income and working conditions, Allison added.

Seafood is the world’s most internationally traded food commodity. By 2030, the oceans will need to supply more than 150 million metric tons of seafood to meet the demands of a growing population. The paper calls on governments, businesses and the scientific community to take measurable steps to ensure seafood is sourced without harm to the environment and people that work in the seafood industry.

“In some places, commercial fishing boats from other parts of the world are virtually robbing local small-scale fishers of the fish that they rely on to make a living and survive. Fisheries are not truly sustainable unless local people are able to benefit from the harvesting of resources,” said co-author Nathan Bennett, a postdoctoral researcher at the UW.

As part of the initiative, Conservation International has organized a volunteer commitment, calling on governments, NGOs, businesses and other organizations to improve social responsibility in the seafood sector.

Zach Koehn, a doctoral student in aquatic and fishery sciences, is another co-author from the UW.

This was adapted from a Conservation International news release.

Tag(s): College of the EnvironmentEdward AllisonNathan BennettSchool of Marine and Environmental Affairs

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Scientists launch global agenda to curb social and human rights abuses in the seafood sector

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As the United Nations Oceans Conference convenes in New York, a new paper calls on marine scientists to focus on social issues such as human rights violations in the seafood industry.

Authored by a team from Conservation International, the University of Washington and other organizations, the paper is the first integrated approach to meeting this global challenge and will be presented as part of the UN Oceans Conference and the Seafood Summit, which both take place June 5-9 in New York and Seattle, respectively.

Young migrant fishers pulling and cleaning nets on fishing boats in Thailand.Nathan Bennett

The article, published June 1 in Science, is in direct response to investigative reports by the Associated Press, the Guardian, The New York Times and other media outlets that uncovered glaring human rights violations on fishing vessels. The investigations tracked the widespread use of slave labor in Southeast Asia and its role in bringing seafood to American restaurants and supermarkets, chronicling the plight of fishermen tricked and trapped into working 22-hour days, often without pay and while enduring abuse.

Subsequent investigations have documented the global extent of these abuses in a wide array of countries.

“The scientific community has not kept pace with concerns for social issues in the seafood sector,” said lead author Jack Kittinger, Conservation International’s senior director for global fisheries and aquaculture. “The purpose of this initiative is to ensure that governments, businesses, and nonprofits are working together to improve human rights, equality and food and livelihood security. This is a holistic and comprehensive approach that establishes a global standard to address these social challenges.

The paper identifies three key principles that together establish a global standard for social responsibility in the seafood sector: protecting human rights, dignity and respecting access to resources; ensuring equality and equitable opportunities to benefit; and improving food and livelihood security.

“This paper stresses that if we are serious about social responsibility in our food systems, we need to go beyond dealing with the ‘worst-case’ headlines of ‘slavery at sea,’” said co-author Edward Allison, a UW professor in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.

“We argue that committing to sustainable seafood sourcing and supply is also about ensuring people who work in the food business ― whether as harvesters or processors and packers ― have decent work. It is also about ensuring communities who rely on the sea economically and culturally, particularly coastal indigenous communities, don’t have their harvest rights appropriated by powerful outside interests.”

Fishing boat heading out to sea on the Andaman coast of Thailand.Nathan Bennett

More than half of the world’s fisheries sector workforce is female, and there are still widespread gender-based disparities in income and working conditions, Allison added.

Seafood is the world’s most internationally traded food commodity. By 2030, the oceans will need to supply more than 150 million metric tons of seafood to meet the demands of a growing population. The paper calls on governments, businesses and the scientific community to take measurable steps to ensure seafood is sourced without harm to the environment and people that work in the seafood industry.

“In some places, commercial fishing boats from other parts of the world are virtually robbing local small-scale fishers of the fish that they rely on to make a living and survive. Fisheries are not truly sustainable unless local people are able to benefit from the harvesting of resources,” said co-author Nathan Bennett, a postdoctoral researcher at the UW.

As part of the initiative, Conservation International has organized a volunteer commitment, calling on governments, NGOs, businesses and other organizations to improve social responsibility in the seafood sector.

Zach Koehn, a doctoral student in aquatic and fishery sciences, is another co-author from the UW.

This was adapted from a Conservation International news release.

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GSMA Announces First Keynote Speakers For GSMA Mobile World Congress Americas, In Partnership With CTIA

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América Móvil, Coca-Cola, IBM Watson, Jaunt, Facebook, Google, Nokia, PayPal, Sprint, UPS and Verizon Wireless Executives to Speak at Inaugural Event; Additional Exhibitors, Partner Programs and Sponsors Announced

Atlanta: The GSMA announced the first confirmed speakers for the Mobile World Congress Americas debuting September 12-14, 2017 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. The GSMA also released additional details for the inaugural Americas event today, including new programs, exhibition elements, exhibitors and sponsors.

Mobile World Congress Americas will reflect an experience truly representative of North, Central and South America, capturing many of its region- and culture-specific nuances,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “Mobile is an essential part of how we interact, communicate, work and play, and the event will highlight key areas intersecting with mobile, from media, content and entertainment to enterprises and brands. We are looking forward to showcasing an industry that impacts literally billions of people around the world.”

Keynotes from Global Leaders in Mobile Technology

The GSMA announced global leaders across the mobile communications industry as the first keynote speakers for Mobile World Congress Americas, including:

• Carlos Slim Domit, CEO and Chairman, América Móvil

• Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises and Chairman, GSMA

• Meredith Atwell Baker, President and CEO, CTIA

• Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA

• George Kliavkoff, CEO and President, Jaunt

• Rajeev Suri, CEO, Nokia

• Dan Schulman, President and CEO, PayPal

• Marcelo Claure, President and CEO, Sprint and Chairman, CTIA

• Juan Perez, Chief Information and Engineering Officer, UPS

• Ronan Dunne, Executive Vice President and Group President, Verizon Wireless

Beyond the keynote program, Mobile World Congress Americas will offer focused track sessions that address how the future of the industry is taking shape. The “Content and Media” track will explore augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in entertainment and entertainment in the 5G world. Sessions examining artificial intelligence (AI), digital enterprise infrastructure, autonomous vehicles, and Internet of Things (IoT) platforms, services and security will be offered under the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” track. The “Consumer IoT” track will delve into cybersecurity, AI and its impact on virtual assistants and chatbots, and the retail experience. The “Network” track will address IoT connectivity and the 5G ecosystem. The conference will also highlight the mobile industry’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a keynote and track sessions focusing on different aspects of the 17 SDGs, such as digital inclusion, education, and the fight against climate change, on Tuesday, September 12.

The conference will also include the “Everything Policy” track, which will consist of panel discussions with leading policymakers and industry experts focused on key wireless issues. The two-day policy track will address spectrum auctions, wireless internet infrastructure, 5G, IoT innovations, public safety, unmanned aerial services and more.

Executives and industry experts confirmed to speak in the track sessions include:

• Amit Ahuja, Head of Audience and Planning Businesses, Adobe

• Domingo Guerra, co-Founder and President, Appthority

• Joan Marsh, SVP, Federal Regulatory, AT&T

• Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola

• Rebecka Cedering Ångström, Acting Head of ConsumerLab, Ericsson

• Monica Adractas, Director, North America, Workplace by Facebook

• Rob High, IBM Fellow, VP and CTO, IBM Watson

• Peter Sorckoff, Chief Creative Officer, EVP Brand and Innovation, NBA Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena

• Eugene Chung, Founder and CEO, Penrose Studios

• Dean Brenner, SVP, Spectrum Strategy and Technology Policy, Qualcomm Inc.

• Kathleen Ham, SVP, Government Affairs, T-Mobile USA, Inc.

• Luis Minoru, Chief Strategy Officer, TIM Brasil

• Grant Spellmeyer, VP, Federal Affairs and Public Policy, U.S. Cellular

• Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner, United States Federal Communications Commission

• Charla Rath, VP, Wireless Policy Development, Verizon

Women4Tech at Mobile World Congress Americas

Launched earlier this year at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to address the persistent gender gap in the mobile industry, the GSMA is extending the Women4Tech program to Mobile World Congress Americas. The program, which comprises a range of events and activities, prominently features the Women4Tech Summit on Wednesday, September 13, which will examine how gender diversity is changing the mobile ecosystem. The first confirmed Women4Tech keynote and session speakers include:

• Edith Yeung, Partner, 500 Startups

• Sabeen Ali, CEO, AngelHack

• Larissa Fontaine, Global Head and Director of Apps Business Development, Google Play, Google

• Erica Lockheimer, Senior Director of Engineering Growth and Leading Women In Tech, LinkedIn

• Triinu Magi, co-founder and CTO, Neura

Additional Women4Tech activities include a speed coaching and networking session on Thursday, September 14, and as part of the 4 Years From Now (4YFN) program lineup, a Women4Tech Diversity Panel on Tuesday, September 12 and an interactive workshop on Thursday, September 14. The Women4Tech Tours & Experience Program will take place on Tuesday, September 12 and will feature exhibitors and industry experts that are transforming the world of technology.

4YFN Event Debuts in Americas

Mobile World Congress Americas will introduce the 4YFN Startup Event in San Francisco. After four years of success at Mobile World Congress and Mobile World Congress Shanghai, 4YFN will break into the Americas region this September, enabling startups, investors, corporations and public institutions to connect and launch new ventures together. This program will feature a startup exhibition, open-stage panel discussions and pitch sessions, and networking events designed to evolve the startup ecosystem worldwide. Soracom has come on board as Gold Sponsor of 4YFN. For more on 4YFN, visit: www.mwcamericas.com/evyents/4yfn/.

NEXTech Showcases Leading-Edge Technologies

After a successful launch at the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, NEXTech is making its way to San Francisco for MWC Americas. Located in the West Hall of the Moscone Center, NEXTech is the ultimate destination for next-generation technology, with focused exhibition areas or “zones” showcasing forward-thinking companies and innovative technologies that are driving disruption across the entire mobile ecosystem. NEXTech will highlight cutting-edge technologies including VR and AR, robotics, connected and autonomous cars, and artificial intelligence. Companies in NEXTech include Samsung Electronics, who will have a significant presence alongside the VR/AR Association in the VR/AR Zone, as well as TomTom, who will be displaying their vision of the future of connected cars.

The GSMA announced several other new exhibitors for Mobile World Congress Americas, including 5G Americas, Avast, Gionee, Kore Wireless, Mobileum, Motorola Mobility, TATA Communications Transformation Services and Telit. They join previously confirmed exhibitors AT&T, Amdocs, Ericsson, Huawei, Qualcomm, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, VMWare and ZTE, among many others. For more information on the Mobile World Congress Americas exhibition, visit: www.mwcamericas.com/exhibition.

Additional Partner Programs Confirmed

The GSMA announced several new affiliate and partner programs taking place during the three-day Mobile World Congress Americas show. Complementing the Women4Tech program, public charity MKF’s Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (WiSTEM) will hold its annual conference on September 11-12, in conjunction with Mobile World Congress Americas, offering additional content around women in the fields of science, engineering and math.

As an Affiliate Partner Program, FierceWireless will host a breakfast panel discussion on Tuesday, September 12 and on Wednesday, September 13. Topics include “Low Power Wide Area Network,” focusing on how startups are leveraging LPWA technologies to break open IoT opportunities, and “Telecom Transformation,” which will examine how 5G network technology focuses on adapting to software vs. hardware needs.

On Wednesday, September 13, 151 Advisors, a leading IoT advisory and execution firm, will present “APP-SOLUTELY IoT,” a half-day seminar where attendees will learn how to take advantage of IoT in their organizations, including building, deploying and managing secure IoT platforms and applications. On the same day, CBRS Alliance will hold a half-day session on their vision to enable in-building and outdoor coverage and capacity expansion at massive scale using LTE-based solutions and shared spectrum.

Get Involved at Mobile World Congress Americas 2017

Event registration opens in June 2017. For more information on Mobile World Congress Americas 2017, including how to attend, exhibit or sponsor, visit www.mwcamericas.com. Follow developments and updates on Mobile World Congress Americas on Twitter @GSMAEvents using #MWCA17, on our LinkedIn Mobile World Congress Americas page https://www.linkedin.com/company/gsma-mobile-world-congress-americas or on Facebook at .

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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, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.

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

About CTIA

CTIA® (www.ctia.org) represents the U.S. wireless communications industry and the companies throughout the mobile ecosystem that enable Americans to lead a 21st century connected life. The association’s members include wireless carriers, device manufacturers, suppliers as well as apps and content companies. CTIA vigorously advocates at all levels of government for policies that foster continued wireless innovation and investment. The association also coordinates the industry’s voluntary best practices, hosts educational events that promote the wireless industry and co-produces the industry’s leading wireless tradeshow. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.

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América Móvil, Coca-Cola, IBM Watson, Jaunt, Facebook, Google, Nokia, PayPal, Sprint, UPS and Verizon Wireless Executives to Speak at Inaugural Event; Additional Exhibitors, Partner Programs and Sponsors Announced

Atlanta: The GSMA announced the first confirmed speakers for the Mobile World Congress Americas debuting September 12-14, 2017 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. The GSMA also released additional details for the inaugural Americas event today, including new programs, exhibition elements, exhibitors and sponsors.

Mobile World Congress Americas will reflect an experience truly representative of North, Central and South America, capturing many of its region- and culture-specific nuances,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “Mobile is an essential part of how we interact, communicate, work and play, and the event will highlight key areas intersecting with mobile, from media, content and entertainment to enterprises and brands. We are looking forward to showcasing an industry that impacts literally billions of people around the world.”

Keynotes from Global Leaders in Mobile Technology

The GSMA announced global leaders across the mobile communications industry as the first keynote speakers for Mobile World Congress Americas, including:

• Carlos Slim Domit, CEO and Chairman, América Móvil

• Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises and Chairman, GSMA

• Meredith Atwell Baker, President and CEO, CTIA

• Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA

• George Kliavkoff, CEO and President, Jaunt

• Rajeev Suri, CEO, Nokia

• Dan Schulman, President and CEO, PayPal

• Marcelo Claure, President and CEO, Sprint and Chairman, CTIA

• Juan Perez, Chief Information and Engineering Officer, UPS

• Ronan Dunne, Executive Vice President and Group President, Verizon Wireless

Beyond the keynote program, Mobile World Congress Americas will offer focused track sessions that address how the future of the industry is taking shape. The “Content and Media” track will explore augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in entertainment and entertainment in the 5G world. Sessions examining artificial intelligence (AI), digital enterprise infrastructure, autonomous vehicles, and Internet of Things (IoT) platforms, services and security will be offered under the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” track. The “Consumer IoT” track will delve into cybersecurity, AI and its impact on virtual assistants and chatbots, and the retail experience. The “Network” track will address IoT connectivity and the 5G ecosystem. The conference will also highlight the mobile industry’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a keynote and track sessions focusing on different aspects of the 17 SDGs, such as digital inclusion, education, and the fight against climate change, on Tuesday, September 12.

The conference will also include the “Everything Policy” track, which will consist of panel discussions with leading policymakers and industry experts focused on key wireless issues. The two-day policy track will address spectrum auctions, wireless internet infrastructure, 5G, IoT innovations, public safety, unmanned aerial services and more.

Executives and industry experts confirmed to speak in the track sessions include:

• Amit Ahuja, Head of Audience and Planning Businesses, Adobe

• Domingo Guerra, co-Founder and President, Appthority

• Joan Marsh, SVP, Federal Regulatory, AT&T

• Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola

• Rebecka Cedering Ångström, Acting Head of ConsumerLab, Ericsson

• Monica Adractas, Director, North America, Workplace by Facebook

• Rob High, IBM Fellow, VP and CTO, IBM Watson

• Peter Sorckoff, Chief Creative Officer, EVP Brand and Innovation, NBA Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena

• Eugene Chung, Founder and CEO, Penrose Studios

• Dean Brenner, SVP, Spectrum Strategy and Technology Policy, Qualcomm Inc.

• Kathleen Ham, SVP, Government Affairs, T-Mobile USA, Inc.

• Luis Minoru, Chief Strategy Officer, TIM Brasil

• Grant Spellmeyer, VP, Federal Affairs and Public Policy, U.S. Cellular

• Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner, United States Federal Communications Commission

• Charla Rath, VP, Wireless Policy Development, Verizon

Women4Tech at Mobile World Congress Americas

Launched earlier this year at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to address the persistent gender gap in the mobile industry, the GSMA is extending the Women4Tech program to Mobile World Congress Americas. The program, which comprises a range of events and activities, prominently features the Women4Tech Summit on Wednesday, September 13, which will examine how gender diversity is changing the mobile ecosystem. The first confirmed Women4Tech keynote and session speakers include:

• Edith Yeung, Partner, 500 Startups

• Sabeen Ali, CEO, AngelHack

• Larissa Fontaine, Global Head and Director of Apps Business Development, Google Play, Google

• Erica Lockheimer, Senior Director of Engineering Growth and Leading Women In Tech, LinkedIn

• Triinu Magi, co-founder and CTO, Neura

Additional Women4Tech activities include a speed coaching and networking session on Thursday, September 14, and as part of the 4 Years From Now (4YFN) program lineup, a Women4Tech Diversity Panel on Tuesday, September 12 and an interactive workshop on Thursday, September 14. The Women4Tech Tours & Experience Program will take place on Tuesday, September 12 and will feature exhibitors and industry experts that are transforming the world of technology.

4YFN Event Debuts in Americas

Mobile World Congress Americas will introduce the 4YFN Startup Event in San Francisco. After four years of success at Mobile World Congress and Mobile World Congress Shanghai, 4YFN will break into the Americas region this September, enabling startups, investors, corporations and public institutions to connect and launch new ventures together. This program will feature a startup exhibition, open-stage panel discussions and pitch sessions, and networking events designed to evolve the startup ecosystem worldwide. Soracom has come on board as Gold Sponsor of 4YFN. For more on 4YFN, visit: www.mwcamericas.com/evyents/4yfn/.

NEXTech Showcases Leading-Edge Technologies

After a successful launch at the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, NEXTech is making its way to San Francisco for MWC Americas. Located in the West Hall of the Moscone Center, NEXTech is the ultimate destination for next-generation technology, with focused exhibition areas or “zones” showcasing forward-thinking companies and innovative technologies that are driving disruption across the entire mobile ecosystem. NEXTech will highlight cutting-edge technologies including VR and AR, robotics, connected and autonomous cars, and artificial intelligence. Companies in NEXTech include Samsung Electronics, who will have a significant presence alongside the VR/AR Association in the VR/AR Zone, as well as TomTom, who will be displaying their vision of the future of connected cars.

The GSMA announced several other new exhibitors for Mobile World Congress Americas, including 5G Americas, Avast, Gionee, Kore Wireless, Mobileum, Motorola Mobility, TATA Communications Transformation Services and Telit. They join previously confirmed exhibitors AT&T, Amdocs, Ericsson, Huawei, Qualcomm, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, VMWare and ZTE, among many others. For more information on the Mobile World Congress Americas exhibition, visit: www.mwcamericas.com/exhibition.

Additional Partner Programs Confirmed

The GSMA announced several new affiliate and partner programs taking place during the three-day Mobile World Congress Americas show. Complementing the Women4Tech program, public charity MKF’s Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (WiSTEM) will hold its annual conference on September 11-12, in conjunction with Mobile World Congress Americas, offering additional content around women in the fields of science, engineering and math.

As an Affiliate Partner Program, FierceWireless will host a breakfast panel discussion on Tuesday, September 12 and on Wednesday, September 13. Topics include “Low Power Wide Area Network,” focusing on how startups are leveraging LPWA technologies to break open IoT opportunities, and “Telecom Transformation,” which will examine how 5G network technology focuses on adapting to software vs. hardware needs.

On Wednesday, September 13, 151 Advisors, a leading IoT advisory and execution firm, will present “APP-SOLUTELY IoT,” a half-day seminar where attendees will learn how to take advantage of IoT in their organizations, including building, deploying and managing secure IoT platforms and applications. On the same day, CBRS Alliance will hold a half-day session on their vision to enable in-building and outdoor coverage and capacity expansion at massive scale using LTE-based solutions and shared spectrum.

Get Involved at Mobile World Congress Americas 2017

Event registration opens in June 2017. For more information on Mobile World Congress Americas 2017, including how to attend, exhibit or sponsor, visit www.mwcamericas.com. Follow developments and updates on Mobile World Congress Americas on Twitter @GSMAEvents using #MWCA17, on our LinkedIn Mobile World Congress Americas page https://www.linkedin.com/company/gsma-mobile-world-congress-americas or on Facebook at .

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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, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.

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

About CTIA

CTIA® (www.ctia.org) represents the U.S. wireless communications industry and the companies throughout the mobile ecosystem that enable Americans to lead a 21st century connected life. The association’s members include wireless carriers, device manufacturers, suppliers as well as apps and content companies. CTIA vigorously advocates at all levels of government for policies that foster continued wireless innovation and investment. The association also coordinates the industry’s voluntary best practices, hosts educational events that promote the wireless industry and co-produces the industry’s leading wireless tradeshow. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.

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GSMA Announces First Keynote Speakers For GSMA Mobile World Congress Americas, In Partnership With CTIA

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May 31, 2017

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América Móvil, Coca-Cola, IBM Watson, Jaunt, Facebook, Google, Nokia, PayPal, Sprint, UPS and Verizon Wireless Executives to Speak at Inaugural Event; Additional Exhibitors, Partner Programs and Sponsors Announced

Atlanta: The GSMA announced the first confirmed speakers for the Mobile World Congress Americas debuting September 12-14, 2017 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. The GSMA also released additional details for the inaugural Americas event today, including new programs, exhibition elements, exhibitors and sponsors.

Mobile World Congress Americas will reflect an experience truly representative of North, Central and South America, capturing many of its region- and culture-specific nuances,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “Mobile is an essential part of how we interact, communicate, work and play, and the event will highlight key areas intersecting with mobile, from media, content and entertainment to enterprises and brands. We are looking forward to showcasing an industry that impacts literally billions of people around the world.”

Keynotes from Global Leaders in Mobile Technology

The GSMA announced global leaders across the mobile communications industry as the first keynote speakers for Mobile World Congress Americas, including:

• Carlos Slim Domit, CEO and Chairman, América Móvil

• Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises and Chairman, GSMA

• Meredith Atwell Baker, President and CEO, CTIA

• Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA

• George Kliavkoff, CEO and President, Jaunt

• Rajeev Suri, CEO, Nokia

• Dan Schulman, President and CEO, PayPal

• Marcelo Claure, President and CEO, Sprint and Chairman, CTIA

• Juan Perez, Chief Information and Engineering Officer, UPS

• Ronan Dunne, Executive Vice President and Group President, Verizon Wireless

Beyond the keynote program, Mobile World Congress Americas will offer focused track sessions that address how the future of the industry is taking shape. The “Content and Media” track will explore augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in entertainment and entertainment in the 5G world. Sessions examining artificial intelligence (AI), digital enterprise infrastructure, autonomous vehicles, and Internet of Things (IoT) platforms, services and security will be offered under the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” track. The “Consumer IoT” track will delve into cybersecurity, AI and its impact on virtual assistants and chatbots, and the retail experience. The “Network” track will address IoT connectivity and the 5G ecosystem. The conference will also highlight the mobile industry’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a keynote and track sessions focusing on different aspects of the 17 SDGs, such as digital inclusion, education, and the fight against climate change, on Tuesday, September 12.

The conference will also include the “Everything Policy” track, which will consist of panel discussions with leading policymakers and industry experts focused on key wireless issues. The two-day policy track will address spectrum auctions, wireless internet infrastructure, 5G, IoT innovations, public safety, unmanned aerial services and more.

Executives and industry experts confirmed to speak in the track sessions include:

• Amit Ahuja, Head of Audience and Planning Businesses, Adobe

• Domingo Guerra, co-Founder and President, Appthority

• Joan Marsh, SVP, Federal Regulatory, AT&T

• Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola

• Rebecka Cedering Ångström, Acting Head of ConsumerLab, Ericsson

• Monica Adractas, Director, North America, Workplace by Facebook

• Rob High, IBM Fellow, VP and CTO, IBM Watson

• Peter Sorckoff, Chief Creative Officer, EVP Brand and Innovation, NBA Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena

• Eugene Chung, Founder and CEO, Penrose Studios

• Dean Brenner, SVP, Spectrum Strategy and Technology Policy, Qualcomm Inc.

• Kathleen Ham, SVP, Government Affairs, T-Mobile USA, Inc.

• Luis Minoru, Chief Strategy Officer, TIM Brasil

• Grant Spellmeyer, VP, Federal Affairs and Public Policy, U.S. Cellular

• Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner, United States Federal Communications Commission

• Charla Rath, VP, Wireless Policy Development, Verizon

Women4Tech at Mobile World Congress Americas

Launched earlier this year at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to address the persistent gender gap in the mobile industry, the GSMA is extending the Women4Tech program to Mobile World Congress Americas. The program, which comprises a range of events and activities, prominently features the Women4Tech Summit on Wednesday, September 13, which will examine how gender diversity is changing the mobile ecosystem. The first confirmed Women4Tech keynote and session speakers include:

• Edith Yeung, Partner, 500 Startups

• Sabeen Ali, CEO, AngelHack

• Larissa Fontaine, Global Head and Director of Apps Business Development, Google Play, Google

• Erica Lockheimer, Senior Director of Engineering Growth and Leading Women In Tech, LinkedIn

• Triinu Magi, co-founder and CTO, Neura

Additional Women4Tech activities include a speed coaching and networking session on Thursday, September 14, and as part of the 4 Years From Now (4YFN) program lineup, a Women4Tech Diversity Panel on Tuesday, September 12 and an interactive workshop on Thursday, September 14. The Women4Tech Tours & Experience Program will take place on Tuesday, September 12 and will feature exhibitors and industry experts that are transforming the world of technology.

4YFN Event Debuts in Americas

Mobile World Congress Americas will introduce the 4YFN Startup Event in San Francisco. After four years of success at Mobile World Congress and Mobile World Congress Shanghai, 4YFN will break into the Americas region this September, enabling startups, investors, corporations and public institutions to connect and launch new ventures together. This program will feature a startup exhibition, open-stage panel discussions and pitch sessions, and networking events designed to evolve the startup ecosystem worldwide. Soracom has come on board as Gold Sponsor of 4YFN. For more on 4YFN, visit: www.mwcamericas.com/evyents/4yfn/.

NEXTech Showcases Leading-Edge Technologies

After a successful launch at the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, NEXTech is making its way to San Francisco for MWC Americas. Located in the West Hall of the Moscone Center, NEXTech is the ultimate destination for next-generation technology, with focused exhibition areas or “zones” showcasing forward-thinking companies and innovative technologies that are driving disruption across the entire mobile ecosystem. NEXTech will highlight cutting-edge technologies including VR and AR, robotics, connected and autonomous cars, and artificial intelligence. Companies in NEXTech include Samsung Electronics, who will have a significant presence alongside the VR/AR Association in the VR/AR Zone, as well as TomTom, who will be displaying their vision of the future of connected cars.

The GSMA announced several other new exhibitors for Mobile World Congress Americas, including 5G Americas, Avast, Gionee, Kore Wireless, Mobileum, Motorola Mobility, TATA Communications Transformation Services and Telit. They join previously confirmed exhibitors AT&T, Amdocs, Ericsson, Huawei, Qualcomm, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, VMWare and ZTE, among many others. For more information on the Mobile World Congress Americas exhibition, visit: www.mwcamericas.com/exhibition.

Additional Partner Programs Confirmed

The GSMA announced several new affiliate and partner programs taking place during the three-day Mobile World Congress Americas show. Complementing the Women4Tech program, public charity MKF’s Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (WiSTEM) will hold its annual conference on September 11-12, in conjunction with Mobile World Congress Americas, offering additional content around women in the fields of science, engineering and math.

As an Affiliate Partner Program, FierceWireless will host a breakfast panel discussion on Tuesday, September 12 and on Wednesday, September 13. Topics include “Low Power Wide Area Network,” focusing on how startups are leveraging LPWA technologies to break open IoT opportunities, and “Telecom Transformation,” which will examine how 5G network technology focuses on adapting to software vs. hardware needs.

On Wednesday, September 13, 151 Advisors, a leading IoT advisory and execution firm, will present “APP-SOLUTELY IoT,” a half-day seminar where attendees will learn how to take advantage of IoT in their organizations, including building, deploying and managing secure IoT platforms and applications. On the same day, CBRS Alliance will hold a half-day session on their vision to enable in-building and outdoor coverage and capacity expansion at massive scale using LTE-based solutions and shared spectrum.

Get Involved at Mobile World Congress Americas 2017

Event registration opens in June 2017. For more information on Mobile World Congress Americas 2017, including how to attend, exhibit or sponsor, visit www.mwcamericas.com. Follow developments and updates on Mobile World Congress Americas on Twitter @GSMAEvents using #MWCA17, on our LinkedIn Mobile World Congress Americas page https://www.linkedin.com/company/gsma-mobile-world-congress-americas or on Facebook at .

-ENDS-

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, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.

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

About CTIA

CTIA® (www.ctia.org) represents the U.S. wireless communications industry and the companies throughout the mobile ecosystem that enable Americans to lead a 21st century connected life. The association’s members include wireless carriers, device manufacturers, suppliers as well as apps and content companies. CTIA vigorously advocates at all levels of government for policies that foster continued wireless innovation and investment. The association also coordinates the industry’s voluntary best practices, hosts educational events that promote the wireless industry and co-produces the industry’s leading wireless tradeshow. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.

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