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GSMA and ICANN Sign Memorandum of Understanding at GSMA Mobile World Congress

GSMA & ICANN Sign Memorandum of Understanding at GSMA Mobile World Congress

BARCELONA, Spain – 28 February 2018 – Today, the GSMA and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Mobile Globe Congress being held this week in Barcelona. The MoU aims to enhance collaboration & raise awareness about Internet governance issues that are of common interest to both organizations & their communities. The agreement was signed by GSMA Director General Mats Granryd & ICANN President & CEO Göran Marby.

Over the years, mobile networks have evolved to become a critical infrastructure for Internet services, especially in developing countries. The goal of the MoU is to advance the organizations’ shared objective of fostering the continuous expansion of interoperable networks & the deployment of information and communication technology. The document highlights cooperation on capacity building & policy exchanges. Joint activities include workshops, regional events, & ad hoc interactions on technical subject matter areas that will further intersect the GSMA & ICANN’s respective missions.

Read the full Memorandum of Understanding here [PDF, 204 KB].

About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators globe, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset & 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 Globe Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas & the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.

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


ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure & unified intercontinental Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer – a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate & support these unique identifiers across the global. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the worldwide.

Media Contacts:

GSMA Press Office

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 031 3505

Buket Coskuner
Worldwide Communications Coordinator
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 487 6254


Updated: February 28, 2018 — 8:00 am

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