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

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

BARCELONA, Spain – 28 February 2018 – Today, the GSMA & the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Mobile World 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 and their communities. The agreement was signed by GSMA Director General Mats Granryd & ICANN President and 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 world, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 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 Globe Congress, Mobile Globe Congress Shanghai, Mobile Intercontinental 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 worldwide. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the globe.

Media Contacts:

GSMA Press Office

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

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


Updated: February 28, 2018 — 8:00 am

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