gsm association announces shortlist of finalists for first mobile innovation award

By | January 19, 2006

London, 19 January 2006 – The 15 companies shortlisted for the mobile communication industry’s new Mobile Innovation Award have been announced by the GSM Association (GSMA).

This is the launch year of the Mobile Innovation Award, designed to encourage breakthrough technology in the mobile industry by bringing together small, young and start-up companies with industry investors and mobile operators. Sponsored by Orange and supported by both mobile technology investors and GSM network operators worldwide, the value of the Award’s commercial access opportunities and media exposure can be highly significant.

“No-one doubts the wealth of talent that exists in the mobile communications industry, but it’s a complex market with many players. Breakthrough technology has to fight hard to be heard,” said Craig Ehrlich, Chairman of the GSM Association. “The Mobile Innovation Award provides innovators with the best international stage on which to make themselves heard, and access to those individuals and organisations who can help them move forward.”

In addition to the Mobile Innovation Award, the Mobile Innovation Award winner will receive an invitation to attend the Orange Code Camp in Florida in May, an award-winning event in its own right that brings together mobile application developers, games publishers, content providers, device manufacturers and operating systems companies from all over the world to catalyse the creation of new and exciting applications and mobile content for possible commercialisation to over 60 million customers in 16 Orange countries.

The 15 companies are the survivors from over 150 worldwide entries scrutinised by an international panel of judges from the venture capital and global network operator community. In the next round, the 15 companies will present to, and take questions from, the same judges during the Mobile Innovation Forum on Monday 13 February at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona. The Forum is open to Congress delegates, or as an individual event. Attendees will gain a unique insight into the future of the mobile industry.

The Forum provides a key platform and profile opportunity for the Mobile Innovation Award. Keynote speaker for the 2006 Forum is one of the industry’s most successful entrepreneurs, Dr Mohamed Ibrahim, co-founder of Mobile Systems International and founder and executive chairman of Celtel International.

The 15 companies who will compete for a place in the Mobile Innovation Award final are:

Bango, Bitfone Corporation, BridgePort Networks, Coding Technologies, Firefly Mobile, Inc., IceMobile, INTERA Inc, ITIS Holdings plc, Kineto Wireless Inc, MobiTV, OZ Communications Inc, Qstik, SpinVox, Tapuz people, and Universal Music Mobile International.

Following the Mobile Innovation Forum, the judges will select three finalists to present at the ‘Identifying & Encouraging Innovation in the Mobile Industry’ session on 14 February at the 3GSM World Congress.

The winner of the Mobile Innovation Award will be announced at the 2006 GSM Association Awards Gala Dinner on the evening of Tuesday 14 February. The Mobile Innovation Award, supported by media partner Red Herring, is part of the established global GSM Association Awards programme, now in its eleventh year.

About the GSM Association

The GSM Association (GSMA) is the global trade association representing 679 GSM mobile phone operators across 213 countries of the world. In addition, more than 150 manufacturers and suppliers support the Association’s initiatives as key partners.

The primary goals of the GSMA are to ensure mobile phones and wireless services work globally and are easily accessible, enhancing their value to individual customers and national economies, while creating new business opportunities for operators and their suppliers. The Association´s members serve more than 1.5 billion customers – 78% of the world´s mobile phone users.

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