GSMA – Interview with Markus Reinisch, Chair of the Chief Regulatory Officers Group for Europe.
The GSMA represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry. Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations. The GSMA is focused on innovating, incubating and creating new opportunities for its membership, all with the end goal of driving the growth of the mobile communications industry.
In the European Union the GSMA represents more than 100 mobile network operators providing over 600 million subscriber connections across the region. We also have associate members (manufacturers and suppliers) and use our combined expertise to give the mobile communication industry a single and powerful voice. GSMA Europe’s primary objective is to support our members’ efforts to advance their collective public policy interests at the European Union (EU) level by effectively informing the public policy debate on areas touching mobile.
These interests and activities cover the whole spectrum of mobile communications, ensuring that wireless services work effectively, efficiently and safely around Europe. At the heart of everything we do is the aim of enhancing the value of mobile services to individual customers and national economies, while creating new opportunities for operators and their suppliers.
The GSMA Europe office coordinates the efforts of the GSMA and its members to effectively inform the public policy in Europe on policy and regulatory developments that impact the mobile industry.
Central to this task are the Operator Expert Groups, which are composed of public policy and technical experts from our member companies. 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 GSMA’s governance structure as the bridge between the Operator Expert Groups and the Public Policy Committee of the GSMA Board. It consists of the senior public policy representatives of our main member companies in Europe.