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CEO board formed to accelerate introduction of new wireless services

Chief executive officers from the world's leading wireless network operators have agreed to work together at the bo...

October 15, 2002  

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Chief executive officers from the world’s leading wireless network operators have agreed to work together at the boardroom level to speed the implementation of new services and third generation wireless networks.

The GSM Association confirmed that it would now establish a wireless network operator CEO-level Board to replace its current structure and provide leadership and strategic guidance to the global wireless community.

Its formation is driven by the need to accelerate and prioritize the agreement and introduction of common global platforms and to create the best possible environment for the fast introduction of compelling new consumer services, a board statement said.

The 21-member CEO board will include representatives of 12 of the world’s largest wireless operators by subscriber numbers.

The announcement came after the presentation of the restructuring plan at the GSM Association’s Plenary meeting in Istanbul, hosted by Turkish network operator, Telsim.

More than 90 per cent of the association’s members — representing more than 530 network operators and 750 million users in some 180 countries — supported the proposal to make fundamental changes to the global Association’s governance and decision-making processes.

The changes come into effect from January 1, 2003. The new Board will be charged with setting a clear and focused agenda for the GSM Association, and be better positioned to provide clarity of guidance and direction on operator needs to the broader wireless industry.

“This is a milestone in the maturity of our industry and the Association," said GSM association chairman, Jim Pratt. " It signals a new era of co-operation, understanding and communication as we respond to one of the most challenging business climates of all times.”

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