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GSMA Thrive 2020 Virtual Platform Series

July 30, 2020 | News

28 July 2020, London: after the hugely successful inaugural Thrive China event, the GSMA today announced full details of the GSMA Thrive 2020 series of events. Through GSMA Thrive, the virtual convening platform gives participants the quality experience that they have come to expect from the world’s leading mobile industry association. While the world adapts to the challenges of physical distancing, the GSMA continues to showcase world-class content and explore new ways for the industry to engage, interact and network. The GSMA is committed to unlocking the power of connectivity so that people, industry, and society thrive and are pleased to offer GSMA Thrive 2020 keynotes and online sessions to all attendees without charge. Please visit

GSMA Thrive 2020 Themes

The GSMA Thrive 2020 events connect the mobile industry to share ideas, drive innovation and impact the technological landscape.

5G and Leadership for Connectivity: This theme brings together ministers, policy makers and digital leaders to lead us into a connected future. The varied use cases for 5G apply further pressure to build nimble networks that are secure, and able to function for different requirements across a variety of sectors. What’s next for connectivity standards? Join our 5G discussions at the GSMA Thrive events series.

Disruptive Innovation: New business models, technologies and ideas are changing the ways we live and interact, bringing everyone closer together and making lives better for communities across the region. Sessions will focus on the “what next”, bringing to the fore the experts that are creating the innovations that we will all rely on in the future. What can we expect to see this next wave of technology? What will be the net impact on society, the environment and our planet?

IoT: We are at the dawn of a fully connected world. More data from connected devices will optimise decision making, increased efficiency will allow greater output, and connected devices will minimize downtime and maintenance costs. This theme will examine the business opportunities behind the technology and explore the new landscape of data and connectivity.

Digital Economy and Inclusion: This is the age of the new digital economy. Join us for fearless discussions as we navigate through the innovations that are redefining services today and explore what technological revolutions, driven by big data and AI we can foresee to shape the physical and cyber landscapes of our economies.

Digital Resilience: Digital Resilience has become a more significant topic following global events of 2020. Security in a digital society risk mitigation is essential – not just to prevent harm, but to minimise its impact and to recover quickly.

GSMA Thrive Event Series

GSMA Thrive events connect the mobile industry to share ideas, drive innovation and impact the technological landscape and will include keynote addresses, online presentations and panel sessions which contain unrivalled insights and best practices. There will be a virtual exhibition that provides additional opportunities targeted at start-ups and innovative companies, all of which aim to help businesses recover and emerge more robust than ever.

Fraud and Security Group

Sponsored by: Arptel

22-24 September

Thrive Africa

29 September – 1 October

Topics: Accelerate Africa, Building Wakanda, Generation Digital Citizen, Health of the Internet, Leadership for Connectivity, One People One Purpose
Founding Partners: Mastercard, MTN, Orange and ZTE
Policy Leaders Forum Partners: Facebook and Safaricom
Sponsored by: Africa50, Famoco, Standard Bank, and The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers Include:

Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
Stéphane Richard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orange, Chairman of Board, GSMA
Rob Shuter, CEO, MTN
Jorn Lambert, Chief Digital Officer, Mastercard

Wholesale Agreements and Solutions

20- 22 October

Host Partner: Infobip
Partners: Arptel, BICS, Cicada Exchange, Comfone, iBasis,, MessageBird, Mobileum, Syniverse, Sparkle and TOMIA

Thrive North America featuring the CTIA 5G Summit

27 – 29 October

Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Disruptive Innovation, Data and Disruption in the 5G Era, IoT
Lead Partner: Verizon
IoT Theme Partner: Telit
5G Theme Sponsor: Ericsson
Sponsored by: Celerway Communication, Celona, ETS-Lindgren, Global Certification Forum, Infoblox, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Korea International Trade Association, Mavenir, NSYS Group, NTT DOCOMO USA, Skyworks Semiconductor and Zyxel

Thrive Shenzhen

29 – 30 October

Topics: Innovation for Digital Cities in the 5G Era – Digital Government, New Consumption, Future Smart Home, Future Pan-Entertainment, and Future Mobility
Digital Government Forum Partner: Dell Technologies

Thrive Asia Pacific

3 – 5 November

Topics: Empowering a New Digital Nation, Material Movements: Smart Logistics and Supply Chains and Digital Resilience, Reshaping Companies for a Digital Era, Retail and Delivery in the New Normal, The ASEAN Digital Economy
Sponsored by: Facebook

Thrive Eurasia

11-12 November

Topics: 5G, Digital Resilience, FinTech and Value Creation

Thrive Latin America

1-3 December

Topics: Connected Everything, IoT and Cybersecurity, Leadership for Connectivity,
Lead Partner: América Móvil
Sponsored by: Facebook

Get Involved in the GSMA Thrive 2020 Series

Pre-registration is now open for all GSMA Thrive events. Please visit For more information on THE GSMA Thrive 2020 series, please visit, Follow developments and updates through our social media channels – on Twitter @GSMA using #GSMAThrive, on LinkedIn or Facebook at

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