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GSMA Launches "GSMA 100" Initiative to Advance Next Generation of Connectivity and Digital Services


Identifies Growth-Stage Companies Focusing on Key Areas Including 5G,
AI, Consumer Experience, Data Analytics, IoT, Media and Entertainment
and Security

The GSMA today launched the "GSMA 100", a global innovation discovery
initiative designed to identify and advance the next generation of
connectivity and digital services. Comprised of the world's most
promising growth-stage companies and selected by mobile operators and
investment partners, the GSMA 100 represents operator innovation
priorities in key areas such as 5G and networking; artificial
intelligence and machine learning; consumer experience; data and
analytics; the Internet of Things; media and entertainment; and
security, among others. The GSMA 100 will be selected in three cohorts
per year, with the first 29 companies revealed today.

"The GSMA 100 initiative is driven by our operator members, based on
their common innovation priorities, and is designed to identify those
companies with the most compelling use cases and innovative business
models," said Laxmi Akkaraju, Chief Strategy Officer, GSMA. "This
programme will be critical in accelerating business development,
commercial partnerships and investment with mobile operator and key
partners and, ultimately, in the deployment of next-generation networks
and digital services that will benefit billions of subscribers around
the world."

The GSMA 100 are nominated by GSMA operator members, ecosystem companies
and leading technology investors and primarily include growth-stage,
venture-backed companies from their portfolios, partnerships or interest
areas. Following a competitive review process, the nominations are
evaluated and narrowed to yield the final cohorts.

The first companies named to the GSMA 100 include: 3TEN8, Affirmed
Networks, AISense, Allganize, Anomali, BehavioSec, BigPanda, Cape,
Centrify, Cleverciti, Couchbase, d.rect, Dashbot, Devo, Fullstory,
Fungible, Headspin, LotusFlare, MobiledgeX, Rombit, Sedona Systems,
Sentience, TRIPP, Verdigris, Versa Networks, Worldsensing, Xage and
Zimperium. This portfolio reflects corporate venture investment by
Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, NTT DOCOMO, SoftBank, T-Venture, Telstra
Ventures, Verizon Ventures and Vodafone, among others. The remaining two
cohorts for the GSMA 100 will be made public in February 2019 at Mobile
World Congress in Barcelona, and in June 2019 at Mobile World Congress

GSMA 100 at Mobile World Congress Americas
The GSMA 100
will be featured at the 2018 Mobile World Congress Americas taking place
12-14 September at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Companies in the
GSMA 100 showcase include Affirmed Networks, Devo, Headspin and TRIPP.
Visit the GSMA 100 exhibit in the West Hall, Stand 802. For full
information on Mobile World Congress Americas, visit

Key operators and partners contributing to the GSMA 100 include Amadeus
Capital, América Móvil, AT&T Foundry, Bessemer Venture Partners,
Blumberg Capital, BT, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, EIT Digital,
Ericsson Ventures, Forgepoint Capital, GE Ventures, GV, IQT, KDDI, KPN
Ventures, Lumia Venture Partners, Mayfield, MTN, Orange, Rogers
Communications, Safaricom, Sony Innovation Fund, Telefónica, Telenor
Group, Telstra Ventures, Telus, the UN World Food Programme, US
Cellular, Verizon Ventures and Vodafone, among others. For further
information on the GSMA 100, visit:


About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile
operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with over 350
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 World Congress, Mobile
World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile
360 Series of conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at
Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

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