Brazil receives 2005 GSM Association Chairman's Award
Posted on 18-Feb-2005 18:33.
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Massive GSM growth in Latin America’s largest mobile market – and fourth largest in the world - was recognised as the GSM Association Chairman’s Award for Country Leadership was presented to Brazil, during the awards evening of the 3GSM World Congress 2005.
Two and a half years after launching the first GSM services, Brazil boasts more than 22 million GSM subscribers. Based on current growth, GSM will become the country’s leading mobile technology by end February 2005.
“The Brazilian government that has clearly recognised the full value that mobility can unlock for its citizens, and has done so in spectacular fashion,” said Craig Ehrlich, Chairman of the GSM Association.
“Brazil has benefited from the foresight of its regulator ANATEL to open up the mobile communications market to full competition – creating a fair and open competitive environment that has catalysed the GSM industry, and attracted massive inward investment to the tune of more than US$5 billion as a result,” said Ehrlich.
“Since ANATEL’S decision, some 40,000 new jobs have been created in this country by GSM, making it one of the most important international roaming markets in the world.”
During his presentation, Craig Ehrlich underlined the GSM Association’s initiative to create a new ‘low cost handset market segment’ that will greatly benefit customers across emerging markets of the world. He called on governments to partner with the mobile industry; “to help further reduce the barriers to providing communications for people who otherwise cannot afford to enjoy the many benefits that we take for granted.”
The GSM Association Chairman’s Award was established ten years ago as a public acknowledgement of outstanding contributions, either from an individual or an organization, to the development of the GSM standard worldwide. In 2004, the Award was presented to China Mobile Communications Corporation.