Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance mobile telecommunications in India. COAI and GSMA have agreed to come together once again to work and collaborate on areas of mutual interest.

The MoU was signed by Lt. Gen. Dr. SP Kochhar, DG, COAI, and Julian Gorman, head of APAC, GSMA.  COAI and GSMA have a common objective to support the advancement of world-class mobile infrastructure, products, and services and to deliver the benefits of innovative and affordable mobile communication services to the people of India.

The move follows the need by users of robust mobile experiences and availability of mobile broadband, especially in the context of emerging technologies and driving forces working in collaboration with different types of organisations around the world.

Commenting on the partnership, Lt. Gen. Dr. SP Kochhar, director general, COAI, said, “We are extremely excited to enter into this strategic partnership with GSMA. This partnership will allow us to have a regular and continuous policy discussions to advance mobile telecommunications contribution in India and raise the profile of the mobile network operators and the wider mobile ecosystem as an essential body for achieving the digital India vision, through various workshops, thought leadership seminars, conferences and meetings.”

Meanwhile, Julian Gorman, head of APAC, GSMA, said, “This MoU reaffirms the long-standing partnership between GSMA and COAI. We will help achieve the digital India vision by working together and leveraging each of our advantages with joint advocacy. Together, we support the telecommunications market to deliver to the people of India a world-class mobile broadband ecosystem, with innovative and affordable mobile communication services.”

GSMA will provide insights on “global event best practice” planning and execution and also “Specific point of Contact” will be appointed to manage the commitments under this MoU. On the other hand, COAI will provide local intelligence on current and upcoming policy/regulatory issues and initiatives that may have implications for the mobile industry.