Thursday, February 27, 2014

Press Release: Barcelona Witnesses New Records In GSMA Mobile World Congress 2014

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With More Than 85,000 Visitors, Attendance Up By 18 Per Cent Over Mobile World Congress 2013
27 February 2014, Barcelona: The GSMA today reported that more than 85,000* visitors from 201 countries attended the 2014 Mobile World Congress, setting another new record for the mobile industry’s premier event. In addition to the more than 80,000 attendees at Mobile World Congress at Fira Gran Via, more than 5,000 people participated in a range of partner programmes at Fira Montjuïc.
“By any measure, the 2014 Mobile World Congress was a stunning success and we thank our attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and partners for their continued support,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “Beyond the number of attendees and participating companies, the continued expansion of the event to address key adjacent industry sectors demonstrates just how pervasive mobile is in our everyday lives and how integrated it is becoming in everything that we do. It’s gratifying to be part of such a dynamic, exciting industry.”
Mobile World Congress set additional records, with more than 1,800 exhibiting companies showcasing cutting-edge products and services across 98,000 net square metres of exhibition and hospitality space. More than 3,800 international media and industry analysts attended the event to report on the many significant industry announcements made at the Congress. Preliminary independent economic analysis indicates that the 2014 Mobile World Congress will have contributed more than €356 million and 7,220 part-time jobs to the local economy.
The four-day conference and exhibition attracted executives from the world’s largest and most influential mobile operators, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies and companies from industry sectors such as automotive, finance and healthcare, as well as government delegations from across the globe. Over 50 per cent of this year’s Mobile World Congress attendees hold C-level positions, including more than 4,500 CEOs and 18 per cent of attendees for the 2014 show were women.
Leading CEOs Take the Stage at Mobile World Congress 
The Mobile World Congress conference programme featured Mobile World Live keynotes from Mark Zuckerberg, Founder, and CEO, Facebook and Virginia Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO, IBM. CEOs and senior executives from companies including Alcatel-Lucent, América Móvil, Bitcoin Foundation, Cisco, Citigroup, Connecthings, EMC Corporation, Etisalat Group, Ford Motor Company, Isis, Jasper Wireless, Kakao Corp., KDDI, Lookout, Millicom, NTT DOCOMO, Raspberry Pi Foundation, Shazam Entertainment, Shhmooze, SingTel, SK Planet, Tele2 Group, Viacom International Media Networks and WhatsApp also participated in the keynote programme.
Record Attendance to GSMA Ministerial ProgrammeThe GSMA’s Ministerial Programme again saw record attendance, with government delegations from 160 countries and intergovernmental organisations meeting in Barcelona, including 74 Ministers. The Ministerial Programme brings together governments, regulators and industry leaders to discuss the specific regulatory issues shaping the development of mobile around the world. Ooredoo and Tata Consultancy Services were the Official Sponsors for the 2014 GSMA Ministerial Programme.
Connected Living Coming of Age 
The Connected City, one of the most popular attractions at Mobile World Congress, attracted 17,000 visitors over four days. The Connected City, presented with operator partners AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, KT and Vodafone showcased mobile connected solutions for a range of services, such as education, health, retail, transport, smart cities and others. Among the many highlights from the Connected City was a team of connected basketball players from PABA (Pays d’Aix Basket Asptt) wearing the latest Cityzen Sciences' smart sensing sportswear coupled with mobile broadband to monitor and optimise team performance as well as data management, as well as Oral-B’s interactive electric toothbrush with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, which was introduced at Mobile World Congress.
NFC Experience at Mobile World Congress
The 2014 event featured an expanded NFC Experience, offering a range of services for attendees with NFC-enabled devices, such as venue access with the NFC Badge, catering and networking, access to event information and other downloadable material, as well as demonstrations of the latest NFC products and services, among others. Ten thousand attendees utilised the NFC Badge and nearly 51,000 NFC transactions were made across Fira Gran Via.  Building on the success of the NFC Badge in 2013, customers of Bouygues Telecom, Bharti Airtel, Dialog, Etisalat, KT Corp., Orange, Tata and Telstra were able to further streamline their entry to Mobile World Congress by participating in a trial using their mobile operator credentials to confirm their identity.
Mobile World Congress Back at Montjuïc
This year, the Mobile World Congress included a number of partner-led events at Fira Montjuïc, drawing more than 5,000 attendees. Montjuïc hosted mPowered Industries, with keynotes from companies such as the BBC, Marriott International, Procter & Gamble and Walmart, and vertical industry conference from ECHAlliance, EyeforTravel, Mobile Media Summit and NAB Show; the WIPJam and GSMA DEVCON and HACKATHON; and 4 Years From Now (4YFN), a mobile entrepreneurship and innovation event created by Mobile World Capital.
Mobile World Congress: A Carbon Neutral Event 
The 2014 Mobile World Congress will be the world’s largest tradeshow certified to have a zero carbon footprint. The GSMA is in the process of certifying Mobile World Congress as carbon neutral through the internationally recognised PAS 2060 standard. To achieve carbon neutrality, the GSMA undertook activities to reduce the carbon footprint of Mobile World Congress and has purchased carbon credits to offset any remaining emissions, funding projects including a hydropower project in China, a wind energy project in India and a geothermal energy project in Kenya.
Mobile World Congress 2015
The 2015 Mobile World Congress will be held 2-5 March 2015 at Fira Gran Via.
“It has been another fantastic week here in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona. On behalf of the GSMA, we thank the city of Barcelona, the city of Hospitalet, the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Fira de Barcelona and all of our Barcelona partners, for their continued strong support. I would also like to extend our deepest gratitude to so many others that make our event such a success, including the police forces, the operators of transport services including bus, taxi, Metro and train and the hotels and restaurants throughout Barcelona. We look forward to returning next year and building on our success together,” concluded Hoffman. 
The Mobile World Congress is the cornerstone of the Mobile World Capital, which will be hosted in Barcelona from 2013 to 2018. The Mobile World Capital encompasses programmes and activities that span the entire year and will benefit not only the citizens of Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain, but also the worldwide mobile industry. For more information on the Mobile World Capital, visit  
For more information on the 2014 Mobile World Congress, please visit
Note to editor: *This figure represents the number individual attendees at the event, including delegates, exhibitors, contractors and media; it does not represent the total number of entries to the event.
About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with more than 230 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, media, transport and utilities. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as the Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Expo. 
For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at or Mobile World Live, the online portal for the mobile communications industry, at
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Press Release: NNG, ANS and Blaupunkt Announce Plans for India for 2014

NNG and ANS Announce Partnership with Blaupunkt and Reveal India Plans for 2014


Strategic partners NNG and ANS deliver their first navigation product of the year to Blaupunkt

27th February, 2014 – Jointly announcing several navigation products for the Indian market mid-last year, Ayana Navigation Solutions (ANS) and NNG LLC today announced their cooperation with the Indian branch of German car infotainment giant Blaupunkt.

The recently launched San Diego 530 is Blaupunkt India’s latest aftermarket multimedia system for OEMs on the local market, it comes equipped with a fully-featured and integrated navigation solution by NNG and ANS. This joint navigation solution comes with up-to-date maps of India including almost 1.800.000 km of roads and more than 6.700.000 POIs (Points of Interest). A range of features specifically localized for India, such as the Intelligent Quick Search, Smart History, Speed Limits, and automatic handling of congested routes, make this product a premium navigation offering.

Adding to the entertainment quotient, the San Diego 530 also includes an inbuilt high end multimedia video playback, powerful 4*45w sound output, unmatched connectivity for all types of portable media and a DSP tuner which provides crystal clear sound and supports weak signal processing and noise suppression, making it ideal for the Indian market.

With the help of NNG’s map update service, the program can be kept fresh over the long run as well. One free update per year is available to users for two years. Map updates, as well as additional content purchases and service subscriptions can be handled in a simple and user-friendly way through the unique online portal:
In India, NNG and ANS have received a tremendous response from the automotive aftermarket and line-fit space. The 2013 results have shown that NNG owns a 30% market share in the line-fit industry. In 2014, NNG is aiming for a 40% share. The company’s aftermarket results in India have reached 30% market share, a number which NNG plans to increase to 70% in 2014. In the last 3 months, NNG and ANS have started working with four more Tier1 suppliers and car makers.

Commenting on the company’s success in India and the association with Blaupunkt, Péter Bolesza, Vice President of Emerging Markets at NNG, said “We are overwhelmed with the response received from the Indian market and are proud to expand our relationship with Blaupunkt. Navigation solutions have become the need of the hour in India and the San Diego 530 meets consumer requirements in two ways: easy-to-use reliable navigation and an unmatched multimedia experience.”

Pankaj Jagwani, Director at Blaupunkt India said, “Our aim has always been to offer innovative in-car infotainment solutions to car makers and their customers to enhance their driving experience. NNG and ANS are an excellent choice for providing advanced and steadfast navigation solutions, due to their global experience and deep understanding of the Indian road system. ”

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NNG is the leading navigation solution provider for the Automotive, Personal and Wireless navigation markets, offering on-board 3D navigation applications that incorporate connected features and a universal online update portal. The core technology is based on the standard-setting iGO Navigation Engine, comprising of innovative navigation software, fluid User Interfaces and related content and services to device manufacturers, auto makers, network operators, professional transport specialists and individual users globally.

iGO Navigation software is currently installed in more than 20 million devices throughout the world. Based on supplier agreements with 16 Tier1s delivering to over 30 car brands, NNG intends to ship another 30 million licenses in the coming years. NNG continues to develop global markets for navigation solutions through 8 company branches, including Hungary, Israel, Switzerland, India, Australia, China, and the United States (2x).

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About ANS
Ayana Navigation Solutions (ANS) is a company established in 2011, located in India, developing and offering complete navigation solutions and car multimedia systems. It provides highly customized, localized solutions for numerous regions including India, Middle East, Africa, Europe, Russia & CIS, and North America.
ANS is focused on key segments of the navigation market, most notably personal navigation devices, automotive solutions, smartphones, tablets and enterprise solutions.
 The company’s primary focus is providing complete solutions to its partners and customers, including navigation devices and software, map updates and several online services. The software solution is based on the iGO Navigation Engine developed by NNG, supports several OS platforms (including Android), and has a wide and continuously expanding selection of integrated navigational features.
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About Blaupunkt
Blaupunkt (meaning “blue point” in German) is recognized as a symbol of German quality and innovation since 1928. It is one of the world’s leading car infotainment brands and has shaped the in-car entertainment industry for 90 years. Blaupunkt has a history of innovation and firsts - from the first car radio in 1932 to the first radio with FM, first digital radio, first radio with video navigation, first RDS radio, first drive-less radio, to more recently the world’s first internet radio in 2009. 
Blaupunkt is today, an infotainment partner of choice to the world’s leading passenger car OEs including VW, Audi, Bentley, GM, Proton, Hyundai, Kia, Tata, Mahindra as well as a number of commercial vehicle providers including Fuso, Isuzu, Fendt, Lada, Claas CAT etc.

Press Release: Enterprise App codeREADr Bundled With Additional Features for Auditors

Enterprise App Combines Photo Capture with Time, Date and GPS Location to Authenticate Data Collected by Auditors and Field Service Workers

codeREADr for iOS and Android Captures IDs, Form Data and Visual Records both Online and Offline to Enable the Precise Tracking of Assets.

Boston, MA – February 27, 2014

Skycore LLC, the developers of codeREADr, an enterprise barcode scanning app, have today announced adding the ability for auditors and field service workers to photograph tracked assets for inclusion within formal, electronic scan records.  This new feature aims to help enterprises authenticate field data using visual proof of the asset’s condition at a specific time, date and location.

The codeREADr app user is prompted to scan an asset’s barcode and then take photos and enter form data via manual entry, voice-to-text, additional scans, multiple choice and drop-down menus. These scan records are posted in real time to codeREADr’s servers or directly to a client’s cloud-based or local server. If connectivity is unavailable or unstable, scan records are stored on the iOS or Android device for syncing when connectivity is restored. 

“Our clients requested the photo capture feature to more precisely collect and formally document the condition of assets and the situations surrounding those assets. This helps reduce data collection errors and, in some cases, fraud,” said Rich Eicher, Skycore’s CEO and founding member of the codeREADr team.

The benefits of photo capture include:

·        Providing proof for shippers or recipients as to the condition of assets prior to shipment
·        Providing proof that rented facilities or equipment were in good condition before/after rental
·        Recording an asset’s appearance for insurance and valuation purposes
·        Recording the improper or non-compliant storage, display or use of assets
·        Capturing images of equipment with unreadable barcodes or no barcodes at all
A ‘scan record’ does not have to be initiated with scanning barcodes or reading RFID/NFC asset tags. The app also allows users to simply enter an ID via text or voice or to use the app's lookup option for quickly finding the name, description or ID of an asset, person or object to initiate a scan record.

The app and Web service can be used for free for up to 50 scan records per month. The cost for unlimited scan records starts at $9.99 per month for a 1-Device Plan with volume pricing available on request.

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About codeREADr
The codeREADr app and SaaS platform enable enterprises and third-party integrators to easily implement local and cloud-based auto-ID and data capture solutions (AIDC) using smartphones, tablets and other devices. 

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Press Release: New Smart Cameras With Instant Multiple Sharing from Samsung


·         Effortlessly shoot outstanding images with Samsung’s new cameras designed elegantly with powerful zoom capabilities and advanced NFC and Wi-Fi features

New Delhi, February 24, 2014: Samsung Electronics has announced the launch of four new Smart Cameras in the WB series for the Indian market. The new line-up which includes the WB35F, WB50F, WB350F and WB1100F offers a perfect blend of stylish design, superb image quality and next-generation sharing capability, offering photographers of all abilities a great way to capture and share their world.

The new WB family of cameras boasts the latest Smart Connectivity features, equipped with NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities so that sharing images with friends and family is easier and more enjoyable. The brand new Tag & Go feature takes sharing to an entirely new level as it seamlessly connects the cameras with smartphones by touching the two devices together, no configuration is required. With no manual set up required, an array of features are activated which make it simple to transfer, share and back up images. This includes Photo Beam, which immediately transfers the image being viewed on the camera to a smartphone or tablet, while AutoShare saves images straight to the device in real time, removing the burden of manually backing up pictures. Furthermore, Remote Viewfinder offers greater flexibility when setting up shots, as the camera can be controlled via a smartphone to act as a viewfinder, as well as providing access to a host of manual settings, while Mobile Link allows the transfer of selected images to smartphones, making sharing quick and easy.

The new cameras also come pre-loaded with a suite of standard Smart Mode and Smart Auto Mode features, allowing the photographer to capture the most stunning photographs wherever they are with an unparalleled level of customization and functionality. Smart Mode allows for a number of different customization and personalization settings to be used by photographers. Smart Auto analyses shooting environments and selects the most optimal settings for any situation.

SMART Camera WB35F
The Samsung WB35F was created for ambitious photography enthusiasts that want an affordable device with imaging capabilities. It comes in four different colors (black, red, white and purple) and the 67.5mm (2.7-inch) QVGA LCD screen helps for easy and simple control of navigation, letting photographers focus on shooting, editing and sharing the exciting moments that make up their lives.

The WB35F boasts of an 12X optical zoom and 16MP CCD sensor, allowing photographers to capture stunning images in sharp definition and vibrant color. Additional capabilities of the device includes Live Panorama mode in which users can automatically activate panoramic image capture by simply spanning the device from side to side. In addition, there is a video mode capability in which users can capture HD video recordings in HD quality. 

SMART Camera WB50F
With a soft flash and charming design, the WB50F is the best camera that the whole family can enjoy. It is sleek and stylish, with a clear 12x optical zoom, a 16MP CCD sensor and bouncing soft flash that allows photographers to create images that are soft and naturally lit as well as those that are bright, light and crisp. Samsung’s WB50F also has a 75.0mm (3.0-inch) HVGA LCD screen that makes navigation easier.

The Samsung WB50F was created with the style conscious and aesthetically-aware photographer at heart. It comes in four different colors including white, black and red, and its sleek design will appeal to those who want a camera to be both a fashion accessory and photography device.

SMART Camera WB350F
People who want to capture and share powerful and unique images can now do so with the impressively equipped Samsung WB350F SMART Camera. This state of the art compact zoom camera comes with 21x optical zoom capabilities and a 23mm Wide Angle lens as standard, allowing users to create images with striking depth and detail. The WB350F is also furnished with an impressive 16MP BSI CMOS sensor. This eliminates the need to use a flash at inopportune moments or at events – as the superior sensor needs less light than its conventional counterparts, without sacrificing image quality. You can use Tag&Go, Wi-Fi and NFC just like the above mentioned cameras and the camera is also capable of uploading images directly to Dropbox.

Another facet of the device is its ability to capture Full HD video recordings at 30 frames a second, while the 75.0mm (3.0-inch) hVGA Hybrid Touch LCD Screen allows users to watch their recordings back in impressive definition while also allowing for simple and intuitive navigation through both controls and text entry. The various smart modes that are standard with the WB350F demonstrate how Samsung is responding to the increasing demand for in-device editing and personalization focused on the individual end-user. Capabilities such as Dual Capture and Baby Monitor let WB350F owners to use the device in a number of different ways that suit their specific needs. The Samsung WB350F is the ideal companion for those who want an elegant and impressively equipped camera. Its compact and well-designed leather-feel device shell comes in five striking colors and houses a suite of state-of-the-art settings and technology. The WB350F will be available in White, Black, Brown, Red and Blue. 

Samsung SMART Camera WB1100F
The WB1100F brings users up close and personal with the subject of their compositions with its 35x Optical zoom capabilities coupled with the device’s 25mm wide angle lens. The new camera allows owners to capture both depth and breadth in stunning clarity and detail. Building on the device’s impressive zoom abilities, Samsung has developed and fitted the WB1100F with a Speed Control Key that allows users to move through the various levels of zoom with speed and ease. This ensures that fleeting moments are captured in deep zoom detail and not missed while focusing in on the action. The Speed Control Key can be used to activate both the zoom capability and Panorama mode which creates beautiful panoramic images in crisp and clear detail.

The Samsung WB1100F is designed for adventurous photographers who want to zoom into striking moments and share their creations with friends and family instantly. Its comfortable grip allows for use in every situation, and the device’s state of the art design will appeal to the most design conscious camera enthusiasts. The WB1100F will be available in Black and Red.

The WB35F is priced at Rs.12,490/- while the WB50F, WB350F and the WB1100F are available for Rs. 14,990/-, Rs.21,490/- and Rs. 20,990/- respectively. With the addition of these new models, Samsung’s Digital Still Cameras portfolio, Samsung now has a complete lineup of 9 digital cameras priced between Rs. 7,190/- to Rs.58,900/-.

About Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 270,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit

Press Release: GSMA and Facebook Jointly Aim To Connect the Unconnected

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GSMA and Facebook to Focus Work on Reducing Total Cost of Ownership of Mobile
25 February 2014, Barcelona: The GSMA and Facebook, through its partnership, today announced a joint initiative designed to connect the billions of men and women globally that currently have no access to Internet-based communications services. The joint initiative will focus on reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) of mobile, given that mobile will be the enabling technology for the vast majority of people in developing markets.
“While there are nearly 7 billion mobile connections worldwide, there are only 3.4 billion people that currently have mobile phones,” said Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA. “Mobile will offer many around the world, particularly in emerging markets, their only access to the Internet and the information and communications services it enables. Connecting the next billion is a major goal of the GSMA and we are pleased to be working with Facebook and to make this a reality.”
“We launched the partnership last year as a contribution to addressing the challenge of ensuring everyone has affordable access to the Internet,” said Elliot Schrage, VP Communications and Public Policy, Facebook. “Mobile operators are key to meeting this challenge and we are pleased to be able to work with GSMA on making sure that mobile Internet can be delivered in a sustainable and affordable way.”
The activities undertaken by the GSMA and Facebook will entail working with governments in developing markets to address key factors that have an impact on affordability and availability. The partnership will focus on creating a sustainable environment to incentivise mobile infrastructure investment and usage, as well as eliminating or reducing existing mobile-specific taxation or refraining from imposing new such tax regimes. The GSMA and Facebook recently issued reports elaborating on these issues.
The GSMA study “Mobile Taxes and Fees: A Toolkit of Principles and Evidence” examined the current taxation burden on mobile in 19 countries in developing markets, revealing the significant negative impact of sector-specific taxation in these markets. The research findings demonstrate that taxes on mobile restrict the growth of the sector, as well as consumer uptake of mobile services. Facebook supports the GSMA’s recommendation that governments should take early action to reduce the excessive levels of sector-specific taxes and fees on the mobile industry.
The Facebook report “Value of Connectivity” looks at the impact of extending Internet access to the billions of individuals that are currently unconnected. The findings suggest that if developing countries could bridge the gap in Internet penetration to reach levels that developed economies enjoy today, they would experience large increases in GDP growth and productivity and improvements in health conditions and education opportunities, providing a clear potential to reduce poverty and promote long-term economic and social development.
Together, the GSMA and Facebook will also address a range of other issues that will improve affordability and help to connect the world’s population to the Internet, such as: maximising the availability of harmonised spectrum to drive mobile broadband adoption; evaluating the establishment of local Internet Exchange Points (IXPs); fostering the development of local Internet content; and examining the effectiveness of Universal Service Funds.
The GSMA report “Mobile Taxes and Fees: A Toolkit of Principles and Evidence” is available at
The Facebook report “Value of Connectivity” is available at
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About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, media, transport and utilities. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Expo. 
For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.
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Monday, February 24, 2014


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24 February 2014, Barcelona: The GSMA today recognised the governments of Botswana, Lebanon, Spain and the United Arab Emirates at the mobile industry’s prestigious Government Mobile Excellence Awards, which honour governments’ significant achievements in driving the growth and socio-economic impact of the mobile industry in their respective countries. This year, the Government Mobile Excellence Awards have been expanded to include four categories: Government Leadership, Spectrum for Mobile Broadband, Economic Policy for Sustainable Mobile Growth and Connected Government. The awards acknowledge government policies and regulation that encourage investment and support transparency, competition and regulatory independence.
“The governments of Botswana, Lebanon, Spain and the United Arab Emirates have demonstrated a clear commitment to putting mobile at the top of their digital agendas,” said Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA. “We encourage administrations from around the globe to be inspired by their achievements and adopt similar best practice measures in order to encourage greater mobile industry investment, support innovation and increase the provision of mobile services for their citizens.”
Government Leadership Award - Government of Botswana
The 2014 Government Leadership Award was presented to the Government of Botswana and the Honourable Minister of Communications, Mr. Nonofo Molefhi. The Minister and his Government’s leadership and vision for a digital Southern Africa were the catalyst for a regional collaboration at the “Encouraging Digital Inclusion in Southern Africa” Ministerial Summit held in Kasane, Botswana in September 2013. This summit culminated in the signing of a joint communiqué by six countries, supported by a commitment from the GSMA to expand capacity-building efforts in the region. The agreement serves as a framework for enhanced regional policy coordination.
Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award - Government of the United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has been at the forefront of the international drive to increase the spectrum available for mobile broadband. The TRA chaired the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference in 2012 and led intensive coordination and consensus building efforts to identify the 700MHz band for mobile, at an international level. In May 2013, the United Arab Emirates became the first country in the Middle East, Africa or Europe to identify the 700MHz spectrum band for mobile — a milestone in the development of what promises to become a nearly global harmonised spectrum band for mobile broadband.
Economic Policy for Sustainable Mobile Growth Award - Government of Spain
The Digital Agenda for Spain, approved in February 2013, is the government’s strategy to develop Spain’s digital economy and society. With 121 concrete measures and a budget of €2.3 billion, the strategy combines an innovative legislative framework, to promote mobile network deployment; a publicly-funded programme, to expand mobile network coverage in less profitable areas; and the allocation of more spectrum for mobile broadband. To increase investment in mobile infrastructure, the Government of Spain is developing a new General Telecommunication Law, which will increase legal certainty and provide efficiency gains for mobile operators through legislation that reduces the cost of network deployment.
Connected Government Award - Government of Lebanon
The Government of Lebanon’s “Open Your Tomorrow” project seeks to provide every student with an affordable 3G tablet, purpose-built with academic content and robust security. Working with a number of technology providers, the aim is to improve education opportunities and provide children with a learning advantage, levelling the playing field with children from around the world. Lebanon’s Ministry of Telecommunications funded the project by sourcing 15,000 Android-based tablets, all equipped with parental controls and an enterprise mobility management (EMM) system provided by AirWatch. The Ministry of Education’s goal is to deploy an additional 400,000 tablets into schools within the next two years and inspire content publishers and app developers to produce educational materials for academic purposes.
The awards were presented as part of the GSMA’s annual Ministerial Programme at Mobile World Congress. More than 1,200 key government and regulatory representatives from around the world are meeting with industry leaders to discuss specific regulatory issues relating to the development of mobile communications. This year, the Ministerial Programme has attracted more than 160 delegations, representing all regions.
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About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, media, transport and utilities. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Expo. 

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Press Release: Samsung New NX30 and Galaxy Camera 2

Press Release : Samsung Introduces New NX30 and Galaxy Camera 2

Samsung Introduces New NX30 and Galaxy Camera 2

- New NX30 Compact System Camera lets users capture and share high quality imagery in an instant with advanced features, improved flexibility and fast connectivity
- Galaxy Camera 2 boasts a lightweight retro design and Android OS, allowing photographers to capture and share even more, with superior quality and speed

New Delhi – February 18, 2014 – At its 2014 Samsung Forum, Samsung Electronics announced two additions to its industry leading range of Digital Imaging devices, the NX30 and the Galaxy Camera 2. The NX30 is a professionally-inspired compact system camera delivering high quality images with faster than ever performance. The Galaxy Camera 2, the latest device in the award winning Galaxy Camera line-up, combines the quality imaging of a high end camera with the sharing capabilities and intuitive interface associated with the most up-to-date smartphones.

Samsung NX30

Image Quality at the Core

High quality images with rich color are guaranteed with the advanced 20.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor. Delivering shots that are bursting with sharp detail and intense colors, the large sensor is ideal for creating rich images with dramatic foreground and background blur, providing professional quality imaging that ignites the visual senses. Featuring the Samsung NX AF System II that boasts fast and accurate auto focusing, this new model ensures all moments – including fast-moving scenes and subjects – that make up the beauty of everyday life will never be missed. 

Capturing short-lived, fast-paced moments in perfect clarity is achievable with the NX30's exceptionally fast 1/8000 sec Shutter Speed and the 9 frame per seconds (FPS) Continuous Shooting function. These features help to further break down the action and capture movement beyond what the eye can see so that each split second can be appreciated.

Featuring a unique Tiltable Electronic Viewfinder (XGA, 2,359K-dot resolution) the NX30 makes it easier than ever to discover a new perspective. Whether crowds are obstructing the shot or a more creative angle is desired, the 80 degree tilt means that different viewpoints are simple to achieve. With the ability to move from side to side up to 180 degrees, and upward and downward up to 270 degrees, the NX30's 76.7mm (3.0-inch) Super AMOLED Swivel and Touch Display offers flexible angles which are especially useful for self-shooting, whether for stills or video capture.

Smart Connectivity, Tag & Go

Building on the successes of Samsung's market leading SMART CAMERA technology, the NX30's NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities offer the next-generation of connectivity, making it is easier than ever to take advantage of a host of intuitive sharing features. The ‘Tag & Go’ function lets users tap and share memories instantly and easily, pairing the NX30 with NFC enabled smartphones and tablets.

The Photo Beam feature allows users to transfer images or videos between smartphones or tablets by simply touching devices together, with no other configuration needed. MobileLink lets users select multiple images to send to four distinct smart devices at one time - everyone can treasure photos, without the need to take repetitive shots on each individual device. AutoShare automatically sends every photo you take instantly to your smartphone or tablet and the Remote Viewfinder Pro function enables users to control many features of the NX30 from a smartphone, allowing the user to zoom and snap shots remotely yet still have full visibility of the scene, opening up new photographic possibilities. Manual settings can still be accessed, including shutter speed and aperture, so that photographers can retain camera control yet have another option as to how they want to frame their shot.

Dropbox, the popular web storage service, is pre-loaded on the NX30 in selected regions – making it the first camera-specific device to offer direct-to-Dropbox uploading. Additionally, users of the NX30 in select regions can upload directly to Flickr, the full resolution photo sharing site: another first in a camera-specific device. Using the advanced connected features of the NX30, images can be uploaded automatically so that snap happy photographers will not need to be concerned with filling up their memory.

Experience Life from All Angles

The NX30 includes the sophisticated next-generation DRIMeIV Image Processor and a powerful DSP imaging engine that brings an unmatched shooting experience and Full HD 1080/60p movie capabilities. The high light sensitivity of the NX30, with a range from ISO100-25600, produces stunning images even in low light conditions. Furthermore, with OIS Duo technology, steady shots for better movie recording are guaranteed, even while on the move. The innovative technology provided by the DRIMeIV also enables the 3D capture of scenes and subjects via the Samsung 45mm F1.8 2D/3D lens, letting memories live on through lifelike 3D images and videos displayed on compatible 3D devices. The introduction of OLED Color to the NX30 records the ultimate contrast and real colors, making it possible to capture rich landscapes and portraits with natural tones.

Advanced video features make the NX30 the ideal solution for movie makers searching for a compact yet high performing camera. In addition to Full HD Video Stereo Recording, the NX30 supports a standard 3.5mm microphone input for high quality audio capture while shooting movies. The Audio Level Meter appears on the display so you can continuously monitor the input level status while recording. In addition, the input level can be manually adjusted to ensure optimal audio quality. Moreover the NX30 is also perfect for advanced video enthusiasts because of its HDMI live streaming with Full HD 30p output that makes it easy to connect with a large screen, recorder and other HDMI devices.

Intuitive design is a central feature of the NX30. Two dedicated Custom Modes can be accessed on the mode dial, so that preferred camera settings can be retrieved quickly, while ten additional custom sets can be stored on the camera. The separate drive dial also provides instant access to a selection of popular modes, including continuous shooting, bracketing and self timer. It is therefore fast and simple to select the ideal settings for a shot, meaning that there is no delay in capturing the perfect image. 

Through Samsung's innovative i-Function system, advanced camera settings such as shutter speed and aperture can be accessed with the touch of one button. For more experienced photographers, i-Function Plus lets users reprogram existing buttons with their preferred and frequently used settings.

The new powerful TTL external flash with a Guide Number of 58 makes it simple to capture perfect shots, allowing light to travel further and wider. The high speed flash sync mode allows for flash with shutter speeds faster than 1/200th of a second, ideal for brightly lit scenes with selective depth of field. Additionally, this new flash supports wireless strobe sync, bringing an added dimension to images with light that looks natural.

Samsung 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS lens
The new Samsung 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS lens allows photographers of all skill levels to achieve professional image quality through a myriad of new and advanced features. It is the first Premium “S” Series lens, which provides end-users with no less than superior optical-technology to meet their photography needs. Its versatile standard zoom angle of view allows for flexibility to take photos at frequently desired angles and vantage points, without limitations on what is captured. The 16-50mm lens has an extremely bright aperture (F2.0 at 16mm; F2.8 at 50mm), making it the brightest 3X zoom among equivalent class lenses and adding value to the overall picture-taking experience and imaging results. Splash and dust proof, this lens is designed to deliver quality results even in extreme, harsh conditions.

This lens features an Ultra-Precise Stepping Motor (UPSM), with 3X more precision in its ability to control and focus on subjects than the conventional Stepping Motor (SM). Coupled with its optical image stabilizer and combination of three aspherical (ASP) lenses, two extra-low dispersion (ED) lenses, and two eXreme High Refractive (XHR) lenses, the 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS has the ability to take a steady shot and produce an exceptional photo with ultimate clarity and detail. The ASP lenses nearly eliminate spherical aberration, whereas the ED elements reduce chromatic aberration and the XHR allows for a more compact and light lens.
Samsung 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens

The new 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens was designed for everyday use as well as for photographers who often travel and desire quality and compactness. At only 111g, it is lightweight and sports a compact 31mm frame with a modern and simple design. It is available in two colors (Black and White). With an outstanding wide angle optical performance, the 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens includes Silent Auto Focusing and a low zooming noise, excellent for capturing video which is clear but undisturbed by the noise of the mechanism.

A vital feature of the new lens is its quick control made possible through an Electro zoom with a seesaw type button. This unique feature allows photographers to simply click to zoom and take a photo from any view or angle, similar to a compact camera experience. The smooth zooming operation, applied from the high-end camcorder not only creates superb pictures, but enables high-quality videos. The intuitive operating mechanism, i-Function and UPSM help to take more precise pictures, while the Optical Image Stabilization reduces the blur associated with camera movement.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

Fast and Superior Performance

The Galaxy Camera 2 lets users enjoy the full benefits of the Android platform. Intuitive to use and faster than ever before, users can easily navigate the Galaxy Camera 2 functions and focus on capturing the perfect shot rather than having to filter through complex settings. With an enhanced battery life (2000mAh), avid photographers can enjoy the photography experience for longer.

A high performance camera, the Galaxy Camera 2 produces images of exceptional quality, unrivaled by smartphone photography. Its 16M BSI CMOS Sensor produces vivid images which are both rich in color and sharp in detail, allowing memories to be captured and reproduced with perfect clarity. With a huge 21x Optical Zoom, photographers can get closer than ever to their subjects. Featuring an upgraded 1.6 GHz Quad-Core processor supported by a massive 2.0 GB of RAM, the Galaxy Camera 2 operates at ultra high speed so that the array of intuitive features can be accessed without delay. This internal memory is supplemented with the pre-loadedDropbox app, an exclusive offering which provides 50GB of free cloud storage for up to two years, so that passionate photographers need never worry about running out of memory ever again.

Simple Sharing and Easy Use

Sharing is made simple with advanced Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities that accompany the Galaxy Camera 2. The all-new innovative ‘Tag & Go’ feature makes it easy to connect the Galaxy Camera 2 to NFC-enabled smartphones and devices. All it takes is a simple tap of the smartphone and camera for devices will be automatically paired to swiftly transfer images. With Photo Beam, the picture being viewed on the camera is automatically sent to the paired smartphone, while Mobile Link allows photographers to select images they wish to transfer to their smartphone at their leisure. For more creative shooting, Remote Viewfinder lets photographers control the camera using the smartphone, providing greater freedom for setting up and snapping shots.

The Galaxy Camera 2's 121.2mm (4.8-inch) HD Super Clear Touch LCD provides users with a beautiful way to view and edit images. Shots are displayed in intense color and detail, while its large size makes it easy to navigate the many apps and features available on the camera. With a lightweight design, the Galaxy Camera 2 is a highly portable option making it the perfect choice for both day to-day, as well as special occasion photography.

Creative Capture

With Smart Mode, users can choose from 28 different pre-set modes all designed to address different shooting scenarios, which will allow a professional touch or creative twist to any image. For those unsure which mode they want to select, the Smart Mode Suggest feature provides a helping hand in securing those winning shots. It analyzes the scene at hand; recognizing lighting conditions, scenery and objects – and then instantly recommends the optimal Smart Mode to ensure that the perfect shot is always captured. New Smart Mode Selfie Alarm guarantees that self-portraits receive the attention they deserve. It takes five consecutive, high resolution images so that users can select their best angle and share immediately on their favorite social media site.

Videos can also be given a unique twist with features such as Multi Motion Video, which allows users to set the speed of capture and ranging from eight times slower than normal speed up to eight times faster. This feature adds visual flair to footage which can be enjoyed time and time again. The Galaxy Camera 2 also makes it easy for photographers to use their favorite applications, such as Paper Artist and Xtremera, to personalize their shots straight from the camera so that images can be edited and shared without delay.

Note to Editors
NX30 Product Specifications

Image Sensor
20.3 effective megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
76.7mm (3.0-inch) Super AMOLED Swivel and Touch Display
FVGA (720x480) 1,037k dots
View finder
Tiltable EVF w/Eye Contact Sensor, (tilting upward by 80 degrees)
XGA (1024x768) 2,359dots
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
JPEG (3:2)20.0M (5472x3648),  10.1M (3888x2592), 5.9M (2976x1984),
2.0M (1728x1152), 5.0M (2736x1824): Burst mode only
JPEG (16:9)16.9M (5472x3080), 7.8M (3712x2088), 4.9M (2944x1656),
2.1M (1920x1080)
JPEG (1:1)13.3M (3648x3648),  7.0M (2640x2640), 4.0M (2000x2000),
1.1M (1024x1024)
RAW : 20.0M (5472x3648)
* 3D Image Size : MPO, JPEG (16:9) 4.1M (2688x1512), (16:9) 2.1M (1920x1080)
MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC)
1920x1080, 1920x810, 1280x720 , 640x480, 320x240(for Sharing)
Video Output
Value-added Features
Tag & Go (NFC/Wi-Fi): Photo Beam, AutoShare, Remote View Finder Pro,
Mobile Link
Built-in Pop-up flash
SMART Mode : Beauty Face, Landscape, Macro, Action Freeze, Rich Tone,
Panorama, Waterfall, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks, Light Trace, Creative Shot, Best Face, Multi-Exposure, Smart Jump Shot
3D still image & video capturing
i-Function in Lens Priority Mode: i-Depth, i-Zoom (x1.2, 1.4, 1.7, 2.0), i-Contrast
Built-in Flash (Guide Number 11 at IOS100)
Wi-Fi Connectivity
IEEE 802.11b/g/n support Dual Channel (SMART Camera 3.0)
         SNS & Cloud (Dropbox, Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, YouTube)
         Auto Backup
         Remote Viewfinder Pro
         Samsung Link
         Group Share
         Direct Beam
         HomeSync (Available in selected regions)
         Baby Monitor

Note - The availability of each service may differ by country.
Advanced Passive NFC(Wired NFC)
Bundle PC software
iLauncher, Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 5
BP1410 (1410mAh)
Dimension (WxHxD)
127 x 95.5 x 41.7mm (excluding the projection part)
375 g (without battery)

SAMSUNG 16-50mm F2 - 2.8 S ED OIS Specifications
Focal Length
16 - 50mm (equivalent to 24.6-77mm in 35mm format)
Elements in Groups
18 elements in 12 groups (3 Aspherical lens, 2 Extra-low Dispersion lens, 2 Xtreme High Refractive Lens)
Angle of View
82.6°- 31.4°
F2-2.8 (Min. F22), (Number of Blades : 9 , Circular Aperture Diaphragm)
Optical Image Stabilizer
Focus Distance
Maximum Magnification
i Scene
Beauty, Portrait, Children, Backlight, Landscape, Sunset ,Dawn, Beach & Snow, Night
Value-added Feature
UPSM, Splash Dust Proof
Lens Hood
Filter Size
Mount Type
NX Mount
Dimension (DxL)
81 x 96.5mm

SAMSUNG 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS Specifications
Focal Length
16 - 50mm (equivalent to 24.6-77mm in 35mm format)
Elements in Groups
9 elements in 8 groups (4 Aspherical lens, 1 Extra-low Dispersion lens)
Angle of View
82.6°- 31.4°
F3.5-5.6 (Min. F22), (Number of Blades : 7 , Circular Aperture Diaphragm)
Optical Image Stabilizer
Focus Distance
0.24m (Wide), 0.28m (Tele)
Maximum Magnification
i Scene
Beauty, Portrait, Children, Backlight, Landsaope, Sunset, Dawn ,Beach & Snow, Night
Value-added Feature
UPSM (Focus), DC (Zoom)
Lens Hood
Filter Size
Mount Type
NX Mount
Dimension (DxL)
64.8 x 31mm

SAMSUNG ED-SEF580A Flash light Specifications
58 (ISO100, 105mm)
Flash coverage
Power Ratio
1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16,
1/32, 1/64, 1/128, 1/256
Power Source
AA*4 (Alkaline, Ni-MH,
Oxyride, Lithium (FR6)
Recycling Time
(New battery)
Alkaline max 5.5sec,
Ni-MH max 5.0sec (2500mAh)
A number of flashes
Alkaline min 150fls,
Ni-MH min 220fls (2500mAh)
Flash duration (Automatic)
max 1/125, min 1/33,000
Flash duration
max 1/125, min 1/33,000
Lamp Light Voltage
Blinking 285V, Lights 330V
UP 0, 45, 60, 75, 90˚
CC 0, 60, 90, 120
CCW 0, 60, 90, 120, 150, 180
Exposure control system
A-TTL, Manual
Color Temperature
5600 ± 500K
AF Assist Beam
O (1.0m ~10.0m) (TBD)
Auto Power Zoom
24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85, 105mm
Manual Zoom
24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85, 105mm
Camera Mount
Samsung Original
Flash Covering Angle
24mm (R/L 78˚,U/D 60˚),
105mm (R/L 27
˚,U/D 20˚)
High-Speed ​​Sync
Yes (4ch, 3Group)
Graphic LCD, Power Save, Multiflash
Modelling light, Wide-angle diffuser

Galaxy Camera 2 Product Specifications
Image Sensor
16.3 effective megapixel 1/2.3" BSI CMOS
21x Optical Zoom Lens, 23 mm Wide Angle, F2.8 (W) ~ 5.9 (T)
121.2mm (4.8-inch), HD Super Clear Touch LCD Screen
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
1.6GHz Quad Core Processor
Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
8GB Internal memory  microSD slot (up to 64GB)
User memory space may be less than the total memory space due to system files. User memory may differ by region, carrier, and supporting language, and may change after software upgrade.
JPEG format 
16M, P14M, 12M Wide, 10M, 10MP, 9.2M Wide, 5M, 3M, 2M Wide, 1M
MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC)
Full HD 1920x1080 /30fps, 1280x720 /60fps, 1280x720 /30fps, 640x480 /60fps,
640x480(30fps), 320x240(30fps)
Multi Motion Video 768 x 512 (WVGA, x1/8, x1/4, x1/2, x2, x4, x8) /120fps
Value-added Features
Smart Mode : 28 modes (Smart mode suggest, Beauty face, Best Photo, Selfie Alarm, Continuous shot, Best face, Color bracket, Kids shot, Landscape, Dawn, Snow, Macro, Food, Party/Indoor, Action freeze, Rich tone (HDR), Panorama, Waterfall, Animated photo, Drama, Eraser, Sound&Shot, Interval, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks, Light trace)
Built-in Pop-up Xenon Flash
Samsung Link, Samsung ChatON
Story Album, Xtremera, Paper Artist
S Voice
Group Play:  Share Music (MP3), Share Picture (JPEG, GIF), Share Document (PDF, PPT), Play Games
Google™ Mobile Services
Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Plus , Google Hangouts,
Google Play Store, YouTube, Google Plus Photos, Google Chrome, Google Play Books,
Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, Google Play Games,
Google Newsstand, Google Setting

Note - The availability of each service may differ by country.
WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40
Bluetooth® 4.0
Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyro-sensor, Gyro-sensor(for OIS)
Bundle Software
Samsung Kies (Windows & Mac)
Dimension (WxHxD)
132.5 x 71.2 x 19.3 mm, 283g
Li-on 2000mAh

*The availability of each service may differ by country.
*All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.
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