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What is the GSMA Marketplace?

The GSMA Marketplace is a new online commerce platform that enables buyers and sellers throughout the mobile and telecom industry to connect with each other. The connections enable the buying and selling of all types of  products and services.  The Marketplace currently has over 550 Buyers and 2,600 SELLERS on board.

How does is it work?

We will encourage our 800+ GSMA members (mobile network operators) to join the Marketplace along with other buyers from the ecosystem. In addition, we will attract sellers of mobile products and services from all over the world, including the 2,220+ exhibitors from GSMA events like Mobile World Congress and Mobile World Congress-Shanghai.

Once on the platform, sellers will set up a personalized storefront and upload their complete catalogue of product and service offerings. Buyers will search for products and services and then can send RFX, RFP or RFI to sellers for more details or a bid.

Both buyers and sellers have access to the Marketplace’s Research Centre, which allows detailed analysis of markets, potential partners and competitors by using a wide range of proprietary research tools and data sources.

What types of companies are on the Marketplace?

Buyers include, but are not limited to:

  • Mobile network operators
  • Mobile virtual network operators
  • Fixed and satellite network operators
  • Network infrastructure players
  • Device manufacturers
  • Other companies that buy from telecom companies

Sellers include, but are not limited to:

  • Network equipment providers
  • App developers
  • Device manufacturers
  • Silicon and hardware components
  • Mobile network operators
  • Consultants and outsourcing specialist
  • Mobile virtual network operators
  • Platform / service providers
  • Operations support systems providers
  • Application and service providers
  • System integrators
  • Other companies that sell extensively into the telecoms industry

See the list of buyers and sellers who are on the Marketplace now.

What are the benefits of using the Marketplace?

The Marketplace will enable buyers to:

  • Find new suppliers, products and services
  • Reduce time, cost and travel to purchase
  • Simplify and shorten the procurement process
  • Get more competitive offers and bids
  • Research potential suppliers or partners

The Marketplace will enable sellers to:

  • Find and win new customers and business
  • Reduce time, cost and travel to sell
  • Promote your products and services to qualified buyers
  • Simplify and shorten the sales cycle
  • Research new markets and competitors

How much does it cost to participate in the GSMA Marketplace?

Buyers may use the platform free of charge.

Sellers may select from three account types:

    • Basic Account:  an entry level option with a Company Directory listing  and a basic storefront
    • Gold Account: an enhanced level with full RFX participation, preferred listing on the Company Directory and improved storefront capabilities
    • Platinum Account:  the premium experience enables you to contact buyers directly and also includes a multimedia storefront with more sales collateral and video, priority listing in the Company Directory and additional user licenses

See details and prices for the seller account types now.

Why is GSMA well suited to run an online marketplace?

As the trade association representing over 800 mobile network operators and 250 other ecosystem companies, GSMA is a trusted intermediary within the mobile industry.  By running successful events like Mobile World Congress and Mobile World Congress-Shanghai, GSMA has significant experience in connecting mobile industry buyers and sellers.  The GSMA Marketplace extends this capability beyond the physical world and into the digital realm.

How Can I Participate in the Marketplace?

Sign up for a Seller Account or FREE Buyer Account now.

Or if you still have questions, explore the Buyer Centre or Seller Centre to better understand how the Marketplace can benefit your business.

If you would like to talk to a Marketplace Engagement Team Member, contact us now.

Many of your questions may also be answered in this video interview of GSMA Marketplace General Manager Julian Bishop: