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GSM Association Press Release 2004

GSM Association Awards Winners Take Centre Stage At Cannes
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3GSM World Congress, Cannes, France, 25th February 2004 : The ninth annual GSM Association Awards provided an evening to remember last night as the industry recognised the innovations, inventions and ingenuity of organisations and individuals across the GSM world. The ceremony was hosted by CNBC presenter Louise Bojesen at the Martinez Hotel in Cannes

Rob Conway, CEO of the GSM Association, said: "It becomes increasingly difficult to find ways of describing the talent of the thousands of people behind GSM. The innovation and creativity displayed in this year's entries for the GSM Association Awards help explain why we have just celebrated the connection of the billionth GSM user."

The highlight of the GSM Awards is the presentation of the prestigious GSM Association Chairman's Award. "The 2004 GSMA Chairman's Award is presented to China Mobile in honour and recognition of the company's outstanding contribution to achieving the GSM One Billion landmark," said Craig Ehrlich, GSMA Chairman. "Serving nearly 170 million people, China Mobile's contributions to the development of China's economy and the global success of GSM have been enormous."

The Chairman's Award was collected by the President of China Mobile, Mr Zhang Ligui, on his first visit to the 3GSM World Congress.

The 2004 GSM Association Awards were sponsored by Intel, Microsoft, Vodafone, Nortel, Nokia and Convergys.

2004 GSM Association Award Winners:

Technology Innovation:

Best Mobile Terminal, Handset or Device
  • Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications for the Sony Ericsson T610 (Global)

Best Infrastructure/Network Solution Product

  • Argogroup for Monitor Master User Experience Optimisation Platform (UK)

Applications and Services:

Best Mobile Application or Service - Corporate Market

  • Vodafone Group Plc for the Vodafone Mobile Connect Card (Global)

Best Mobile Application or Service - Consumer Market

  • SMART Communications, Inc for SMART Load (The Philippines)

Best Mobile Application Developer

  • Valista (Ireland)

Marketing and Promotion:

Best TV/Broadcast Commercial

  • Telecom Personal S.A. for the "CUBE" commercial (Argentina)

Best Brand, PR or Marketing Campaign

  • T-Mobile International for the re-branding of VoiceStream to T-Mobile (USA)

Mobile in the Community - Sponsored by Vodafone:

Best Use of Mobile for Accessibility

  • 02 and 'Milly's Fund' for Teach UR Mum 2 TXT Personal safety campaign (UK)

Best Use of Mobile for Emergency Situations

  • WideRay Corporation for Uganda Health Information Network (USA)

Best Use of Mobile - Special Needs

  • ALVA B.V. for the ALVA MPO (USA, Europe)

GSM Association Chairman's Award 2004

  • China Mobile Communications Corporation (China Mobile)

For full details of the winners and the judge's comments, please visit:

Notes to Editors:

The Award winners were selected by an international panel of judges.

The sponsors of the 2004 GSM Association Awards are:

Intel Corporation - Platinum sponsor
Windows Mobile - Gold sponsor
Nortel Networks - Industry sponsor
Vodafone - "Mobile in the Community" Category sponsor
Fortune Magazine - Chairman's Award sponsor
Convergys Corporation - Chairman's Reception Co-Sponsor
Nokia - "A night in a Billion" sponsor
The official broadcast partner is CNBC Europe

2004 Media partners are:

America's Network
Mobile Communications International
Telecom Asia

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For further information:

Richard Fogg
Companycare Communications
+44 (0) 7887 845 236
Tel: + 44 (0) 118 939 5900
Fax: + 44(0) 118 959 9595

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