GSMA Announces Nominees For The 18th Annual Global Mobile Awards

       GSMA Announces Nominees For The 18th Annual Global Mobile Awards

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, Feb. 4, 2013

- British Writer, Actor, Fundraiser and Comedian David Walliams to Host Awards
                      Ceremony at Mobile World Congress

LONDON, Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The GSMA today announced nominees for the
18th annual Global Mobile Awards. The winners will be presented on Tuesday,
26th February at the GSMA Mobile World Congress, in an afternoon ceremony
hosted by one of the UK's best-loved writers, actors and comedians, David
Walliams. In total, 158 nominees have been shortlisted for this year's Global
Mobile Awards; the full list of nominees and awards categories can be found at

"The GSMA warmly congratulates all the nominees announced today. The
competition this year was of an exceptionally high quality, breaking all
previous records," said Michael O'Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. "Our
judging panel has assessed well over 600 entries and nominations for the 37
awards, the largest ever number of honours to be presented at the Global
Mobile Awards. It is a tremendous achievement to have been shortlisted and we
look forward to recognising the winners at Mobile World Congressthis month."

For 2013 the GSMA introduced several enhancements to the awards, such as the
addition of the inaugural 'Connected Life Awards', and notable developments in
the 'Best Mobile Technology' and 'Apps of the Year' categories. Thirty-two
awards will be presented during the afternoon ceremony, which will begin at
2.30 pm in Hall 4, Conference Village, Auditorium 1, and will be open to all
Global Mobile Awards nominees, Mobile World Congress Platinum, Gold and Silver
Pass conference attendees and accredited press and analysts attending the

Also being awarded on Tuesday 26 ^th February are the expanded Government
Leadership Awards, which recognise governments from around the world for their
innovation and leadership in use of mobile technologies in the public sector;
the presentation of these awards will take place at the Government Mobile
Forum. The GSMA's prestigious Chairman's Award 2013 will be presented at the
Leadership Summit on Monday 25 ^th February.

The award for the 'Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet at Mobile World
Congress 2013' will be identified and selected from those on show at the
event. The shortlist for this award will be announced on both Mobile World
Live TV and the Global Mobile Awards website on 27 ^th February, with the
winner being honoured in a live presentation on Mobile World Live TV the
following day.

The Global Mobile Awards 2013 host David Walliams shot to fame through his
work, with co-creator Matt Lucas, on the television series "Little Britain "
and later "Come Fly With Me ." " Little Britain " has won numerous
international awards including three BAFTAs and has been shown in more than
100 countries. In addition to a wide variety of television, stage and film
roles, David has worked tirelessly for various charities raising over £7
million, and in September 2011, he swam the length of the River Thames (140
miles) for Sports Relief, raising £1 million in the process. He has also
authored a number of best-selling children's books and is a judge on
"Britain's Got Talent."

To select the nominees for the 2013 awards, more than 160 independent
analysts, journalists, academics and subject matter experts throughout the
world participated in the judging process. In addition, the chief technology
officers of 14 mobile operators took part in judging the 'Outstanding Overall
Mobile Technology' award, including CTOs from 3, Etisalat, KT, M1, Movistar,
MTN, NTT DoCoMo, Optus, SK Telecom, Telefonica, Telstra, T-Mobile,VimpelCom
and Vodafone.

2013 Global Mobile Awards sponsors include: McAfee (Apps of the Year), Myriad
(Social & Economic Development) and Telmap (Connected Life Awards and Best
Mobile Services). Market data for the 'Best Mobile App for Consumers' and
'Best Mobile App for Enterprise' categories was provided by Distimo.

Full information on the Global Mobile Awards can be found at .

The Mobile World Congress 2013 will be held 25 ^th - 28 ^th February at the
Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. For further details please visit .

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

Contact: For the GSMA: Abigail Faylor, +44-(0)-2070-670-851,, GSMA Press Office:
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