WBA has an active program to engage relevant wireless broadband forums in supporting harmonized technical development within the industry. The industry forums with which WBA has established links are listed here:
3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Program)
WBA is one of the Market Representation Partners of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) alongside organizations like NGMN, GSMA, CTiA, GCF, and Small Cell Forum, providing their members with a stable environment to produce the Market Requierements that define 3GPP technologies.
The project covers cellular telecommunications network technologies, including radio access, the core transport network, and service capabilities – including work on codecs, security, quality of service – and thus provides complete system specifications. The specifications also provide hooks for non-radio access to the core network, and for interworking with Wi-Fi networks.
3GPP specifications and studies are contribution-driven by member companies, in Working Groups, and at the Technical Specification Group level.
CableLabs is a non-profit research and development consortium that is dedicated to creating innovative ideas that significantly impact our cable operator members‘ business. They also serves to define interoperable solutions among our members and their technology vendors in order to drive scale, reduce costs, and create competition in the supply chain. CableLabs membership is comprised of the major cable operators worldwide.
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem. This includes handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghaiand the Mobile 360 Series conferences.
i3Forum is a global association to provide specifications, on the basis of existing standards, which can be usefully implemented from the wholesale international industry in order to have an efficient and effective migration path from existing voice services towards IP technology.
The long-term objective of i3forum is to contribute to, explore and promote ideas for innovative services within the international telecommunications sector, while considering international service interconnection requirements for different players and services. The desired result of this collaboration is to enable end-users to enjoy new and better quality IP-enabled services and applications, such as streaming video and high-bandwidth conference sessions and voice calls across all networks. More info at
“MulteFire Alliance is an international association dedicated to building a global ecosystem in support of the common interests of members, developers and users in the application of Long Term Evolution (LTE) and next generation mobile cellular technology in configurations that use only unlicensed radio spectrum. For more information about MulteFire technology, its benefits and how to become a member of the MulteFire Alliance, please visit .
Small Cell Forum
Small Cell Forum supports the wide-scale adoption of small cells. Our mission is to drive the wide-scale adoption of small cells and accelerate the delivery of integrated HetNets.
This implies two main areas of focus:
- Standardization, regulation & interoperability
We work to ensure the adoption of industry wide standards, a positive regulatory environment, common architectures and interoperability.
- Marketing, promotion & business case
We promote the value & potential of small cells across the industry and to journalists, analysts, regulators, special interest groups and standards bodies.
WBA collaborates with think-cell to develop presentations and other marketing material.
UCLG Committee of Digital and Knowledge-based Cities
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) represents and defends the interests of local governments on the world stage, regardless of the size of the communities they serve.
United Cities and Local Governments supports international cooperation between cities and their associations, and facilitates programmes, networks and partnerships to build the capacities of local governments. The organization promotes the role of women in local decision-making, and is a gateway to relevant information on local government across the world.
Wi-Fi Alliance® is a global non-profit industry association – our members are the worldwide network of companies that brings you Wi-Fi®. The members of our collaboration forum come from across the Wi-Fi ecosystem and share a common vision of connecting everyone and everything, everywhere. Since 2000, the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ seal of approval designates products with proven interoperability, industry-standard security protections, and the latest technology. Wi-Fi Alliance has certified more than 30,000 products, delivering the best user experience and encouraging the expanded use of Wi-Fi products and services in new and established markets. Today, billions of Wi-Fi products carry a significant portion of the world’s data traffic in an ever-expanding variety of applications.
The Wi-Fi Forum SA is a voluntary forum of operators, service providers, technology providers and associated parties with a shared vision of accelerating the adoption of high-speed, reliable and cost-effective broadband services in South Africa and a shared focus on Wi-Fi technologies as a means for doing so.
They operate as a collaborative self-regulating body that promotes the effective use of Wi-Fi technologies to deliver ubiquitous, interoperable and seamless connectivity in South Africa.