The GSMA held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its new North American regional office in Armour Yards near Midtown Atlanta. At a ceremony attended by Dr. Eloisa Klementich and other dignitaries and leaders from the Atlanta technology community, the GSMA officially opened its new 15,000 square-foot offices, which will house nearly 90 GSMA employees.
“We are so excited to welcome GSMA to the City of Atlanta,” said Dr. Klementich. “To have the organization at the forefront of the global mobile industry here at Armour Yards gets 2018 off to a terrific start. This move will strengthen Atlanta’s reputation as a tech hub in the global mobility space, and further promote Atlanta as a city with a thriving tech industry sector to retain and attract top talent and business.”
Atlanta has been ranked as the most mobile-friendly city in the U.S., and we’re home to leaders in all facets of mobile technology. Our region is home to leading mobile tech marketers—like Coca-Cola and Delta—leading mobile content producers like Turner and Cox—and mobility telecom companies—like AT&T Wireless and Earthlink. In fact, 100 communication service companies are located in our state, putting Georgia at #5 in the country.
Atlanta is a leader, not just in mobility, but also in the Internet of Things—or IoT—Health IT, FinTech, and cybersecurity. Georgia’s more than 14,000 tech companies employ around 200,000 workers, with an estimated annual economic impact of $113 billion. In the last two years, company relocations and expansions in Atlanta account for more than 6,000 new technology jobs and over $600 million of capital investment in the city.
With global headquarters in London, the GSMA represents nearly 800 mobile operators worldwide, as well as more than 300 other companies including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers, internet companies and organizations in adjacent industry sectors. Operator members in the North America region include companies such as AT&T, Bell Mobility, Digicel, Rogers Communications, Sprint, T-Mobile, Telus and Verizon, among many others.
“The opening of our new North American office marks the start of the next chapter for the GSMA in the region,” said Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA. “Our new location in Midtown Atlanta puts us at the very center of the vibrant, dynamic tech scene in the city, enabling us to draw on a rich talent pool and engage even more closely with the broad technology ecosystem that has developed here.”