The virtual series was set up to give tech industry professionals a safe, socially distanced chance to connect with one another during COVID-19. The pandemic has forced the GSMA to cancel both its flagship MWC Barcelona and MWC Shanghai events.
“Like our physical events, our new GSMA Thrive platform shows how the GSMA is innovating ways to harness the collective knowledge of global decision-makers and industry leaders,” said GSMA CEO John Hoffman. “GSMA Thrive China brings people together to build relationships and deliver meaningful solutions for our future.”
GSMA Thrive China will feature a full programming lineup that includes a keynote, presentations, and panel discussions featuring a slew of leading industry insiders, including representatives from Huawei, Qualcomm, and China Mobile. Those who register for the event will not need to pay a fee to attend the keynote or any other online sessions, while the discussions themselves will cover everything from digital transformation to public health in the wake of COVID-19.
The event will also seek to promote the GSMA’s 5G IN initiative, which was launched in China in September. The program was set up to explore future 5G opportunities, and will eventually present an inaugural 5G IN Award to a leading Chinese startup. The winner will be selected by a panel of academics, executives, and investors.
The GSMA’s partners for the Thrive China event include Huawei, ZTE, Deloitte, Fibocom, and GTI. The organization has repeatedly called attention to China’s rapid 5G evolution in the past few months, and has predicted that the country will be able to outpace the U.S. in 5G adoption thanks to a $58 billion investment in 5G infrastructure in the next two years.