Rules of Entry



The GSMA ‘s Global Mobile Awards 2016 are open to all eligible mobile industry and supporting industry companies in the broad eco-system, as defined in the individual category eligibility sections in each category (most are eligible to the broad mobile eco-system, including GSMA members and non-members). All apps, products, services, solutions, initiatives etc. entered must be supportive of, or be deployed over or accessible through mobile networks.

All products or services submitted for the Global Mobile Awards must have been commercially available in at least one market or territory ahead of the 1st December 2015, except where trials and pilots are eligible as per the individual category eligibility descriptions.

Products, apps, service, initiatives, campaigns etc. entered can be developed, manufactured, delivered or provided anywhere in the world.


The ‘Rules of Entry’ as defined here for the Global Mobile Awards 2016 (“Rules”) incorporate the Awards General Terms & Conditions. The Terms shall govern in event of conflict. You agree to be bound by the Rules and Terms by submitting an entry for the Awards.

Awards Deadline and Closing Date

The final closing date for entries to the Global Mobile Awards is Friday 27th November 2015 at 5pm GMT.

Entry Form Submission

Entries must be submitted online via this website (the GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards) with credit card or bank transfer of the appropriate fee.


Entries will only be accepted when submitted in the English language except for Category 7, The Government Excellence Awards only. When uploading supporting files, to accompany entries (supporting materials) please ensure that they are in English. Videos in other languages are acceptable with English subtitles.

Entry Acknowledgement

Following electronic confirmation of receipt of the entry form by the GSMA, you will be emailed with an Entry Reference Number. This number should be stated on any payment details or queries.

Multiple Entries

There is no maximum number of entries permitted from a single organisation. You can submit as many different entries to as many categories as you would like. However, each individual entry submitted is liable to a separate entry fee.

Entry Fees

Categories 1, 2, 5 and 6:
€ 450 per entry by GSMA Members / Associate Members
€ 500 per entry by Non GSMA Members

Category 3 – Social & Economic Development
€ 200 per entry for all Entrants

Category 4 – Best Mobile Apps
€ 250 per entry for all Entrants

Note: There are no fees for entrants in Category 7: The Government Excellence Awards & 8b: Connected Women: Leadership in Industry Award.

On-line payment by credit card is preferred. We accept AMEX, Visa & Mastercard.

For queries regarding payment, please contact If credit card payment is not possible, you can do a wire transfer, bank details can be found here.

Please ensure you mark your payment with your Entry Reference Number, which you are provided with once your entry is submitted when making payment.

Entries will not be processed until full payment has been received.

Payment & Closing Date

Complete entries must be received and paid in full by the final deadline date to be considered. Entry fees paid by international money order must be received, together with the completed entry form, prior to, or by the final deadline of Friday 27th November 2015 (5:00pm GMT).  

Entry fees are payable for each entry submitted, as above. One entry is defined as a submission proposing a product, service, initiative or company for one Award category or sub-category. Entry fees are non-refundable. A secure online payment system is provided by Secure Trading.

Additional Supporting Materials

Additional on-line documents are accepted for each categories (please check category description under ‘Entry forms, supporting materials & formats’). Video submissions are not mandatory but will help our judges significantly in terms of visualising the use case and understanding the innovation and user benefits.

Best Mobile Apps: For Categories 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d 4e (Best Mobile Apps) we request entrants to please provide a link to where the app can be downloaded on one of the main app stores, or your website and a redemption code for free access (if the app is not free) so that our judges can download and experience the app for themselves.

Please keep supporting information submitted to a maximum of:

  • One x 3 minute (maximum) video
  • Three x 1 page documents with further information, images, graphics etc.
  • Three x web pages (which should be very specific to the entry) linked by URLs         

Video: Please provide a URL link to your video (e.g. via YouTube, Vimeo or other public, English language video platforms) on the entry form and if required, please make sure you provide a password. Videos should ideally be in the English language or with English sub titles.

Other supporting information to a maximum of three x 1 page documents, could consist of independent information or data, extracts from analysts’ reports, testimonials or press articles, graphics etc. to support your entry. Please do make sure this supporting information is succinct and clear.

Web pages: If pointing judges to a website within your supporting materials or entry, please include a URL which is to very specific information relating to your entry, up to a maximum of three web pages, as judges will not have time to search websites looking for the pertinent information.

The on-line entry form includes an upload facility for you to provide the above links and documents. You will have the ability to upload three additional files to accompany your entry up to a maximum file size of 5MB each. These can be pdfs, jpegs, Word documents or PowerPoint, but please, as above, keep these relevant to your entry and keep the pages to a minimum of one per document

Judging Process

Entries will be judged on the basis of the information provided to the independent judging panel on the entry form and additional supporting materials in accordance with stated category requirements. Details of the judging panel meetings will not be disclosed, nor will correspondence be entered into by the GSMA regarding validation or qualification of entries or the decision of the judges.


Entries will be treated by the GSMA as strictly confidential. Only details of the award winners and a shortlist of selected commended or nominated entries in each category will be published prior to, or after the presentation. Please note however that entries are judged by external journalists, analysts and many others for which we simply cannot guarantee confidentiality, so please do not submit information or materials within them that you do not wish to have in the public domain (see also “Promotion” below)


The decision of the judges is final. No correspondence will be entered into. The nominees will be notified, and announced publicly in a press release during January 2016, prior to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (22-25th February 2016). The Global Mobile Awards presentation will take place on Tuesday 23rd February 2016, unless otherwise notified.


By entering the GSMA ‘s Global Mobile Awards, companies are expressly authorising the GSMA to use the specific text, video and visual materials submitted for the purposes of promoting the GSM industry in GSMA presentations, reports for publication, web site and media activities as well as all other forms of promotional/publicity materials post the awards event.

General Enquiries

For general enquiries regarding the Global Mobile Awards 2016, please contact