GSMA and IBM partner to provide telecoms industry AI training 


The move aims to build skills and foster AI innovation within the industry 

The GSMA and IBM have joined forces to announce the launch of GSMA Advances’ AI Training programme and the GSMA Foundry using Watsonx, IBM’s AI and data platform with AI assistants. 

The training is aimed at telecoms leaders and executives to prepare them for the AI era, and will take place at IBM offices in Dubai, London, Mexico, New York, and Seoul throughout the year. 

The training experience will span a wide range of topics, ranging from AI basics to specialised Generative AI (GenAI) applications for the telecoms sector. The Foundry will also allow them to access industry specific use cases of GenAI. 

Research from IBM showed that 40% of telecoms companies surveyed are experimenting with GenAI in some form, and 45% have accelerated the rollout of AI. Additionally, GSMA research found that 56% of operators are already trialling GenAI products, but this is notably less common in smaller operators. 

“Artificial Intelligence provides the telecoms industry, and the societies it serves, with huge opportunities to launch new services, improve connectivity and customer experience. Overall, it’s estimated that AI could contribute $15.7 trillion1 to the global economy by 2030,” said the GSMA’s Chief Technology Officer Alex Sinclair in a press release. 

“However, it’s critical that AI is democratised to ensure that all parts of the connectivity industry and their customers, wherever they are in the world, benefit,” he continued. 

The GSMA is set to share more details on the programme at this year’s upcoming Mobile World Congress.

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