LIVE FROM CTIA SUPER MOBILITY WEEK: Robert G Conway, former CEO of the GSMA, has been inducted into the 2014 Wireless Hall of Fame.
Conway was honoured for his work in steering the GSMA in its transition from being the GSM MoU Association to an international entity representing the mobile industry, as well as promoting greater mobile usage in the developing world through initiatives such as Mobile for Development.
Also, under his guidance, the GSMA built up the flagship Mobile World Congress event.
Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and a friend of Conway’s, paid tribute to him at the event: “The covers of his life were too close together but boy did he fill them.”
“He built the GSMA into the international representative of the wireless industry,” said Wheeler.
“His legacy was the ability to see mobile as a transformative force throughout the world.”
Conway passed away in January 2014.
The three other inductees into the 2014 Wireless Hall of Fame were William F Carlson, recognised for his innovation in wireless infrastructure; Jan Uddenfeldt, a key figure in the development of mobile standards; and Samuel Ginn, the driving force behind the growth of US operator AirTouch both in the US and internationally.