Israel Mobile Association to Launch the First Hub to Unite Israeli Mobile Industry Companies

''One Contact, One Zone, Many Opportunities''

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The Israel Mobile Association (IMA) was launched at the 3GSM World Congress. This new trade association will facilitate contacts among worldwide industry players and the leading Israeli mobile companies, resulting in business opportunities for all parties involved. The IMA is a non-profit organisation providing a focal point for contacts, information, and development cross-fertilisation with more than 90 Israeli companies active in all areas of the mobile industry.

“Uniting a worldwide network, business opportunities and knowledge, the IMA is one of the most effective contact points for mobile solutions” said Eyal Reshef, Chairman of the IMA. “IMA is the Israeli mobile industry hub through which people and companies can find all they need about mobile companies in Israel, such as business partners, innovative technologies, and joint R&D projects”, he continued.

At this year’s 3GSM Congress, the newly formed association initiated two major events: a Brokerage Event and a “Super Seventies” networking party. Please contact CGP Europe for further information about these events: cgp@cgp.be
Events are sponsored by: Check Point, Apax Partners, IBM, Emblaze, Pitango, Bank Hapoalim Switzerland and SIIRD.

“In Israel there is a unique combination of entrepreneurial spirit, exceptional technology talent, and experience in managing high growth companies. All this has created a ‘critical mass’ of business environment, very similar to that of Silicon Valley, which gave birth to hundreds of technological startups. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that venture capital investment in Israeli technology exceeded $2.5B over the two years since the Internet bubble burst, about half of it in communications”, said Sachi Gerlitz, a Partner of Apax Partners.

Gabi Tal, Global Technology Unit Manager, IBM, added, "I see high potential emanating from innovative Israeli technology companies, a significant number of whom are already business partners at IBM. Perhaps more significantly, we see interest in those companies from our customers around the world".

"The Israeli mobile industry has a tremendous potential. Through our worldwide network of economic attachés’ and government agencies we will support and accelerate market penetration of Israeli companies, in order to consolidate our position as a worldwide leader in this market segment" said Ronit Kan, Deputy Director General, Director of Foreign Trade Administration, at the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

About the organisers of the Israeli Mobile Industry events at 3GSM:
The Brokerage Event and the “Super Seventies” networking party are initiated by the IMA, Foreign Trade Administration at the Israeli Ministry of Industry & Trade and MATIMOP. The event is co-sponsored by: Check Point, Apax Partners, IBM, Emblaze, Pitango, Bank Hapoalim Switzerland and SIIRD.

The 3GSM World Congress 2003 is one of 8 international events in which IMA will participate this year. The IMA offers industry professionals from mobile operators around the world a unique opportunity to share business information, market statistics and technology knowledge through the IMA website, www.imaworld.org which includes 11 different zones.

About the Mobile Industry in Israel
With a mobile phone penetration of over 90% of the population, the Israeli mobile industry is not only attuned to all aspects of the market, but, precisely because of this saturation, centred on export. A recognised world leader in messaging, location based services, multimedia and video streaming, security and wireless infrastructure, Israel boasts some 150-200 startups in the area of mobile technology. The home market is also a unique test bed –it is the only market in the world with all the cellular technologies: GSM/GPRS, CDMA (including CDMA 1X), TDMA and iDen. Income from content services is 3-5%, but it is increasing rapidly, due to market focus on content services and is forecast to match the current European level within 2 years.
Israeli Mobile Operators:
Cellcom – TDMA, GSM\GPRS
Orange – GSM\GPRS
Pelephone – Analog, CDMA, CDMA 1X
MIRS (Amigo) – iDen.

The Israeli Economy
With a per capita GDP of over US$ 17,000 in 2001, Israel has an economy that compares extremely favourably with typical Western European economies, despite its geo-political situation. While individual figures for investment, debt, and other economic indicators are all about the same as the EU average, two particular figures are extremely noteworthy:
1.Israeli expenditure on education, at 8.8% of GDP, is about 50% higher than the OECD average
2.Expenditure on R&D, at 3.5% of GDP, is one of the highest in the world
The economy is heavily slanted towards knowledge-based industries: the number of technicians and scientists per capita is the highest in the world, at 145 per 10,000 people.
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Further information can be received via email or diskette with photos/ slides available upon request from CGP Europe. Information can also be downloaded from http://www.cgp.be










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