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GEMA and Samsung Enter Global Partnership

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GEMA and Samsung Enter Global Partnership

Strategic Alliance Enhances Global Managed Mobility Services for Multinationals

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, Barcelona, February 24th 2014 – The Global Enterprise Mobility Alliance (GEMA), the world’s leading independent joint venture providing enterprise mobility managed services to multinational organisations, today announced that it has entered into a strategic global partnership with Samsung Electronics.

GEMA and its members offer global firms a complete enterprise mobility solution and service lifecycle anywhere in the world, tailored to local needs covering:

  • Enterprise mobility professional services
  • Device deployment (including device imaging, scalable logistics and end user support)
  • Enterprise mobility management and implementation
  • 24/7 end user helpdesk and multi-language support
  • Expense management, analytics and reporting

Under the terms of the partnership, all current and prospective GEMA Alliance members, as Samsung KNOX Platinum partners, will be authorised to resell Samsung products in their respective territories, including Samsung KNOX-enabled mobile devices.

Additionally, the partnership will cover the provision of “Samsung Care” services, professional services and joint sales and marketing activities globally in the coming months.

GEMA’s CEO Nicholas McQuire said: “As GEMA continues to rapidly expand our member footprint and provide unique in-country enterprise mobility services to global firms, our exciting partnership with Samsung will help our customers and prospects achieve greater value from mobility in their firms and enable our members to continue to provide best-in-class local services in their countries of focus as well. As the pace of consumerisation of IT continues to accelerate worldwide, we look forward to growing our partnership with Samsung across the GEMA footprint to help multinationals further place Samsung technology and Android at the heart of their mobility strategies.”

Kris Snyder, GEMA’s Chairman and CEO of its US founding member Vox Mobile said: “GEMA was founded to address clear gaps in global enterprise mobility market that historic business models cannot address.  As a founding member, Vox Mobile represents the North American territory for GEMA and it is our customer demand for secure android mobile computing that compels and excites us into this strategic partnership.”

Charile Hou, CEO of NationSky, GEMA’s Chinese founding member added: “As a founding member of GEMA, we are pleased that Samsung has chosen to work with the GEMA alliance. Samsung is already highly recognised in the market of China, and today Chinese enterprise customers see great demand for a mobile security solution just like Knox.  We really look forward to working closely with Samsung KNOX in China, and firmly believe that Samsung Knox + NQSky MDM, as a comprehensive mobile security solution, will meet the demand and capture the heart of enterprise customers in China.”

Rob Orr, Vice President of Europe Telecommunications Operations at Samsung Electronics Europe said: “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with GEMA and look forward to combining their expertise, capabilities and reach to serve millions of public sector and enterprise customers worldwide. There is a need for secure Android in business communications and with GEMA implementing the Samsung KNOX platform this partnership will provide a solution for customers in emerging and developed markets eager for a robust mobility solution to meet the demands of today and tomorrow.”

Whilst the partnership extends to future GEMA members, GEMA’s current members covered in the partners include:

  • BMobile Scanda, a Grupo Scanda company (Mexico)
  • Emitac Mobile Solutions, LLC (EMS) (Middle East, Africa, CIS, and Eastern Europe)
  • Mobila (Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg)
  • MSC Mobility Pty Ltd (Australia and New Zealand)
  • Navita (Brazil)
  • Nation Sky (China)
  • SCHIFFL GmbH & Co. KG (Germany and Austria)
  • Qolcom (United Kingdom)
  • Vox Mobile Inc. (US and Canada)
  • Xsat India (India)
  • YouCo S.r.l (Italy)

With over 10 additional potential GEMA alliance members currently in due diligence from across the world, additional GEMA organisations in Europe, Asia, and Latin America will increase the scope and diversity of the GEMA and Samsung partnership in the coming months.

About GEMA

The Global Enterprise Mobility Alliance (GEMA) is world’s leading independent joint-venture providing global managed mobility services to multi-national organizations. Global firms today are looking for transparent and seamless services for the deployment, support, and management of their mobile workforce. GEMA’s core offerings of Consult, Procure, Deploy, Control, Manage and Assist enable organizations to scale their mobility deployments globally while receiving local in-country support where they operate around the world.

GEMA’s eleven members are leading Managed Mobility Services providers in their own markets and include the following: BMobile Scanda (Mexico); Emitac Mobile Solutions, LLC (EMS) (Middle East, Africa, CIS, and Eastern Europe); Mobila (Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg); MSC Mobility Pty Ltd (Australia and New Zealand); Navita (Brazil); Nation Sky (China); SCHIFFL GmbH & Co. KG (Germany, Austria and Switzerland); Qolcom (UK), Vox Mobile Inc. (US and Canada); Xsat India (India) and YouCo S.r.l (Italy).

Additional GEMA members in Europe, Asia, and Latin America will increase the scope and diversity of the Alliance in the coming months.

GEMA is operated by GEMA International Limited, a joint venture.

About Samsung

About Business to Business at Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Europe

Samsung is a global pioneer in technology innovation, pushing its limits to better peoples’ lives and enhance organizational efficiency.

As enterprises address the strategic imperative of digitizing their business and securing their information assets, Samsung is able to offer a full range of secure, integrated and cost effective solutions to accelerate business transformation.

Our portfolio of enterprise solutions and products, unique security solution Knox, and rich ecosystem of partners, positions us at the centre of this emerging trend of enterprise digitization.

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is the world’s first Android smartphone that enables people to combine their work and personal information in an especially designed security environment.

Headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd , employs 286,000 people across 80 countries with annual sales of US$216.7 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

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