DUBAI, 18th July, 2016 (WAM) — The Global Certification Forum (GCF) is to seek input and feedback from mobile industry stakeholders about how its mobile phone certification scheme could add value for the industry and consumers in the Middle East.

In association with UAE-based telecom service provider – du, GCF will host two workshops in Dubai during 19-20 July for operators from the region, mobile phone vendors and distributors.

More than 90 manufacturers globally use GCF Certification to demonstrate that their mobile phones conform to industry standards and interoperate correctly and effectively across any mobile network infrastructure. The certification is recognised by leading operator groups from the United States, Japan, China, India, Korea, Australasia and Europe.

With its philosophy of “test once, use anywhere”, GCF’s industry-defined certification scheme enhances the consumer experience by reducing interoperability issues and underpinning roaming services. Some countries in the Gulf are currently investigating whether GCF certification could play a role in their local type approval requirements.

While GCF Certification has been developed to serve the global market for mobile devices, GCF wants to identify whether additional information relevant to particular regions could be captured in its database of certified devices: for example, whether a device offers Arabic language support or not, or if a device supports all frequencies in the region, compliance of devices with security standards in the region, and if the device closes the gap between branded and non-branded devices and offers best user experience and mature quality for both user and network.

The workshop will build on growing connections between GCF and the mobile industry in the Gulf. GCF’s Conformance Agreement Group and Field Trial and Interoperability Agreement Group met for the first time in the region in January 2015.