GUTMA partners with mobile communication association to align both communities

The Global UTM Association (GUTMA) has partnered with the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) to form the Aerial Connectivity Joint Activity (ACJA). The collaboration aims to align communities regarding aerial cellular connectivity. Membership to the ACJA is free for all GUTMA and GSMA members.

According to a GUTMA press release:

The ACJA will focus on promoting interchange and understanding between the aviation and cellular communities to enhance information sharing and avoid incompatibilities between groups. Until now the two communities have mostly investigated the topic independently, which has led to a misalignment of understanding, architecture, priorities, and standards.

The ACJA was formed to make tangible progress towards addressing this misalignment through several initiatives such as aligning Standard Development Organisations (SDO’s) and creating a platform from which stakeholders from the aviation and mobile industries can share their views.

The AJCA endeavours to:

  • Facilitate communication between the two communities;
  • Implement a stronger alignment of the SDOs (Standard Development Organization) from the two communities;
  • Seek mutually acceptable architectures, interfaces, methods and promote interoperability.

To support these endeavours, the ACJA have a Decision Board and Work Task leaders comprised of industry experts; Barbara Pareglio, Mark David, Venessa Kuroda, Peter Musgrove, Jarrett Larrow, Stefano Faccin, Thomas Neubauer, Gerry Libunao and Jim William.

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, including more than 750 operators and nearly 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.

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