Global Certification Forum (GFC)

  • 1999
    United Kingdom
    Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
    Open Membership
    Open website
  • Mission

    Drawing together leading players from across the mobile industry, the Global Certification Forum (GCF) is an independent certification scheme for mobile handsets, smartphones, tablets and any other wireless devices that are based on 3GPP and 3GPP2 standards. GCF aims to ensure that a mobile device will work effectively on mobile networks anywhere in the world.


    The Global Certification Forum (GCF) is the organisational backbone to GCF Certification. Founded in 1999, the membership driven Forum brings together technical experts from the world's leading Manufacturers, Operators and the Test Industry. Together members define the certification requirements that really work for the industry - because they have been developed by the industry.

    Any device incorporating cellular mobile connectivity can be certified:

    - Featurephones and Smartphones
    - Tablets
    - USB Modems
    - Portable WiFi Hotspots
    - Embedded Modules
    - Laptops
    - Connected Consumer and M2M/IoT devices

    The GCF scheme evolves in sync with developments in mobile technologies and the changing needs of the industry. It is the only device certification scheme that cover all these technologies:

    - LTE (3GPP)
    - 3G UMTS (3GPP)
    - GSM (3GPP)
    - CDMA2000 (3GPP2)

    GCF members include leading mobile network operators representing all the key markets worldwide, over 70 device manufacturers and other stakeholders such as test system suppliers and test laboratories.

    GCF's current priorities are to reduce industry costs and improve end-user experience by:

    - Promoting adoption of GCF certification by the mobile industry in markets where it is not presently used

    - Promoting GCF Certification for any product that incorporates mobile connectivity

    - Increasing the use of GCF Certification in its current core markets in Asia Pacific, China, Europe and North America,
  • Current Board Members

    Tim Evans, NTT DOCOMO, SG Chair
    Charlie Bishop, BlackBerry, SG Vice-Chair
    Nick Baustert, Sprint, Board Chair
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