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WAS#19

APRIL 16-18, 2024,
ISTANBUL, TURKEY

Istanbul, Turkey

A city where History Meets Modernity and ancient wonders coexist with contemporary marvels. With its rich history and vibrant ambiance, Istanbul is the perfect blend of tradition and modern allure.

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Istanbul Congress Center ICC

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Where Innovation Meets Elegance! An unparalleled venue that defines sophistication and international business. As the city's largest congress center, ICC stands as a hub for global gatherings, offering a premier space for conferences, meetings, and events.

Wholesale Agreements and Solutions Group

Overview

The Wholesale Agreements and Solutions Group (WAS) is responsible for Operator-to-Operator and Operator-to-Hub interoperability (including Interworking and Roaming) to provide GSMA members with a consistent, reliable GSM service for members to offer their customers.

Key Topics

The Wholesale Agreements and Solutions Group (WAS) develops roaming and interconnect agreement templates and wholesale charging principles. Additionally, WAS supports GSMA projects with the development of roaming and interconnect agreement templates and wholesale charging principles that are unique to the needs of these efforts, as appropriate.

What the Wholesale Agreements and Solutions Group Does

Develop and maintain roaming and interconnect agreement templates, solutions and charging frameworks as listed below:

  • Support of new prioritised projects and study of impacts;
  • Dialogue with GSMA leadership and provide recommendations on all matters related to roaming and interconnect;
  • Continuous improvements of official documentation

Sponsorships

For sponsorship inquiries, please reach out on was19_sponsorships@montymobile.com

Hotels

For your utmost comfort and convenience, we have selected the finest 4-star and 5-star hotels to ensure your stay is nothing short of exceptional. Whether you’re here to engage in insightful discussions, network with industry peers, or explore the latest trends in telecommunications, our carefully chosen accommodations are designed to provide a luxurious and enjoyable experience.

Hotel Picks

 

Experience seamless travel planning with our trusted partner, Fastbook Travel in Istanbul. Simplify your booking process by arranging accommodation, transfers, and tours all in one place. Enjoy preferential rates at hotels negotiated wherever possible.

Please be advised that April is high season in Turkey, and we recommend prompt hotel reservations. The selected hotels are all within a 15-minute walking distance to the ICC.

Alternatively, if you prefer, you can also book directly with the hotel. Your convenience is our priority!

The Hilton Istanbul, Bosphorus
5 Stars

Nestled amidst picturesque gardens, you’ll find an iconic Istanbul hotel with a storied 60-year history. Rooms and suites offer modern conveniences and private balconies overlooking the Bosphorus and the Old Town.

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Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Istanbul City Center
5 Stars

Designed for the everyday traveller. Whether you’re in town for business or exploring a new city, we give you what you need for a successful trip.

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Divan Istanbul
5 Stars

Located in the heart of Istanbul, the hotel provides easy access to the city’s popular cultural sites, gastronomic and shopping venues. Here you can discover the spirit and history of the city.

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The Elysium, Taksim
5 Stars

Located in the heart of Istanbul, the hotel provides easy access to the city’s popular cultural sites, gastronomic and shopping venues. Here you can discover the spirit and history of the city.

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The Grand Hyatt
5 Stars

Located in the heart of the city, this luxurious Istanbul hotel is within walking distance from Taksim Square, and main convention and exhibition centres.

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Point Hotel Taksim
5 Stars

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Crowne Plaza Istanbul - Harbiye
5 Stars

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Intercontinental Istanbul
5 Stars

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Barcelo Istanbul
5 Stars

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Elite World Taksim
5 Stars

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Elite World Comfy Istanbul Taksim
4 Stars

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Occidental Taksim
4 Stars

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Riva Hotel
4 Stars

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Feronya Hotel
4 Stars

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Konak Hotel, Nişantaşı
4 Stars

Our city center hotel in Istanbul places you in the middle of the entertainment and business activities this metropolitan has to offer.

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Arts Hotel, Harbiye
4 Stars

With its contemporary interior architecture, welcoming environment, and opulent rooms, Arts Hotel Harbiye stands out for its proximity to business, entertainment, and shopping districts.

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Nippon Hotel, Taksim
4 Stars

Nippon is a hotel located a short walk from Taksim Square and İstiklal Street in Istanbul. Free Wi-Fi is available and a free fitness center.

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Nova Plaza Crystal Hotel, Taksim
4 Stars

Located just 500 meters from Taksim Square, Point Hotel Taksim offers rooms with free WiFi in modern Istanbul.

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Travel And Passport

Istanbul boasts excellent connectivity through two major airports, but it's important to note that WAS#19 will be held on the European side of the city.

Istanbul Airport (IST): As the city's primary international airport situated on the European side, IST caters to global flights, making it the preferred airport for most attendees.

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW): Located on the Asian side, SAW serves as a hub for various low-cost carriers, providing an alternative option for those seeking flight flexibility.

For travelers applying for a Turkey visa, travel insurance is mandatory. While certain countries enjoy visa-free entry for up to 30 days, others can opt for an e-Visa. If you're exempt from obtaining a visa, travel insurance isn't compulsory but highly recommended. Having travel insurance is a prudent choice for any foreign visit, ensuring coverage for unforeseen circumstances.

To check visa requirements, visit Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Secure your e-visa conveniently at www.evisa.gov.tr. Planning ahead and staying informed will contribute to a smooth and enjoyable travel experience.

About Turkey

Turkey, officially the Republic of Türkiye, is a country in Southeast Europe and West Asia. It is mainly on the Anatolian Peninsula in West Asia, with a small portion called East Thrace on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe.

About Istanbul

Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. The city has a timeless charm that owes much to its rich history. It served as a focal point of several ancient empires. Numerous architectural wonders, remnants of these empires, still stand tall in the heart of the city.

Top 5 Landmarks to Visit

Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya)
Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque)
Topkapi Palace
Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı)
Cruise

Top 5 Restaurants to Visit

Mikla
Biz Restaurant
Nusr-Et Steakhouse
360 Istanbul
Karaköy Lokantası

Some Turkish phrases

  • Hello: Merhaba (Pronunciation: mehr-hah-bah)
  • How are you? Nasılsın (Pronunciation: nah-suhl-suhn)
  • Toilet? Tuvalet (Pronunciation: too-vah-let)
  • I don't speak Turkish: Türkçe bilmiyorum (Pronounciation: Toork-cheh bil-mee-yoh-room)
  • Can I have…?: …alabilirmiyim? (Pronunciation: Ahl-a-bee-leer mee-eem)
  • Where is…?: ... nerede? (Pronounciation: Pronunciation: Neh-reh-deh?)
  • No thank you: Hayır, teşekkür ederim (Pronounciation: Hayır: hah-yuhr Teşekkür ederim: teh-shehk-kur ed-air-im

WAS#19 High Level Agenda

Time Tuesday 16 April 2024 Wednesday 17 April 2024 Thursday 18 April 2024
09:00 - 10:30 Opening and Welcome - Host Welcome, Keynote speakers, Interview/Panel on hot topics 5G Stand Alone BCE Training
10:30 - 11:15 Networking Break
11:15 - 12:30 Billing Charging Evolution (BCE) Innovation in Roaming & new Actors MIoT Training
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Network Closures & VoLTE Messaging 5G Training
15:30 - 16:15 Networking Break
16:15 - 17:30 Securing your Network – Importance of Quality Open Gateway & Close - Voting on recent Change Requests, Feedback on Event & Future Planning Roaming Gateway & RAEX Training

WAS#19 Party by Monty Mobile

Date: April 17th
Time: Starting at 7:00 PM
Location: Basilica Cistern
Dress Code: Business Casual (comfortable footwear is recommended due to a 5 to 10-minute walking distance)
Transportation: Bus shuttles will be available from ICC starting at 7:00 PM, ensuring a convenient journey to and from the venue until 01:00.

We invite all WAS#19 participants to step into an enchanting evening where history meets modern glam at the Basilica Cistern! As the sun sets over Istanbul, join us for a journey into the depths of this ancient marvel.

Our promise?
A night filled with awesome food, refreshing drinks, and entertainment that will have you dancing till dawn. It's a celebration, a soirée, and an all-out good time!

Basilica Cistern
Nestled beneath Istanbul's streets, the Basilica Cistern is a historic marvel built in the 6th century. Originally a reservoir for the Byzantine-era Great Palace, it features vast chambers supported by numerous marble columns, showcasing impressive ancient architecture.

For general inquiries, please contact was19@montymobile.com