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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

GSMA selects comScore for Mobile Media Metric

Global trade association of mobile operators, the GSMA, has announced the formal selection of comScore to be its measurement partner afor the GSMA’s Mobile Media Metrics (MMM) commercial implementation in the United Kingdom (UK).

The GSMA, comScore and the five UK operators, namely Vodafone, Orange, O2, 3 and T-Mobile weekend, reached a formal agreement to launch the GSMA MMM services in the UK.

A press statement from the group made available to ITRealms Online, indicated that this was the outcome of the results of the feasibility study announced at Mobile World Congress in February this year.

Initial data, ITRealms Online gathered will be available in the fourth quarter of 2009 with full commercial launch early in 2010. 

This joint action by the UK operators will create a unique market research tool to drive the growth of mobile media to the benefit of consumers, mobile service developers and the broader media industries.

Director, Media and Entertainment at GSMA, Mr. Henry Stevens said that comScore has been a dedicated and effective partner in developing a technical solution for MMM that both meets the measurement needs of the media industry and fully respects the privacy of consumers.

“comScore has combined mobile-specific expertise with its established strength in online media measurement and we are very pleased to continue this successful relationship. Together we will show how, in a challenging economic environment, mobile is and will be a major driver of growth for the advertising and media industries,” he said.

Results of the MMM feasibility study, he noted, were announced at the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year, were based on a sample of irreversibly anonymised, aggregated data from UK mobile operators.

The feasibility study, GSMA pointed out, is aimed to develop the process for measurement and demonstrate the level of analysis that the MMM solution will deliver for all mobile browsing activity.

Additionally, the GSMA will be working with ABC Electronic to deliver independent verification of MMM to industry agreed standards.

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