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Innovative Operators’ Executive Board demonstrates strong compliance with industry standards to pave the way to an Automated end-to-end roaming environment for Wholesale Roaming

October 9th, 2023 – London, UK

Innovative Operators, an organisation focused on Wholesale Roaming within the telecommunications industry, proudly announces that all Operators who form part of its Executive Board have achieved full compliance with industry standards RAEX IR.21 and RAEX IOT, OpData. This is a significant step towards realising a more automated end-to-end Roaming environment, revolutionising the delivery of wholesale roaming services.

Innovative Operators’ highly accomplished Executive Board is chaired by Frédéric Schepens, CEO of Bayobab Group and Executive of MTN Group. Complementing his leadership is the support of Deputy Chair Anneli Jennersjo Lundberg from CK Hutchison Group Telecom, along with representatives from A1 Group, AT&T, Bouygues, Deutsche Telekom Group, Etisalat Group, Ooredoo Group, Orange Group, and Vodafone Group.

Innovative Operators is committed to fostering innovation and driving positive transformation within the telecommunications sector. The collective vision is to establish a seamless and efficient Roaming ecosystem, wherein Operators can effortlessly deliver top-tier wholesale roaming services to their customers worldwide.

By successfully adhering to the stringent industry standards set by the GSMA, Innovative Operators’ board members have demonstrated their dedication to excellence. Compliance with these standards underscores their commitment to providing a secure, robust, and standardised infrastructure that sets the stage for the future of roaming.

Key highlights of our achievement include:

RAEX OpData and IOT: By complying with industry standards, RAEX Opdata and Standard IOT, Operators guarantee a secure and resilient Roaming environment ensuring all key information is flowing between MNOs in the most practical and efficient way. Safeguarding the integrity of data and privacy of users. Operators can have peace of mind, knowing that they are operating in a trusted ecosystem.

RAEX IR.21: By complying with industry-standard IR.21 the board of Innovative Operators supports this key technical information exchange in a more digital manner to facilitate high-quality International Roaming.

Exchange of Documentation electronically with Digital Signature: Emphasising the importance of seamless communication and cooperation among different networks, the Board of Innovative Operators supports paperless Roaming Agreements and digital signatures through several leading providers.

Support for Electronic Invoicing: The Board of Innovative Operators supports and encourages Financial Clearing Houses in their adoption of Electronic Invoicing standards to support the exchange of digital invoices.

Improved Customer Experience: With a more automated and standardised Roaming environment, Operators can deliver a superior end-to-end experience to their customers. This translates to faster data connectivity, reduced downtime, and ultimately, higher customer satisfaction while using roaming.

“Today marks a significant milestone in our journey towards building a future-ready Roaming landscape. The full compliance of all our esteemed board members to industry standards demonstrates our shared commitment to innovation and customer-centric solutions. We are proud to lead the charge in creating a more automated end-to-end Roaming environment, further empowering Operators to thrive in the global telecommunications market.”

Frédéric Schepens, CEO of Bayobab and Chairman of the Board of Innovative Operators Ltd.

Innovative Operators remains devoted to exploring new avenues for advancement within the telecommunications industry. As we move forward, we aim to continue driving progress, encouraging collaboration, and supporting automation that shapes the future of Roaming.

For media inquiries or more information about Innovative Operators and its achievements, please contact:

Jason Bryan, Director General,

About Innovative Operators: Innovative Operators ( is a forward-thinking not-for-profit telecommunications organisation dedicated to transforming the Roaming landscape through innovation and collaboration and education. As a collective of like-minded Operators, we strive to encourage innovation that empowers operators to excel in the global market, delivering unparalleled Roaming services to their customers.

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