Membership Benefits

Membership benefits

The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) was formed in 2002 by the world’s leading mobile industry companies who were interested in the development of wireless services specifications. OMA delivers open specifications for creating interoperable services that work across all geographical boundaries, on any bearer network. OMA’s specifications support the billions of new and existing fixed and mobile terminals across a variety of mobile networks, including traditional cellular operator networks and emerging networks supporting machine-to-machine device communication.

Over the years, OMA has delivered over 200 successful enabler specifications in the following categories:

    • Architecture, Security and Charging
    • Access to Content
    • Person-to-Person Communications
    • Services Access Interface
    • Device Capabilities
    • Service Customization

Membership in OMA

As a member of OMA, your company will have the opportunity to participate directly in our standards-building process, which is driven by our diverse member community and supported by OMA’s experienced staff. You will have access, via our web-based members’ portal, to the most up-to-date information on OMA’s services enablers. In addition, you will join over 120 of the world’s leading mobile operators, device manufacturers, infrastructure and IT vendors, and application developers in face-to-face conversations where the next generation of specifications for wireless services enablers are debated and defined.

Open Mobile Alliance offers several levels of membership to meet the needs of every organization.

Sponsor membership is a premium level of membership, available for those companies who wish to play a foundational role in OMA’s governance and technical work. US$65,000 annually.

Full membership offers companies the ability to participate in setting the technical direction of OMA’s work and to chair technical committees, as well as the opportunity to be elected to a seat on the Board of Directors as they become available. US$25,000 annually.

Associate membership allows companies with under $100M in revenue to participate in the technical work of the OMA, propose and contribute to technical work items, and to lead working groups as Working Group Vice-Chair. US$5,500 annually.

Explorer membership encourages new and former members who have been separated from OMA for more than six months to engage with OMA. It allows new companies to explore and evaluate the benefits and processes of OMA before deciding the right level for them. Most Explorer members will eventually transition to a regular annual membership. Explorer membership provides an opportunity to attend and actively participate in three face-to-face meetings. In addition, they have 30 days after the third meeting to decide the right level of membership for their continued participation. US$650 for up to 2 face-to-face OMA meetings.

Supporter membership has traditionally allowed a member company with under $100M in revenue to participate in OMA activities in a passive mode. With new added rights, Supporter membership provides a tangible degree of value to the members with the objective of encouraging them to transition to Associate or Full membership levels. Under these new added rights, the Supporter may attend, but not contribute to OMA meetings (Conference calls, face-to-face and interim meetings). Supporter members will continue to have access to the OMA Members’ portal in read-only mode and can participate in incubator programs and workshops as any invited guest or non-member. US$600 annually.

Government Agency Participant A GA Participant has full access to OMA meetings and the online members’ portal with essential benefits of an Associate member. A GA Participant can attend, contribute but not vote on OMA deliberations. There is no participation fee. However, face-to-face meeting fees are not waived. As GA Participant, one will have a special identity badge. Free of charge.

Membership Benefits Matrix

Leadership ActivitiesSponsorFullAssociateSupporterExplorer
Eligible for election to Boardn/aYesNoNoNo
May sit on top-level committeesYesYesNoNoNo
May chair technical working groupYesYesNoNoNo
May be WG vice chair or chair of SWGYesYesYesNoNo
May participate in formal votesYesYesNoNoNo
May participate in consensus pollsYesYesYesNoYes
Rights of AppealSponsorFullAssociateSupporterExplorer
May appeal on Technical issuesYesYesNoNoNo
May appeal on procedural issuesYesYesYesNoNo
Adhere to OMA IPR modelYesYesYesYesYes
Responsible for confidentialityYesYesYesYesYes
Technical Activities SponsorFullAssociateSupporterExplorer
May contribute requirements
Technical/IOT contribution YesYesYesNoYes
May work on specifications YesYesYesNoYes
May work on other documentsYesYesYesNoYes
Access to draft documents YesYesYesNoYes
Access to pre-publication drafts YesYesYesNoYes
Provide review comments YesYesYesYesYes
May participate at Technical Plenary YesYesYesNoYes
May participate in BOF YesYesYesNoYes
May participate in workshops YesYesYesIf open or invitedYes
May initiate and support a work item YesYesYesNoNo
May approve Work Item YesYesYesNoNo
Access to ResourcesSponsorFullAssociateSupporterExplorer
May subscribe to email listsYesYesYesNoYes
Have members' portal accessYesYesYesYesYes
Access to pre-public Web site materialsYesYesYesYesYes
May attend quarterly face-to-face meetingsYesYesYesYesYes
May attend interim Working Group meetingsYesYesYesYesYes
May dial-in to Working Group conference callsYesYesYesYesYes
May participate in IOP TestFest EventsYesYesYesYesYes