Connected Society Glossary

An active connection is defined as an active unique SIM card (or phone number, where SIM cards are not used), excluding M2M, that has been used for voice, messaging or data activity on the mobile network over the operator’s activity period, which can range from one to 13 months
The ability to find, evaluate, utilise, share, and create content using information technologies and the internet using a mobile phone.
The ability to use the phone to make voice calls
A connection is defined as a unique SIM card (or phone number, where SIM cards are not used) that has been registered on the mobile network at the end of a period
The ability to access the internet using a mobile device internet browser and or application to find resources, and the capability to critically evaluate and create information
Mobile Internet Services are defined as any activity that consumes mobile data (excluding SMS, MMS and cellular voice calls)
A mobile internet subscriber is defined as a unique user who has used internet services on their mobile device(s) at the end of the period. Mobile internet services are defined as any activity that consumes mobile data (ie excluding SMS, MMS and cellular voice calls). Examples of these services include:
  • Web browsing;
  • Mobile instant messaging (eg WhatsApp, Kakao Talk, Mobile), Mobile VoIP (eg Skype);
  • Mobile social networking (eg Facebook, Twitter);
  • Email;
  • Online maps;
  • Online gaming;
  • Online video (eg YouTube);
  • Online music (eg iTunes);
  • App downloads (eg iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon Android App Store)
Definitions are then split by technology into:
2G – Mobile Internet subscribers who predominantly use these services over 2G technology
3G/4G – Mobile Broadband Internet Subscribers are Mobile Internet subscribers who predominantly use these services over 3G or 4G technology.
The ability to use a mobile handset, internet and services
Taxes that are applied to mobile that do not apply to all goods and services or all companies in an economy. Examples include taxes that apply only to the mobile or telecommunications sector, taxes that apply to the sector and a limited number of other sectors, and regulatory fees charged by the telecommunications regulator.
The ability to use a mobile phone and its non-voice and core functions such as SMS, the calculator, alarm clock, time and date, contact menu, and camera and Value Added Services (such as mobile money and disaster alerts)
TCMO consists of all price components associated with owning a mobile phone and purchasing mobile phone services. These cost components include handset costs, connection costs, and average costs for calls, SMS and data usage, including the taxes levied on them (from field observations in EMs, we see that off grid users, especially in Sub Saharan Africa, also rely on local charging shops to recharge their mobile phone, usually paying from $0.10 to $0.3 per charge, and in some extreme cases $0.5)
TCMU is similar to TCMO but excludes handset and connection costs.
A unique subscriber is defined as a unique user who is subscribed to mobile services at the end of the period, excluding M2M. Subscribers differ from connections such that a unique user can have multiple connections
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