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Greater Access to Mobile will help to close the Digital Gender Gap

In 2020, connectivity is more important than ever. Internet access is a gateway to critical information, services and opportunities available to many people for the first time. Growth in internet access has been remarkable in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where ...

Empowering People to Thrive Online

As the cost of mobile connectivity falls, and coverage improves, more and more people can access the internet. But to take full advantage of digital services, individuals need the right skills, relevant content and the know-how to stay safe online. A lack of fundamental ...

Unlocking the Business Value in Total Societal Impact

“The coming decade affords mobile network operators a multi-trillion-dollar opportunity. Because of their unique combination of core business, customer base, and capabilities, telcos can capitalise on broadening societal expectations for corporate purpose and performance to ...

Improving the affordability and accessibility of the mobile internet

For the impoverished, the displaced, the homeless and other vulnerable groups, digital services can be a lifeline, providing access to valuable information, welfare programmes, jobs, healthcare and financial services. But to get online, people need affordable handsets and ...

Bringing Mobile Internet to Remote Communities

Each year, the mobile industry connects hundreds of millions of people to the internet for the first time. Yet, about half of the world’s population remains unconnected, effectively excluding them from the fast-growing digital economy and a host of life-enriching services. ...

The Rise of Purpose-Driven Partnerships

No one government or industry can single-handedly tackle the gravest global challenges. All kinds of expertise need to be tapped, knowledge and insights widely shared, and economies of scale and scope prioritised. Innovation is a must. To that end, the mobile industry is ...

Leading for the Long Term

The days in which businesses were judged only on the profits they deliver to investors are fading fast. Far-sighted companies now pursue a triple bottom line, in which profits sit alongside people and the planet. The mobile industry is in the vanguard of this profound shift ...

Taking Transparency and Inclusivity to the Next Level

Across the world, public trust in institutions, including businesses, has been deteriorating. The causes are complex and multi-faceted. But the mobile industry is taking concrete steps to reverse this trend. For mobile operators and their partners, one of the priorities is ...

How progressive leaders of the mobile industry are taking climate action

The landscape of modern-day leadership is evolving. A progressive and innovative approach is essential for tackling the immeasurable global challenges, such as climate change, the planet is facing. The mobile industry is the sector at the forefront of innovation and ...

How the mobile industry is building stronger communities resilient to climatic extremes

As the earth’s temperature continues to rise, extreme weather patterns and cataclysmic natural disasters are becoming more frequent around the world. Increasingly violent and turbulent weather conditions are emblematic of the severity of climate change. Weather-related ...

How mobile will be a leading enabler for reduced emissions across wider sectors

The mobile industry is one of many key sectors playing a crucial role addressing the challenge of climate change. It is committed to reducing its own emissions in line with the Paris Agreement through the industry-wide climate action roadmap, to achieve net-zero greenhouse ...

The mobile industry: cutting toxic emissions to save the planet

The planet is in the grip of the climate change epidemic, largely due to the fog of dangerous emissions clouding the earth’s atmosphere. Millennial environmental activists have the ear of world leaders; their criticism towards international governments for their ...

Transforming societies: harnessing mobile connectivity across Africa

Mobile connectivity is the most effective vehicle to support a digitally inclusive world. With mobile networks spanning the globe and serving more than 5 billion people, the mobile industry’s leaders are united in their commitment to ensure formerly excluded members of ...

Giving an identity to the world’s invisible children

The World Bank has estimated a billion people globally, are not legally recognised as having an identity. Children under the age of 18, represent around 40% of this demographic. The ramifications of not being registered at birth are abundant; people are immediately excluded ...

Doing the Right Thing: How industry leaders are taking personal responsibility for delivering the SDGs

This article is part of the Forum Network series on International Co-operation and will feed into upcoming discussions at OECD Forum 2019. Industry is playing a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but it’s important to remember that companies are ...

Blog: Applying the SDGs: Delivering value with purpose

Organisations with strong sustainability strategies are using the Sustainable Development Goals to sharpen their focus and clarify their contribution to tackling our biggest challenges In September 2018, Oxfam published a discussion paper ‘Walking the Talk’, suggesting that ...

Blog: Leaders of sustainable success

Let’s not brush over the hard work; results require action. Meeting sustainability challenges needs resources, focus, committed effort and some defined direction. Getting started on the journey is important, but research has shown time and again, that companies who set goals ...

Closing the mobile gender gap

Mobile has the power to transform lives. In my role as Director General of the GSMA, I have seen firsthand how mobile can empower women by making them feel safer and more connected and by giving them access to information and life-enhancing opportunities, often for the first ...

GSMA and W20 announce call to action to close digital gender gap ahead of G20 Summit

As part of its role within the W20 (Women 20) group, the GSMA has backed a series of recommendations to promote digital inclusion for women to be presented to the G20 member states later this year. The GSMA is Topic Chair of the Digital Inclusion theme within the W20, which ...

Blog: How AI and Big Data are tackling the health impacts of urbanisation

The theme of the ITU’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2018 is ‘AI For Good’. To mark the day, Jeanine Vos, Head of the GSMA SDG Accelerator, is speaking at the AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva, Switzerland. Her guest blog for the ITU deep dives into ...