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Sub-Saharan Africa: The enduring epicentre of mobile money – Part 2

This blog is the second in a two-part series on the State of Mobile Money in Sub-Saharan Africa. In our last post, we explored mobile money as the driving force for financial inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the increasing digitisation of use cases across different ...

A Recap of Mobile360 Africa from KaiOS Technologies

GSMA Intelligence shows that since 2014, 4G has reached an additional 200 million people and 40 million new social media accounts. As a company focused on eliminating the digital divide, KaiOS could not be more excited about these statistics. Mobile connectivity is at an ...

Why off-grid energy providers are increasingly paying attention to urban areas – insights from the DRC and beyond

On 2 and 3 July, the GSMA Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities team was pleased to join several pay-as-you-go (PAYG) service providers, donors, mobile operators, and investors in Kinshasa for a conference entitled, ‘The Renewable Energy Investment Opportunity in the ...

Sub-Saharan Africa: The enduring epicentre of mobile money – Part 1

This blog is the first in a two-part series on the State of Mobile Money in Sub-Saharan Africa. Earlier this year, we published our annual State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money, which revealed that most growth in mobile money accounts came from Asia, with 90 million ...

Innovation is needed to connect the unconnected

Globally, 750 million people do not live within the footprint of mobile broadband. Without this coverage and connectivity, they’re unable to benefit from the potential that being online can afford. Although the mobile industry, and partners, have made huge progress in ...

How Africa is driving progress in global mobile internet connectivity

In 2018, for the first time, more than half of the world’s population was using the internet. For many mobile is the primary – or only – way to get online. Last year alone, almost 300 million further people connected to mobile internet. The extent and progress of mobile ...

Generating insights on mobile products and services for disability: takeaways from the field

With the support from the GDI Hub as part of its AT2030 initiative, in June and July, the GSMA Assistive Tech programme conducted deep-dives in Kenya and Bangladesh to explore ownership and access to mobile phones and services by persons with disabilities (PWD), and access ...

The Digital Lives of Refugees: how displaced populations use mobile phones and what gets in the way

Global displacement has topped 70 million, with an average of 37,000 new displacements every day. The rate of overall growth in displacement continues to exceed the rate at which solutions are being found for people affected by crises. For refugees, the best solution is ...

Mobile technology is driving the digitisation of water utilities in emerging markets

This blog was originally been published by the International Water Association (IWA) as part of our contribution to the IWA’s Digital Water Programme Steering Committee. Despite some progress in extending access to safely managed water services in developing countries, the ...

Banglalink and the GSMA partner to increase digital literacy in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has a population of 160 million people, of which around 90 million are mobile users. 50% of the population is still not using the internet, but despite this, digital platform-based services are increasing at a rapid pace.

Africa Tech 2.0: A growing ecosystem with convening power

Between 10 and 14 June, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team participated in four Africa start-up focused events held in three different countries: Tech in Ghana Conference (UK), Africa Tech Summit (UK), Africa NOW By Google and Partech (France) and MEST Summit (Kenya). These ...

Achieving SDG 7 – from commitments to action

The last week of June 2019 brought together organisations and agencies active in enabling sustainable energy access from across the globe in the city of Amsterdam. Weaved around two major events, the Global Off Grid Lighting Association’s Annual General Meeting (GOGLA AGM) ...

GSMA AgriTech: Digital disruption of the agricultural sector in Sub-Saharan Africa

Over the last ten years, the GSMA AgriTech programme has profiled a range of different digital agricultural solutions that are disrupting agriculture and improving smallholder farming. During our breakfast session at M360 Africa, we plan to take a detailed look at the ...

Join the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team at Mobile 360 – Africa 2019

The 2019 GSMA Mobile 360 – Africa conference is fast approaching and will be held in Kigali between 16 and 18 July. From start-ups to mobile operators, regulators to tech hardware manufacturers, NGOs to banks, the event will bring together over 1,000 mobile industry ...

Creating an ‘economic ID’ for SMEs in Lagos

We explored the potential of an ‘economic ID’ for SMEs in Lagos.

618 active tech hubs: The backbone of Africa’s tech ecosystem

This blog has been co-authored by Dario Giuliani (Founder of Briter Bridges) and Sam Ajadi (Senior Insights Manager, Ecosystem Accelerator team). Technology ecosystems across Africa have witnessed incredible growth over the past few years, mainly boosted by a torrent of ...

How regulators are working towards an enabling framework for mobile money in Vietnam: Learnings from the mobile money capacity building workshop

The GSMA Mobile Money team recently conducted a Capacity Building workshop on ‘Mobile money for promoting financial inclusion’ in Hanoi, Vietnam. The workshop was well attended with 150+ representatives from the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC), Vietnam ...

Coming back to Senegal: A digital transformation in progress

During the last week of June, our team was invited to participate in the first edition of Sonatel (Orange Group)’s Digital Teranga Days, aimed at driving digital transformation across Orange countries of the region. The objective of this week was also to support our two ...

Water in the context of other global development challenges: Our takeaways from the KfW Water Sector seminar

On 12 June, the GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities team was pleased to participate in Kreditanstaltfür Wiederaufbau’s (KfW) Water Sector seminar near Frankfurt. The seminar brought together KfW’s water sector professionals from country offices throughout the world, as ...

The Ethiopia tech ecosystem: A sleeping giant is waking up!

The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team, represented by Martin Karanja, was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in early June 2019, firstly for a market visit to our local portfolio start-up, TaskMoby. Secondly, to participate in Startup Ethiopia, a first of its kind event focusing on ...