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Driving the adoption of tech solutions across Africa

Lessons learnt from developing and scaling innovative mobile solutions in Africa In the last four years, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator programme has supported innovative start-ups across developing markets by providing grant funding, technical support and opportunities to ...

IoT applications in the fight against COVID-19

In times of social distancing, the Internet of Things (IoT) has enabled diagnosis and treatment of patients remotely, and facilitated the delivery of vital medicine and medical equipment to isolated areas. This blog explores the use of IoT technology in remote patient ...

Lessons learnt from MNO e-waste management efforts across Asia and Africa

We bring this series of mobile network operator (MNO) e-waste management efforts to an end with this article.

Exploring Orange’s e-waste management initiatives

After a short pause, we wrap-up our blog series on MNO led e-waste management efforts with a project from Orange Egypt. In this blog we will explore how Orange’s e-waste management efforts are integrated into their overall environment management system (EMS) and also linked ...

Electric Vine Industries – Powering remote communities with microgrids in Indonesia

Electric Vine Industries (EVI) is a private microgrid developer founded in Indonesia. In June 2018, EVI received a grant from the GSMA Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities Innovation Fund to integrate Linkaja’s mobile money service into EVI’s power metering payment ...

Joint Call to Action for Improving Access to Credit for Farmers in Papua New Guinea Launched

To stimulate the development of economic identities and financial services for smallholder farmers in Papua New Guinea (PNG), the GSMA is opening a Joint Call to Action (JCTA) to consortia of agribusinesses, agritech companies and financial services providers. A consortium ...

Pandemic response in action: Cassava Fintech responses to COVID-19 in Burundi

This is the fifth post in a blog series highlighting the efforts that mobile network operators have taken to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in their respective markets. In this interview Cassava Fintech-Burundi’s General Manager, Wood Gitobu, explains how COVID-19 has ...

World Water Week 2020 At Home – Scaling Digital Innovations in Urban Water

World Water Week At Home was hosted virtually between 24 and 28 August 2020. The GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities team hosted a panel session focused on the topic of scaling digital innovations in the urban water sector in emerging markets. With the increasing ubiquity ...

Tracking Mobile Money Regulatory Responses to COVID-19 – Part 2

In our previous post, we released the COVID-19 Response Tracker, a tool that monitors and summarises mobile money-specific regulatory, policy, government and provider interventions globally, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier in April 2020, we examined the ...

Improving mobile internet access through digital literacy

This is the third blog in a 6-part series to mark the re-launch of the GSMA Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT). You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. This series will deep dive into each of the new MISTT modules (Online Safety, Mobile Money, ...

GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech Launch

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech is open to innovators addressing the varied needs of people with disabilities and tackling the barriers to digital inclusion.

Understanding how the GSMA Interoperability Test Platform can adapt to new business requirements: A closer look at the architecture

At the beginning of our journey with the GSMA Interoperability Test Platform, during the exploration phase, we decided that the platform should support operators during their drive towards building an interoperable ecosystem. In order to achieve that, one of our primary ...

Pandemic response in action: Vodafone’s initiatives to combat COVID-19

This is the fourth post in a blog series highlighting the efforts that mobile network operators have taken to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in their respective markets. Vodafone has extensive experience in connectivity, convergence and the Internet of Things, as well as ...

The rise of agri e-commerce during COVID-19: Opportunities for smallholder impact

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the transition to a digital future globally. Companies have had to adapt quickly, implementing solutions to adjust to “the new normal”. Many businesses around the world are investing in digital tools to respond to the challenges and ...

Does just being a woman reduce the likelihood of using mobile?

Women in low-and-middle income countries (LMICs) are 8 per cent less likely than men to own a mobile phone, and 20 percent less likely to use mobile internet, or own a smartphone.[1] While this ‘mobile gender gap’ is well-documented, new econometric analysis by ...

Safe Water Network: Key lessons from digitalising Small Water Enterprise operations

Over 80 per cent of Ghanaians have access to an improved water source piped to their homes or within a 30-minute round trip, and this figure has been steadily improving in recent years. However, this means 20 per cent of the population, over 5 million people, are reliant on ...

Pandemic response in action: KDDI’s COVID-19 response in Japan

This is the third post in a blog series highlighting the efforts that GSMA Humanitarian Connectivity Charter signatories have taken to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in their respective markets. A leading MNO in Japan, KDDI has long been at the forefront of disaster ...

Smart farming as a strategic opportunity for MNOs: Grammenphone’s Connected Cow initative in Bangladesh

This blog was co-authored by Matthew Strickland, GSMA and Imtiaz Mahboob, Grameenphone Bangladesh. The adoption of dairy cow crossbreeds in Bangladesh has generally increased national milk production, although this is still insufficient to meet demand. National milk demand ...

We need to support growth of digital assistive tech innovation in Africa and Asia

The GSMA Assistive Tech team conducted research to identify digital solutions emerging from Africa and Asia that are addressing the needs of people with disabilities.