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Announcing The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digital Urban Services Cohort

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Africa and Asia are projected to account for 90 per cent of global urban growth from now until 2050. Unfortunately, urbanisation in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is not always accompanied by inclusive growth and structural transformation with informal settlements ...

Application Trends and Highlights from The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digital Urban Services

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In May 2021, The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digital Urban Services was launched to catalyse investment in start-ups, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises working in Africa, South and Southeast Asia that leverage digital technology to deliver digital urban ...

Mobile for Development at COP26

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In the beginning of November this year, the world leaders came together for COP26 in Glasgow to accelerate climate action across the globe. Mobile and digital services form an important part of the solution. In this blog, we highlight how GSMA Mobile for Development ...

The Climate Crisis: Mobile-enabled solutions to address the growing humanitarian challenge

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World leaders recently gathered in Glasgow at COP26 to accelerate action towards addressing climate change. They’ve come from around the world to grapple with the most pressing existential crisis of our time with an urgent need to reduce global emissions. No matter how ...

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation: Open now

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This week, during the Science and Innovation day at COP26, the GSMA, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) announced the launch of the GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and ...

COP26 highlights the need to transform smallholder agriculture: Can digital solutions be an enabler?

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Two years since COP25, during which the impacts of climate change have become ever more evident, the focus now shifts to Glasgow for COP26 and what many are seeing as the last chance to take meaningful action. Smallholder agriculture is one of the most vulnerable sectors to ...

A new mechanism to catalyse distributed renewable energy

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Research shows that accessing finance is a critical barrier limiting mobile tower owners from adopting on-site renewable energy solutions. Typical fossil fuel powered solutions like diesel generators are relatively cheap to buy; the materials are readily available, and the ...

Tech for a Better Planet: Perspectives from the ClimateTech team

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On 5 August it was a privilege to take part in the Tech for a Better Planet symposium, which was co-organised by Huawei and IUCN, and supported by the ITU. The online event was held in recognition that there is an urgent need for innovative digital solutions to address the ...

Exploring the use of mobile technology in participatory forest management

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Forests play a crucial role in stabilising our climate by regulating ecosystems, protecting biodiversity, absorbing carbon, and reducing soil erosion. However, forests and forest-related livelihoods remain under threat from deforestation and forest degradation: 290 million ...

Catalysing Digital Innovation in Plastics and Waste Management: The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digital Urban Services

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The world currently produces over 2 billion tonnes of solid waste every year, according to the World Bank, and by 2050 this is expected to increase to 3.4 billion tonnes. Around 12 per cent of our waste is made out of plastic – one of the world’s least-perfect recyclable ...

The Renewable Energy Dashboard

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We are pleased to announce the launch of the GSMA ClimateTech Renewable Energy Dashboard. In this blog we will answer some frequently asked questions about the Dashboard, explaining what it is and how you can use it in your work. What is the Renewable Energy Dashboard? The ...

Announcing the launch of the GSMA Innovation Fund for Digital Urban Services

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This week the GSMA announced the launch of the GSMA Innovation Fund for Digital Urban Services funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Urban services such as plastics and waste management, energy, water, and sanitation are essential to ...

How TowerCos are tackling increasing cell site power demands using energy efficiency, mini-grids and renewable energy solutions

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The first and the second blogs of our renewable energy series, focused on how ecosystem players and MNOs are using renewable energy (RE) solutions to overcome technical and geographic challenges, expand networks into unconnected areas and lighten operator balance sheets. For ...

Digital Dividends in Plastic Recycling

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Plastic is an integral and valuable part of the global economy, and is used in thousands of products that add comfort, convenience and safety to our everyday lives. It supports innovation in medicine, lightens cars and airplanes (saving fuel and, therefore, emissions), ...

Combating climate change with mobile and digital technologies

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In November, the UK hosts COP26 in Glasgow. We will seek to accelerate action to reduce emissions, strengthen adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change, scale up means of implementation, protect and restore nature, and empower inclusive action. ...

How renewable energy solutions are helping mobile operators reduce emissions and support remote communities

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The need for cleaner energy generation is clear. Published in September 2020, GSMA’s report, Renewable Energy for Mobile Towers estimates that emissions from off-grid and bad-grid mobile towers were responsible for 3 per cent of the mobile industry’s CO2 emissions or around ...

Forests and livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet

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Today marks World Wildlife Day, this year it’s a day to highlight the central role of forests, forest-species and ecosystem services in sustaining the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people globally. Halting and reversing deforestation delivers a cost-effective and ...

The growth of renewable energy for mobile towers: The role of eco-system players and innovative technology

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At the end of 2020 GSMA CleanTech published ‘Renewable Energy for Mobile Towers’, a report that examined the current state of the mobile tower industry, how it has changed over recent years, and the barriers that still need to be overcome before the majority of off-grid and ...

Introducing the new GSMA CleanTech video on ‘Renewable Energy for Mobile Towers’

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In September 2020 at GSMA Thrive Africa, the GSMA CleanTech programme published a report on renewable energy – ‘Renewable Energy for Mobile Towers’. This short video summarises the key trends highlighted in the report. As the industry implements strategies to achieve net ...

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

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