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A positive outlook – Niger’s digital inclusion and economy set to rise as a result of mobile tax reductions

July 26, 2017 | Connected Society | Middle East and North Africa | Vasilis Douzenis

Niger is among the world’s least developed countries and making mobile services more affordable, through reducing distortionary taxation, can go a long way towards supporting the ...
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Pakistan’s new tax reforms – a path to affordable mobile ownership and use

July 26, 2017 | Connected Society | South Asia | Vasilis Douzenis

Mobile subscribers in Pakistan are subject to taxes and fees that apply to devices and SIM card usage charges. These taxes are especially likely to increase the prices ultimately paid by ...
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Disruptive innovation to connect the unconnected

July 26, 2017 | Connected Society | Global | Madeleine Karlsson

The digital inclusion space in developing world markets is full of creativity and ambition. The GSMA recently launched a Digital Inclusion Innovation Portal, which is a unique platform to ...
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Beyond access: the need for deeper thinking about driving usage and adoption of the mobile internet

July 4, 2017 | Connected Society | Global | Argentina | Brazil | Cameroon | Chile | China | Colombia | Cote d'Ivoire | Democratic Republic of Congo | Egypt | Ethiopia | Guatemala | India | Mexico | Morroco | Myanmar | Nicaragua | Nigeria | Philippines | Sierra Leone | South Africa | Tanzania | Thailand | Vietnam | Alex Smith

At the end of 2016, 3.5 billion people, or just under half of the world’s population, were using the internet. While the number of internet users has trebled in a decade, it still means ...
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The challenges mobile operators face when providing broadband connectivity to rural communities

May 15, 2017 | Connected Society | Sub-Saharan Africa | Tanzania | Guest Blogger

This post was guest-authored by Semvua Kissenge, Network Planning Manager at Tigo Tanzania. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the GSMA.  Providing mobile broadband ...
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Colombia introduces tax exemption on basic mobile handsets despite fiscal struggles

April 28, 2017 | Connected Society | Latin America & the Caribbean | Colombia | Vasilis Douzenis

Tax policy and digital development are closely linked. High taxation contributes to the cost of mobile services and can make usage and access unaffordable, particularly for poorer citizens. ...
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