Access to Mobile Services and Proof-of-Identity: Global policy trends, dependencies and risks

February 20, 2018 | Digital Identity | Global | Global | GSMA

The ability to prove one’s identity is essential to securing both rights and access to a number of life-enhancing services including healthcare, voting, education, financial services, employment and social protections. As we continue advancing in the digital age, identification becomes ever more critical to gaining access to mobile connectivity and a range of mobile services particularly across more than 140 countries where ‘mandatory SIM registration’ policies are in place. This research report examines these policies globally and finds, among other things, that the majority of markets with low mobile penetration are also characterised by low levels of registered populations, suggesting a direct relationship between people’s ability to access a government-recognised proof-of-identity and the level of mobile penetration in that market.

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