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Webinar on Demand: The State of Mobile Internet Connectivity

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Thursday 7 Nov 2019 | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | English | Global | Mobile internet | Resource | Webinar |

In this webinar recording you will hear from the authors of the recent Connected Society report, 'The State of Mobile Internet Connectivity 2019'. You'll also be given a demo of the Mobile Connectivity Index (MCI) web tool.

The power of mobile to accelerate digital transformation in Pakistan

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Thursday 17 Oct 2019 | Asia and Australia | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | English | Pakistan | Report | Resource | South Asia |

Pakistan is on a national development journey, rooted in the government’s commitment to national and global development goals. There is an urgent need for the government and other stakeholders to accelerate social and economic development in the country.

Webinar on Demand: Closing the Coverage Gap – How Innovation Can Drive Rural Connectivity

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Thursday 19 Sep 2019 | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | English | Global | Mobile access and use | Mobile for Development | Mobile internet | Presentation | Report | Research | Resource | Rural network coverage | Video | Webinar |

In this webinar recording you will hear from the author of the recent Connected Society report, 'Closing the Coverage Gap - How Innovation Can Drive Rural Connectivity'. Learn about the potential innovations that could connect the unconnected.

Webinar on Demand: Exploring the GSMA Coverage Maps Platform

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Wednesday 24 Jul 2019 | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | English | Mobile access and use | Mobile for Development | Mobile internet | Presentation | Resource | Rural network coverage | Sub-Saharan Africa | Video | Webinar |

Reliable population mobile coverage data is the starting point for enabling the digital economy. Access to this data is vital in order to identify who is covered and who is not; plan and finance network ...

Closing the Coverage Gap: How Innovation Can Drive Rural Connectivity

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Wednesday 17 Jul 2019 | Case study | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | English | Global | Mobile for Development | Mobile internet | Report | Research | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa |

Millions of people still do not live within reach of a mobile broadband network. Delivering this connectivity is increasingly becoming an economic challenge, and innovation is needed to reduce the cost and difficulty of deployments.

The State of Mobile Internet Connectivity Report 2019

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Tuesday 16 Jul 2019 | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | English | Global | Mobile access and use | Mobile for Development | Mobile internet | Report | Research | State of the industry and trends |

Only 40% of the LMIC population are connected, compared to almost 75% of the population in high-income countries. More than half the world’s population are therefore still unable to realise the social and economic benefits that mobile internet can enable.

Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit: Banglalink Pilot Evaluation

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Wednesday 12 Jun 2019 | Bangladesh | Case study | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | Digital literacy | Digital skills | English | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet | Mobile literacy | Report | Research | Social impact and behavioural change |

This report presents the findings of a pilot conducted in partnership with Banglalink to test the mobile internet skills training and methodology. It assessed whether adoption and use of mobile internet increased among a sample of Banglalink’s customers.

Driving Digital Skills in Bangladesh: Banglalink Case Study

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Friday 24 May 2019 | Asia and Australia | Bangladesh | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | Digital skills | English | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet | Mobile literacy | Video |

Mobile has connected over 3.6 billion people to the internet, enabling rapid socio-economic development. In Bangladesh, 87% of the population use mobile. Yet, only 25% of them use mobile internet. A key reason for this is a lack of basic digital skills.

Presentación del programa Connected Society de la GSMA

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Thursday 23 May 2019 | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | English | Spanish | Video |

El programa Connected Society de GSMA se compromete a apoyar a las partes interesadas y a trabajar para afrontar los desafíos relacionados con la conectividad, centrándose en las comunidades marginadas en los mercados en desarrollo a nivel mundial.

Présentation du Programme Connected Society de la GSMA

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Monday 8 Apr 2019 | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | French | Video |

Regardez cette courte vidéo pour un aperçu des initiatives du programme, ainsi que des solutions suggérées et des rôles que les parties prenantes doivent jouer pour faire progresser la connectivité mobile.

Uganda: Driving inclusive socio-economic progress through mobile-enabled digital transformation

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Thursday 28 Mar 2019 | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | English | Report | Sub-Saharan Africa | Uganda |

As Uganda advances its efforts focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Uganda Vision 2040, harnessing the power of mobile technology will be critical to influencing progress across all development goals. Mobile is ...

GSMA Connected Society Overview

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Wednesday 6 Mar 2019 | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | English | Video |

The GSMA Connected Society programme is committed to supporting stakeholders and working to address challenges related to global connectivity, with a focus on underserved communities in developing markets.

Connected Society: Delivering digital inclusion for all

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Wednesday 30 Jan 2019 | Connected Society | Global | Resource |

The GSMA Connected Society Programme works with the mobile industry and key stakeholders to increase access to and adoption of the mobile internet, focusing on underserved population groups. The unconnected population is ...

Rural Connectivity Innovation Case Study: Using light sites to drive rural coverage – Huawei RuralStar and MTN Ghana

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Tuesday 13 Nov 2018 | Case study | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | English | Ghana | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet | Resource | Rural network coverage | Sub-Saharan Africa |

Huawei’s RuralStar is a lightweight rural network coverage solution supporting 2G, 3G and 4G connectivity. It has significantly lower CapEx and OpEx compared to a traditional, typical macro-site and can therefore help reduce one of the ...

Rural Connectivity Innovation Case Study: Cellcard Cambodia and Solar Power

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Wednesday 7 Nov 2018 | Affordability and tax | Cambodia | Case study | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | East Asia and Pacific | Energy | English | Mobile internet | Resilient technology | Resource | Rural network coverage |

In delivering mobile coverage to rural areas, one of the most significant expenses that operators face in providing users with mobile coverage is the cost of powering cell sites. Using a GSMA bespoke evaluation model, this case study ...

State of Mobile Internet Connectivity 2018

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Monday 3 Sep 2018 | Affordability and tax | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | Digital Inclusion for Women | Digital literacy | Digital skills | East Asia and Pacific | English | Europe and Central Asia | Gender | Global | Latin America & the Caribbean | Local content | Middle East and North Africa | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet | Mobile Internet for Women | Mobile literacy | Policy and regulation | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | Social impact and behavioural change | South Asia | State of the industry and trends | Sub-Saharan Africa | User insights and data |

At the end of 2017, 3.3 billion people were connected to the mobile internet, representing an increase of almost 300 million compared to the previous year. However, more than 4 billion people still remain offline and 1 billion of these ...

Triggering mobile internet use in Côte d’Ivoire and Tanzania

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Friday 13 Jul 2018 | Affordability and tax | Connected Society | Connected Women | Cote d'Ivoire | Digital Inclusion | Digital Inclusion for Women | Digital literacy | Digital skills | Gender | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet | Mobile Internet for Women | Mobile literacy | Report | Research | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa | Tanzania | User insights and data |

Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest level of mobile broadband coverage in the world; only 63% of the region’s population lived within reach of a 3G network at the end of 2017. It also has the lowest level of mobile internet penetration ...

Introducing the Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit: A guide for training people in basic mobile internet skills

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Thursday 3 May 2018 | Connected Society | English | Global | Resource |

The Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT) is a toolkit for organisation who want to introduce the mobile internet to first time smartphone users. It takes trainees from basic communication skills, through to more complex ...

Enabling rural coverage: regulatory and policy recommendations to foster mobile broadband coverage in developing countries

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Monday 5 Feb 2018 | Affordability and tax | Connected Society | English | Global | Guidelines | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet | Operational best practices | Policy and regulation | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | Social impact and behavioural change | State of the industry and trends | Toolkit |

This report responds to the need of tackling the regulatory barriers preventing operators from extending coverage of mobile broadband networks to rural areas in emerging ...

Tanzania rural coverage pilots performance report

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Monday 5 Feb 2018 | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | Digital Inclusion for Women | Digital literacy | Digital skills | English | Local content | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet | Mobile Internet for Women | Mobile literacy | Operational best practices | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | Social impact and behavioural change | Sub-Saharan Africa | Tanzania |

In July 2016, under the aegis of the GSMA, Airtel, Tigo and Vodacom agreed to test for the first time in Africa a tripartite national roaming agreement in Tanzania to provide mobile broadband connectivity to rural and remote ...

Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit: Tigo Rwanda Pilot Evaluation

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Friday 19 Jan 2018 | Case study | Connected Society | Digital Dividend | Digital Inclusion | Digital Inclusion for Women | Digital literacy | Digital skills | English | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet | Mobile Internet for Women | Mobile literacy | Resource | Rwanda | Sub-Saharan Africa | Toolkit |

A lack of basic digital skills is one of the key barriers to internet adoption across the world. In order to rectify this, the GSMA’s Connected Society team has developed the Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT), a set of ...

Reforming mobile sector taxation in Argentina: A path towards a more efficient tax system, greater digital inclusion and increased prosperity

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Monday 20 Nov 2017 | Affordability and tax | Argentina | Connected Society | English | Latin America & the Caribbean | Mobile access and use | Policy and regulation | Report | Research | Resource | Social impact and behavioural change | Spanish | State of the industry and trends |

Mobile telephone services play an increasingly important role in supporting and delivering development, economic growth and social inclusion. In Argentina, 2G connectivity is ubiquitous but the country has not yet transitioned fully to ...

Triggering mobile internet use among men and women in South Asia

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Friday 17 Nov 2017 | Affordability and tax | Bangladesh | Connected Society | Connected Women | Digital Inclusion | Digital Inclusion for Women | Digital literacy | Digital skills | English | Gender | India | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet | Mobile Internet for Women | Mobile literacy | Pakistan | Report | Research | Resource | South Asia | Sri Lanka | User insights and data |

Adoption and use of mobile internet is far from universal or equitable, with women, those with less education, rural residents, and the poor accounting for a disproportionate number of non-users. This GSMA Connected Women and GSMA ...

Taxing mobile connectivity in Latin America: A review of mobile sector taxation and its impact on digital inclusion

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Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 | Affordability and tax | Argentina | Brazil | Chile | Colombia | Connected Society | El Salvador | English | Guatemala | Honduras | Latin America & the Caribbean | Mexico | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet | Nicaragua | Paraguay | Policy and regulation | Report | Resource | Social impact and behavioural change | Spanish | State of the industry and trends | Venezuela |

The positive contribution of the mobile sector to the economy is well recognised. However, the tax treatment of the sector is not always aligned with best-practice principles of taxation, and may distort the continued development of ...

The Mobile Connectivity Index

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Monday 18 Sep 2017 | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | Infographic | Local content | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet | Mobile literacy | Resource | Rural network coverage | Social impact and behavioural change |

For the 2018 Mobile Connectivity Index report and infographic please click

Mobile money and e-commerce: Three areas of partnership in Southeast Asia

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Thursday 20 Jul 2017 | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | East Asia and Pacific | English | MNOs' operational and strategic issues | Mobile internet | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme | Report | Resource | South Asia |

Recently, e-commerce providers have highlighted some of the challenges they face in Southeast Asian markets: cash on delivery payments, limited logistical infrastructure, and a lack of customer trust. Mobile money can support ...

Social Impact From Rural Connectivity

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Wednesday 12 Jul 2017 | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | Mobile internet | Resource | Rural network coverage | Tanzania | Video |

The GSMA has been working with three mobile operators in Tanzania to support the industry to expand commercially sustainable network coverage for mobile internet services to underserved rural populations. In 2017 the project launched ...

Taxing mobile connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa: A review of mobile sector taxation and its impact on digital inclusion

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Sunday 9 Jul 2017 | Affordability and tax | Connected Society | Digital Dividend | Digital Inclusion | English | Middle East and North Africa | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet | Policy and regulation | Report | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa |

The report provides an overview of the tax and fee regime applied to mobile services and its impact on affordability and investment in Sub-Saharan Africa. It explores how mobile sector taxation can raise the affordability barrier in ...

Delivering mobile connectivity in MENA: A review of mobile sector taxation and licence extension

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Monday 3 Jul 2017 | Affordability and tax | Connected Society | Digital Dividend | Digital Inclusion | Egypt | English | Iraq | Jordan | Middle East and North Africa | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet | Policy and regulation | Report | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa |

The report provides an overview of the tax and fee regime applied to mobile services in seven MENA countries: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, covering key general taxes, such as VAT and corporation ...

Accelerating affordable smartphone ownership in emerging markets

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Monday 3 Jul 2017 | Affordability and tax | Connected Society | Connected Women | Digital Inclusion | Digital Inclusion for Women | Digital literacy | Digital skills | English | Gender | Global | Local content | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet | Mobile Internet for Women | Mobile literacy | Report | Research | Resource | User insights and data |

This is a research study into the smartphone ecosystem landscape and business models that drive affordable smartphone access. It is directed at actors interested in enhancing consumers’ smartphone ownership in emerging markets. ...

Digital Inclusion and Mobile Sector Taxation in El Salvador

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Thursday 18 May 2017 | Affordability and tax | Connected Society | Latin America & the Caribbean | Report | Research | Resource |

In 2016, around 80% of the population subscribed to mobile services, but growth in mobile penetration has slowed recently, leaving one in five Salvadorans still unconnected and over two thirds of subscribers yet to benefit from mobile ...

Airtel, Tigo and Vodacom join forces to connect the unconnected in rural Tanzania

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Tuesday 28 Feb 2017 | Connected Society | English | Global | Resource | Tanzania | Video |

In order to tangibly support its over 800 members in addressing the 3G coverage challenge, the GSMA in partnerships with local operators is developing and testing innovative solutions for efficient and commercially sustainable ...

Digital Inclusion and Mobile Sector Taxation in Chad

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Wednesday 25 Jan 2017 | Affordability and tax | Chad | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | English | French | Policy and regulation | Report | Resource | State of the industry and trends | Sub-Saharan Africa |

Despite over 78% of Chadians living in rural areas, the country’s two leading operators have each brought 2G coverage to 86% of the population. Mobile penetration has grown from 140,000 unique subscribers in 2006 to over four million ...

Digital inclusion and mobile sector taxation in Niger

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Tuesday 24 Jan 2017 | Affordability and tax | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | English | French | Niger | Policy and regulation | Report | Resource | User insights and data |

The mobile sector is a key contributor to Niger’s economy. Mobile unique subscriber penetration has grown from 3% in 2006 to 24% in 2016. There are around 5 million Nigeriens with access to mobile telephony now. Despite over 81% of ...

Country Overview: Pakistan – A Digital Future

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Thursday 15 Dec 2016 | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | Digital literacy | Digital skills | English | Mobile literacy | Pakistan | Report | Resource | South Asia |

Pakistan’s emerging mobile industry has connected approximately 90 million people, representing 47% of the country’s population. This is one of the lowest penetration rates in South Asia which, coupled with a low mobile broadband ...

Digital Inclusion and Mobile Sector Taxation in Colombia

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Monday 7 Nov 2016 | Affordability and tax | Colombia | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | English | Latin America & the Caribbean | Policy and regulation | Report | Resource | Spanish | State of the industry and trends |

Mobile services today connect over 33 million people in Colombia, positioning the country as the fourth largest mobile market in Latin America. By contributing US$5.7 billion to the country’s economy, almost two per cent of GDP, mobile ...

Telenor’s mobile internet training project in India: raising awareness of the benefits from getting online

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Thursday 27 Oct 2016 | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | Digital literacy | Digital skills | English | India | Mobile literacy | Product development and product design | Resource | South Asia | Toolkit |

In a market where mobile internet usage is at a nascent stage and only 35% of the population are online*, offering digital skills training to consumers can be a key lever to accelerating mobile internet adoption and usage. In India, ...

OnionDev’s Mobile Vaani Case Study

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Thursday 11 Aug 2016 | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | English | India | Mobile access and use | Product development and product design | Report | Resource | South Asia |

OnionDev provides a voice-based interactive media platform to underserved populations in developing regions, accessible for free through low-end feature phones, enabling even marginalised populations to access information from which ...

Unlocking Rural Coverage: Enablers for commercially sustainable mobile network expansion

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Friday 22 Jul 2016 | Connected Society | Digital Dividend | Digital Inclusion | English | Global | Report | Resource |

Closing the mobile coverage gap is not a technical challenge. It is primarily an economic challenge. Uncovered populations typically live in rural locations with low population densities, low per capita income levels and weak or ...

Consumer Barriers to mobile internet adoption in Africa

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Thursday 21 Jul 2016 | Connected Society | Digital Dividend | Digital Inclusion | Digital skills | English | Mobile internet | Report | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa |

GSMA Connected Society is today publishing a report on consumer barriers to mobile internet adoption in Africa. Produced in collaboration with the GSMA Intelligence team, this report focuses on understanding the consumer barriers to ...

Digital Inclusion and Mobile Sector Taxation 2016

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Friday 8 Jul 2016 | Affordability and tax | Connected Society | Digital Dividend | Digital Inclusion | English | Global | Report | Resource | State of the industry and trends |

The GSMA and Deloitte have partnered over a number of years to examine the role of taxation policies in promoting mobile industry growth and ultimately digital inclusion, especially in developing countries where sector-specific ...

Mobile Connectivity Index Launch Report

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Friday 24 Jun 2016 | Connected Society | English | Global | Mobile internet | Mobile literacy | Report | Resource |

For the 2018 Mobile Connectivity Index report and infographic please click

Consumer Barriers to Mobile Internet Adoption in Asia

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Monday 20 Jun 2016 | China | Connected Society | Digital Dividend | Digital literacy | Digital skills | East Asia and Pacific | English | India | Indonesia | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet | Mobile literacy | Philippines | Report | Resource | South Asia | Thailand | Vietnam |

This report, produced in collaboration with GSMA Intelligence, focuses on understanding the consumer barriers to digital inclusion in the region. Digital inclusion – defined here as the expansion of global connectivity and mobile ...

Digital Inclusion and Mobile Sector Taxation in Brazil

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Friday 17 Jun 2016 | Affordability and tax | Brazil | Connected Society | English | Latin America & the Caribbean | Portuguese | Report | Resource |

Mobile services in Brazil connect 70% of the population and deliver widespread socio-economic benefits. However, a number of barriers remain to connect the 65 million people in Brazil that still lack access to mobile services. ...

The Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit

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Friday 13 May 2016 | Connected Society | Digital Dividend | Digital Inclusion | Digital skills | English | Hindi | India | Mobile internet | Mobile literacy | Resource | South Asia | Toolkit |

The MISTT is a visually rich training resource designed for MNOs, NGOs, development organisations and governments to provide training to improve peoples’ basic knowledge and understanding of the mobile internet and how it can ...

Digital inclusion and mobile sector taxation in Honduras

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Tuesday 19 Apr 2016 | Affordability and tax | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | English | Honduras | Latin America & the Caribbean | Report | Research | Resource | Spanish |

The mobile sector in Honduras has grown rapidly and today it reached 5.4 million users, or 66% of the population. However, barriers remain to the affordability of mobile services especially for the bottom of the pyramid. By affecting ...

Digital inclusion and mobile sector taxation in Tunisia

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Tuesday 19 Apr 2016 | Affordability and tax | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | English | Middle East and North Africa | Report | Research | Resource | Tunisia |

Mobile services in Tunisia connect over 6.6 million people, equivalent to 58% of the population, and deliver widespread social and economic benefits to the country. However, the sector is subject to high mobile specific taxation, ...

Digitalisation and mobile sector taxation in Europe. The experience in Hungary

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Wednesday 23 Mar 2016 | Affordability and tax | Connected Society | English | Europe and Central Asia | Report | Resource |

Hungary is lagging behind the rest of the EU in the development of the digital economy and society. It has the lowest mobile penetration levels among members and only 26% of Hungarians have access to mobile internet. The mobile sector ...

Digital inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Tuesday 23 Feb 2016 | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | English | Latin America & the Caribbean | Report | Resource | Spanish |

Digital inclusion – defined here as the expansion of global connectivity and mobile internet adoption – can deliver broad economic and social benefits by bringing communications services to previously unconnected populations. This in ...

Content in Latin America: Shift to local, shift to mobile

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Tuesday 23 Feb 2016 | Connected Society | Latin America & the Caribbean | Resource |

Digital inclusion – defined here as the expansion of global connectivity and mobile internet adoption – can deliver broad economic and social benefits by bringing communications services to previously unconnected populations. This in ...

Digital inclusion and mobile sector taxation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Tuesday 19 Jan 2016 | Affordability and tax | Connected Society | Democratic Republic of Congo | Digital Inclusion | English | French | Report | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa |

Mobile services in the DRC connect over 22 million people, equivalent to 31% of the population, and deliver widespread social and economic benefits to the country. However, the sector is subject to high mobile specific taxation, ...

Closing the coverage gap: Digital inclusion in Latin America

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Friday 18 Dec 2015 | Connected Society | Latin America & the Caribbean | Resource |

GSMA Intelligence is today publishing a report on mobile broadband network coverage in Latin America. Produced in collaboration with the GSMA’s Latin America and Connected Society teams, this is the first in a series of reports focused ...

Digital Inclusion and the Role of Mobile in Nigeria

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Friday 9 Oct 2015 | Affordability and tax | Connected Society | English | Nigeria | Report | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa |

Today mobile services connect over 83 million people in Nigeria, equivalent to 45% of the population, and deliver widespread social and economic benefits. With fixed line penetration only at 0.2%, mobile is best placed to extend access ...

Digital Inclusion and Mobile Sector Taxation in Mexico

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Monday 14 Sep 2015 | Affordability and tax | Connected Society | English | Latin America & the Caribbean | Mexico | Report | Resource |

Mobile services in Mexico connect over 47 million people, equivalent to 38% of the population, and deliver widespread social and economic benefits to the country. Mobile broadband has the potential to further support the growth of the ...

Approaches to Local Content: Realising the Smartphone Opportunity

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Tuesday 1 Sep 2015 | Connected Society | Digital literacy | English | Global | Local content | Mobile access and use | Research | Resource |

Mobile connectivity is enabling large parts of the world to come online for the first time. However, the creation and distribution of digital content remains deeply uneven. While nearly half of the world's population are now online ...

Local Content, Digital Skills and International Development

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Monday 3 Aug 2015 | Connected Society | English | Global | Local content | Mobile access and use | Research | Resource | State of the industry and trends |

In the last decade the Internet has begun to evolve into a genuinely global network. In 2005 only 8% of individuals in the developing world were using the internet. In just 10 years, this number has grown to nearly 5 times the size. ...

Local Content, Smartphones and Digital Inclusion

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Saturday 1 Aug 2015 | Connected Society | Digital literacy | English | Global | Local content | Mobile access and use | Research | Resource |

In April 2014, USAID launched the US Global Development Lab. It aims to accelerate financial inclusion, improve transparency, and unlock new markets. But the digital revolution delivers more than just economic efficiencies. It ...

Mobile internet usage challenges in Asia — awareness, literacy and local content

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Friday 10 Jul 2015 | Connected Society | Digital literacy | East Asia and Pacific | English | Local content | Report | Resource |

GSMA’s Digital Inclusion programme and GSMA Intelligence have published a new report on mobile internet usage in Asia. Nearly 800 million new mobile internet subscribers are forecast to come online in Asia Pacific by 2020, the vast ...

Rural Coverage: Strategies for Sustainability

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Monday 6 Jul 2015 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

This series of country-level case studies, published by GSMA Intelligence in collaboration with the GSMA’s Digital Inclusion programme, demonstrates the approaches being deployed by mobile operators and others to address rural coverage ...

Digital inclusion and mobile sector taxation 2015

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Tuesday 23 Jun 2015 | Affordability and tax | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource |

Over the past 10 years, the GSMA has partnered with Deloitte to examine the role of taxation policies in promoting mobile industry growth and ultimately digital inclusion, especially in developing countries where sector-specific ...

Accelerating Digital Literacy: Empowering women to use the mobile internet

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Tuesday 16 Jun 2015 | Connected Society | Connected Women | Country | Digital Inclusion | Digital Inclusion for Women | Digital literacy | English | Gender | Global | India | Indonesia | Language | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet | Programme | Region | Report | Research | Resource | Resource Type | Type | User insights and data |

In developing countries, the number of unique subscribers using mobile internet grew from 728 million in 2010 to 1.8 billion in 2014 (source: GSMA Intelligence Q4 2014). Mobile internet access can have profound implications for women’s ...

Closing the Coverage Gap – a view from Asia

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Tuesday 9 Jun 2015 | Case study | Connected Society | East Asia and Pacific | English | Resource | Rural network coverage | South Asia |

Affordability and network coverage are the two largest barriers to driving mobile internet access among non-adopters. In this report we focus on network coverage. Globally, 90% of the world's population is covered by 2G networks and ...

Digital inclusion and mobile sector taxation in Jordan

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Tuesday 26 May 2015 | Affordability and tax | Arabic | Connected Society | English | Jordan | Middle East and North Africa | Report | Resource |

Since the launch of the first mobile telecommunication network in Jordan in 1995, the market has grown rapidly. Today 70% of the population in Jordan has at least one mobile subscription and over 2 million people have access to the ...

Digital inclusion and mobile sector taxation in Bangladesh

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Tuesday 17 Mar 2015 | Affordability and tax | Bangladesh | Connected Society | English | Report | Resource | South Asia |

Since the award of the first licence in 1989, the mobile sector in Bangladesh has enabled 66 million Bangladeshis to gain access to transformative mobile technologies, including the mobile internet. The increase in mobile access has ...

Digital inclusion and mobile sector taxation in Ghana

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Friday 27 Feb 2015 | Affordability and tax | Connected Society | English | Ghana | Report | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa |

In the last decade, the mobile sector in Ghana has enabled 12.6 million Ghanaians, about 50% of the population, to access the benefits of mobile communications. This increase in access is bringing wide-ranging benefits to the Ghanaian ...

Benefits of network competition and complementary policies to promote mobile broadband coverage

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Tuesday 17 Feb 2015 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

In July 2014, Frontier Economics was commissioned by the GSMA to conduct a study on the merits and potential barriers of promoting mobile broadband coverage under the network competition model. Download:

Digital inclusion and mobile sector taxation in Pakistan

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Tuesday 10 Feb 2015 | Affordability and tax | Connected Society | English | Pakistan | Report | Resource | South Asia |

Today, mobile networks support essential services that boost productivity and drive economic growth for the 60 million Pakistanis that have access to them. In parallel, 120 million of their fellow citizens remain unconnected. ...

Jana

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Sunday 1 Feb 2015 | Case study | Connected Society | English | Global | Resource | User insights and data |

Jana is a mobile platform that connects global brands with emerging market consumers through reciprocal advertising. Jana’s platform creates a two-way conversation between brands and ...

Digital inclusion and mobile sector taxation in Tanzania

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Thursday 29 Jan 2015 | Affordability and tax | Connected Society | English | Report | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa | Tanzania |

The number of Tanzanians with access to mobile telephony has more than tripled since 2007, and now over 17 million Tanzanians, 34% of the population, have a mobile phone. This increase in access is delivering wide-ranging benefits in ...

The Global Telecom Tower Esco Market: Overview of the global market for energy to telecom towers in off-grid and bad-grid areas

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Monday 19 Jan 2015 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

By 2020, estimated 390,000 telecom towers will be deployed in off-grid locations, and 790,000 tower will be deployed in bad-grid locations. This will result an annual diesel expense of about $19 billion and GHG emission of about 45 ...

Digital Inclusion in Africa: A Snapshot

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Monday 15 Dec 2014 | Connected Society | English | Resource | Rural network coverage | Sub-Saharan Africa | Video |

A short film looking at the challenges and opportunities surrounding digital inclusivity in Africa, and beyond.

Tower Power Africa: Energy Challenges and Opportunities for the Mobile Industry in Africa

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Thursday 20 Nov 2014 | Connected Society | English | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | Sub-Saharan Africa |

This report brings an understanding of the current state of mobile and energy infrastructure in Africa and identifies possible alternatives for cost-effectively powering mobile networks in Africa. The report also looks at the changing ...

Sunlabob Case Study

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Monday 17 Nov 2014 | Case study | Connected Society | East Asia and Pacific | English | Myanmar | Resource | Rural network coverage |

The GSMA Green Power for Mobile team completed a case study for Sunlabob Renewable Energy Myanmar, providing key insights on how to develop a cost-effective, reliable off-grid power solution for the telecom sector in Myanmar.

Utilities Grantee Mobisol – An Overview

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Tuesday 4 Nov 2014 | Connected Society | English | Language | Life stories | Mobile for Development Utilities | Programme | Region | Resource | Resource Type | Rwanda | Sub-Saharan Africa | Type | Video |

Mobile for Development visited one of the Utilities Programme’s grantees, Mobisol, in Rwanda in 2014 to find out how they were getting along. There, we learn more about their successful system and its benefits to off-grid rural ...

Digital Inclusion Report 2014

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Tuesday 4 Nov 2014 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource |

Mobile phones have become the most popular and widespread form of personal technology on the planet, with 3.6 billion unique mobile subscribers and 7.2 billion connections globally. Mobile has had a profound impact on all aspects of ...

Unlocking Relevant Web Content for the Next 4 Billion people

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Monday 3 Nov 2014 | Connected Society | Digital literacy | English | Global | Local content | Mobile access and use | Research | Resource |

Globally, 4 billion people remain unconnected from the Web, 90% of whom are in the developing world. At the same time, we are currently undergoing a rapid shift from feature phones to smartphones, even in the world’s less economically ...

Assessing the potential for Green Power for Mobile: Telenor Myanmar

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Thursday 9 Oct 2014 | Connected Society | Resource |

Green Power for Mobile (GPM) completed a joint case study with Telenor Myanmar to investigate the possibility of green power deployments. During this four-week engagement GPM analysed multiple business models for various base station ...

Best Practice Guide for Green Energy Provision in Telecoms: Myanmar

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Friday 3 Oct 2014 | Connected Society | East Asia and Pacific | English | Myanmar | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

This document will serve as a best-practice guide for MNOs, TowerCos and ESCOs to learn how to go through the different stages of selecting, procuring and powering green sites in Myanmar. GPM also has published a complete

BBC Janala

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Friday 3 Oct 2014 | Bangladesh | Case study | Connected Society | Content creation and stylization | English | Resource | South Asia | User insights and data |

 

Government intervention in the South African broadband market

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Thursday 25 Sep 2014 | Connected Society | English | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | South Africa | Sub-Saharan Africa |

The South African Government has set ambitious targets for broadband availability. The Government in South Africa recognises the importance of the ICT sector and broadband on the wider economy. As part of its National Broadband Plan ...

Assessing the case for Single Wholesale Networks in mobile communications

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Wednesday 17 Sep 2014 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

Policymakers in a number of countries are proposing to establish a single wholesale network (SWN) instead of relying upon competing mobile networks to deliver 4G mobile broadband services in their country.

Surtaxes on International Incoming Traffic in Africa

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Tuesday 16 Sep 2014 | Affordability and tax | Benin | Connected Society | Democratic Republic of Congo | English | Gabon | Ghana | Report | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa | Tanzania | Uganda |

The report studies the effects of the Surtax on International Incoming Traffic (SIIT) in six countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and on regional integration. The report findings are in line with a recent similar publication from the ...

Sub-Saharan Africa – Universal Service Fund study

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Monday 15 Sep 2014 | Affordability and tax | Connected Society | English | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | Sub-Saharan Africa |

The Sub-Saharan Africa Universal Service Fund (USF) study finds that USFs in the region do not appear to be the most appropriate mechanism for providing universal access and service, and to furthering social and economic improvement in ...

Green Power for Mobile Technical paper

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Tuesday 26 Aug 2014 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

The Green Power for Mobile technical paper “Green Power Design Approach and Feasibility Analysis”  focuses on identifying the right design approach for analysing the feasibility of green power as an alternative to diesel ...

Green Power for Mobile Bi-Annual report

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Wednesday 20 Aug 2014 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

This is the tenth Bi-annual Report published by the Green Power for Mobile programme which presents the latest industry and programme developments, notably in Myanmar where the team has begun country-focussed activities.

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Monday 4 Aug 2014 | Case study | Connected Society | Content creation and stylization | English | India | Resource | South Asia | User insights and data |

Summary: Year Launched: 2011 Business Model: Consumer (MNO led) Targeted Device: Basic phones; feature phones; smartphones Primary Delivery ...

Mobile Access – the Last Mile

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Friday 4 Jul 2014 | Connected Society | English | Global | Local content | Mobile access and use | Research | Resource | Rural network coverage |

Executive summary 1. Despite the growth and increasing pervasiveness of mobile networks over the last decade, there is still a section of the population with minimal or no coverage. While there ...

IBS Tower – Indonesia – Feasibility Study

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Tuesday 17 Jun 2014 | Blog | Connected Society | East Asia and Pacific | English | Indonesia | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

IBS was founded in 2006 as an in-building service provider and rapidly transformed itself into a prominent telecom tower company and operator of shared network infrastructure in Indonesia. IBST’s assets are strategically ...

Sizing the Opportunity: Green Telecoms in Myanmar – Market Analysis

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Friday 13 Jun 2014 | Connected Society | East Asia and Pacific | English | Myanmar | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

This Market Analysis for Myanmar aims at providing market insights and highlight opportunities for telecom operators in the green power sector. The report analyses the state of the telecom market and how networks are currently being ...

GPM Online Vendor Directory

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Thursday 12 Jun 2014 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

The GPM Vendor Directory is an online global landscape of green energy vendors and service providers. This directory supports mobile network operators, and the wider mobile industry, in adopting green energy alternatives to power ...

Best Practices for Energy Provision in Telecoms: Francophone Africa

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Tuesday 22 Apr 2014 | Cameroon | Connected Society | English | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | Senegal | Sub-Saharan Africa |

This document focuses on the best practices for energy provision in the mobile industry and looks at various alternatives available for sustainable energy provision in a commercially viable approach. The scope of the document limits to ...

Green Site Selection Best Practice: Pakistan and Afghanistan

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Friday 7 Mar 2014 | Afghanistan | Connected Society | English | Pakistan | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | South Asia |

This document provides guidelines for MNOs in Afghanistan and Pakistan to determine if a base station site is a suitable candidate to convert into a green site and provide a best practice process for MNOs.

Mobile taxes and fees – A toolkit of principles and evidence

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Friday 14 Feb 2014 | Affordability and tax | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource |

This report considers the consistency of mobile taxation policies with established best practice principles by examining the mobile taxation burden and its impact across 19 countries. Across these 19 markets, over USD 3 in every USD 10 ...

GPM Bi-annual Report – January 2014

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Monday 3 Feb 2014 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

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Best Procurement and Maintenance Practice: Indonesia

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Thursday 12 Dec 2013 | Case study | Connected Society | East Asia and Pacific | English | Indonesia | Resource | Rural network coverage |

This document is a best practice guide for the Indonesian market, providing guidance on choosing and procuring green solutions as well as on operations and maintenance of green sites. The document also presents multiple CAPEX and OPEX ...

Job Information Service, Palestinian West Bank

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Thursday 5 Dec 2013 | Connected Society | Life stories | Middle East and North Africa | Programme | Region | Resource | Resource Type | Type | Video |

According to the UN nearly 20% of young Palestinians are neither in the labour force or in formal education. Even for those youths who have successfully graduated, employment is by no means guaranteed. Furthermore, the strained ...

Best Practice Operations Guide – West Africa

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Wednesday 27 Nov 2013 | Connected Society | English | Ghana | Nigeria | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | Sub-Saharan Africa |

This document focuses on best operation practices, to assist the MNOs/Tower Companies and ESCOs in adopting the most adequate approach to operations and maintenance of telecom power infrastructure in order to improve service ...

Greening Telecoms: Pakistan and Afghanistan Market Analysis

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Friday 1 Nov 2013 | Afghanistan | Connected Society | English | Pakistan | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | South Asia |

This document aims at identifying and examining the potential for green power deployments in the telecom industry of Pakistan and Afghanistan. This report analyses Afghanistan and Pakistan’s renewable energy resources, their green ...

GPM Vendor Landscape – Afghanistan & Pakistan – October 2013

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Friday 25 Oct 2013 | Afghanistan | Connected Society | English | Pakistan | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | South Asia |

The purpose of this Afghanistan and Pakistan Vendor Landscape is to support mobile operators in their green power initiatives by providing them with a directory of green power vendors/service providers operating or interested in ...

Ramjit, Mobile for Employment, Dora District, India

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Sunday 8 Sep 2013 | Connected Society | Country | English | India | Language | Life stories | Programme | Region | Report | Resource | Resource Type | South Asia | Type | Video |

Ramjit got his phone very recently. Until then, he’d managed without but even after a very short period of ownership, he’s keen to talk about the benefits. He lives in a remote, rural village in Uttar Pradesh and is compelled to ...