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Understanding the State of Mobile Internet Connectivity 2020

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Thursday 19 Nov 2020 | Connected Society | Mobile access and use | Resource | Video | Webinar |

Almost half of the world’s population – 3.8 billion people – are using mobile internet. This continues to grow, with an additional 250 million people connecting for the first time in 2019. For many citizens, mobile is their only means of accessing the ...

Connected Society: Delivering digital inclusion for all

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Thursday 29 Oct 2020 | Connected Society | Global | Resource |

The GSMA Connected Society programme works with the mobile industry and key stakeholders to increase access to and adoption of mobile internet, focusing on underserved population groups in low and middle-income countries. The unconnected population is ...

Why are 3.4 billion people still offline?

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Thursday 8 Oct 2020 | Connected Society | Resource | Thrive Africa Shorts | Video |

Across the world, four billion people remain offline. Of these, the vast majority – 3.4 billion people – already have access to mobile broadband. Most of the people who are covered but who are not using the internet are in Asia, while ...

Accelerating Digital Inclusion

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Tuesday 29 Sep 2020 | Connected Society | Presentation | Resource | Thrive Africa Side Sessions | Video |

This interactive session discussed the state of mobile connectivity, together with key barriers and opportunities for accelerating digital inclusion in Africa. We shared our latest data and insights on mobile internet coverage and adoption in Africa ...

The State of Mobile Internet Connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Wednesday 7 Oct 2020 | Connected Society | English | Mobile access and use | Presentation | Report | Research | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa | Thrive Africa Shorts |

In this video, Anne Delaporte, Senior Insights Manager of Connected Society, and Federico Agnoletto, Senior Economist of GSMA Intelligence, present the key findings of the

A Discussion with Android on Enhancing Digital Skills in Africa

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Wednesday 7 Oct 2020 | Connected Society | Digital literacy | English | Presentation | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa | Thrive Africa Shorts | Video |

In this video we hear from Jonathan Bordage, Market Engagement Manager of Connected Society as he talks about the key barriers to mobile internet adoption and explains how the GSMA Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT) helps ...

The State of Mobile Internet Connectivity Report 2020

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Tuesday 22 Sep 2020 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Research | Resource | State of the industry and trends |

Almost half of the world’s population are now using mobile internet. This Connected Society flagship report provides a comprehensive overview of the trends in global connectivity to inform progress towards closing the coverage and usage gaps.

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

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Monday 27 Jul 2020 | Connected Society | English | Global | Mobile Digital Skills Alliance | Resource |

The GSMA Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT) uses a ‘train the trainer’ approach to teach people basic mobile internet skills. The MISTT consists of short lessons in PDF format that can be easily adapted to local needs and languages.

GSMA Connected Society: Life Stories from DRC and Bangladesh

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Monday 20 Jul 2020 | Bangladesh | Connected Society | Democratic Republic of Congo | English | Life stories | Mobile access and use | Rural network coverage | South Asia | Sub-Saharan Africa | Video |

In this Connected Society Life Stories video we talk to locals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Bangladesh and learn how they have been empowered by mobile.

Supporting the Growth of the Tech Start-Up Ecosystem in Uganda:
A Policy Outlook

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Tuesday 14 Jul 2020 | Connected Society | English | Policy and regulation | Report | Sub-Saharan Africa | Uganda |

Mobile has superseded other communication methods to become the primary form of connectivity in Uganda. Across Uganda, start-ups are seizing the opportunity provided by mobile technology to offer fresh thinking and potential solutions ...

GSMA Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity – An Interview with the CEO of MTN Uganda

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Monday 15 Jun 2020 | Connected Society | English | Rural network coverage | Sub-Saharan Africa | Uganda | Video |

The GSMA Connected Society programme spoke with Wim Vanhelleputte, CEO of MTN Uganda, about the GSMA Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity. Wim ...

GSMA Connected Society Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity: The Winners

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Thursday 2 Apr 2020 | Connected Society | English | Ghana | Innovation fund and grants | Rural network coverage | Sub-Saharan Africa | Uganda | Video |

Rural coverage innovators iSAT Africa and NuRAN Wireless have been awarded up to £330,000 each for implementing turnkey solutions to suit challenging rural environments with low population density, difficult terrain, and/or limited infrastructure.

Mobile for Development brochure 2020

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Wednesday 4 Mar 2020 | AgriTech | Assistive Tech | Connected Society | Connected Women | Digital Identity | Ecosystem Accelerator | Global | Mobile for Development Utilities | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Mobile Money | Resource |

GSMA Mobile for Development has recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Ten years in which we have grown from a simple but powerful idea to a global team of 130 and a portfolio of projects that have now impacted ...

Connected Society: An Overview for Policymakers

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Monday 23 Nov 2020 | Connected Society | Digital literacy | English | Global | Mobile access and use | Policy and regulation | Resource |

Policymakers have a key role to play in accelerating digital inclusion. In this Connected Society overview, read our top recommendations for how policymakers can close the coverage gap and how they can address the top 5 barriers to mobile internet usage.

GSMA Connected Society Overview

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Thursday 20 Feb 2020 | Connected Society | 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.

Présentation du Programme Connected Society de la GSMA

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Thursday 20 Feb 2020 | Connected Society | 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.

Presentación del programa Connected Society de la GSMA

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Thursday 20 Feb 2020 | Connected Society | 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.

Webinar on Demand: The State of Mobile Internet Connectivity

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Thursday 7 Nov 2019 | Connected Society | English | Global | 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 | 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 | English | Global | Mobile access and use | Mobile for Development | 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 | English | Mobile access and use | Mobile for Development | 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 | English | Global | Mobile for Development | 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 | English | Global | Mobile access and use | Mobile for Development | 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 literacy | English | Mobile access and use | Report | Research |

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 | English | Mobile access and use | 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.

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

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Thursday 28 Mar 2019 | Connected Society | 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 ...

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 | English | Ghana | Mobile access and use | 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 | Cambodia | Case study | Connected Society | East Asia and Pacific | Energy | English | 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 | Connected Society | Digital literacy | East Asia and Pacific | English | Europe and Central Asia | Gender | Global | Latin America & the Caribbean | Middle East and North Africa | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet for women | Policy and regulation | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | South Asia | State of the industry and trends | Sub-Saharan Africa |

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 | Connected Society | Connected Women | Cote d'Ivoire | Digital literacy | Gender | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet for women | Report | Research | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa | Tanzania |

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 ...

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

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Monday 5 Feb 2018 | Connected Society | English | Global | Guidelines | Mobile access and use | Policy and regulation | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | 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 literacy | English | Gender | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet for women | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | 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 literacy | English | Gender | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet for women | 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 | Argentina | Connected Society | English | Latin America & the Caribbean | Mobile access and use | Policy and regulation | Report | Research | Resource | 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 | Bangladesh | Connected Society | Connected Women | Digital literacy | English | Gender | India | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet for women | Pakistan | Report | Research | Resource | South Asia | Sri Lanka |

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 ...

The Mobile Connectivity Index

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Monday 18 Sep 2017 | Connected Society | Infographic | Mobile access and use | Resource | Rural network coverage |

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 | East Asia and Pacific | English | MNOs' operational and strategic issues | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | 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 | 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 | Connected Society | English | Middle East and North Africa | Mobile access and use | 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 | Connected Society | Egypt | English | Iraq | Jordan | Middle East and North Africa | Mobile access and use | 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 | Connected Society | Connected Women | Digital literacy | English | Gender | Global | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet for women | Report | Research | Resource |

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 | 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 | Chad | Connected Society | 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 | Connected Society | English | French | Niger | Policy and regulation | Report | Resource |

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 literacy | English | 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 | Colombia | Connected Society | 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 literacy | English | India | 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 | English | India | Mobile access and use | 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 | 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 | English | 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 | Connected Society | 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 | 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 literacy | East Asia and Pacific | English | India | Indonesia | Mobile access and use | 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 | 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. ...

Digital inclusion and mobile sector taxation in Honduras

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Tuesday 19 Apr 2016 | Connected Society | 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 | Connected Society | 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 | 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 | 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 | Connected Society | Democratic Republic of Congo | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 literacy | English | Gender | Global | India | Indonesia | Language | Mobile access and use | Programme | Region | Report | Research | Resource | Resource Type | Type |

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 |

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 | 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 | 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 | English | Resource | South Asia |

 

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 | 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 | 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.

TextWeb

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Monday 4 Aug 2014 | Case study | Connected Society | English | India | Resource | South Asia |

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 | 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 ...