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Mobile Money in Latin America A case study of Tigo Paraguay

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Tuesday 19 Jul 2011 | Case studies | Case study | English | Latin America & the Caribbean | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | Paraguay | Resource | Spanish |

This case study provides a summary of the Paraguayan mobile financial ecosystem, highlighting the favourable conditions which have contributed to the development of Mobile Money. Download:

MMU 2011 Annual Report

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Sunday 10 Jul 2011 | Building the financial ecosystem | English | Global | Global and regional studies | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | Research | Resource |

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GPM Bi-annual Report – July 2011

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Friday 1 Jul 2011 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

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The Rockefeller Foundation’s SPEED Project in India

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Friday 1 Jul 2011 | Digital Utilities | Energy | India | Research | Resource | South Asia |

By Zia Khan and from the Green Power for Mobile Bi-annual Report July 2011. Smart Power for Environmentally and Economically Sound Development (SPEED) is an initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation that was initiated in ...

Community Power from Mobile – Charging Services

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Friday 1 Jul 2011 | Digital Utilities | Energy | Global | Research | Resource |

The opportunity now exists for mobile network operators to provide electricity beyond the base station and into local communities, a phenomenon which the GSMA Mobile for Development calls “Community Power from Mobile”.

Community Power from Mobile: The Ecology Foundation

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Friday 1 Jul 2011 | Digital Utilities | Energy | Global | Research | Resource |

By Declan Murphy and from the Green Power for Mobile Bi-Annual Report July 2011. Affordable electric power is the underlying currency of all global society. Delivering electric power to off-grid rural communities is a ...

Energize the Chain Initiative

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Friday 1 Jul 2011 | Digital Utilities | Energy | Global | Research | Resource |

By Dr. Harvey Rubin and Judah Levine, from the Green Power for Mobile Bi-Annual Report July 2011. People living in the rural regions of developing countries are often deprived of local healthcare facility access. With more ...

Green Power for Mobile Charging Choices 2011: Mobile Phone Charging Solutions in the Developing World

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Friday 1 Jul 2011 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

As the rate of mobile subscriptions surges in developing countries, mobile phones are becoming a vital tool for empowering remote communities. However, several barriers remain which inhibits full adoption in rural regions. Coupled with ...

Green Power for Mobile’s Interactive Replication Guide

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Friday 1 Jul 2011 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

This interactive guide is intended to assist Mobile Network Operators navigate through the decision making process of determining if a site is a suitable candidate for renewable energy deployment.

Banglalink – Bangladesh – Feasibility Study

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Friday 1 Jul 2011 | Bangladesh | Connected Society | English | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | South Asia |

The GSMA’s Green Power for Mobile (GPM) programme worked with Banglalink to analyse the entire Banglalink network, which consists of 4760 base stations, to identify specific solutions for energy cost savings.

Vodafone Qatar’s Al Johara: empowerment through entrepreneurship

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Friday 24 Jun 2011 | Case study | Connected Women | English | Gender | Mobile access and use | Qatar | Resource | South Asia |

Empowerment through entrepreneurship, this case study examines how Vodafone created a network of female sales agents who sell to other women whilst working within appropriate Qatari cultural norms.

mAgri Programme Case Study – M-Kilimo

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Wednesday 1 Jun 2011 | AgriTech | Case study | Global | Resource |

In 2009 the GSMA Mobile for Development set up a farmer helpline, M-Kilimo, in Kenya with support from the Rockefeller Foundation. M-Kilimo (‘M-Agriculture’ in Swahili) is a farmer helpline where farmers can call agricultural experts ...

Policy Recommendations to Address the Mobile Phone Gender Gap

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Sunday 1 May 2011 | Connected Women | English | Gender | Global | Mobile access and use | Research | Resource |

This paper summarises the GSMA mWomen recommendations for policymakers. Governments and policy makers have a critical role to play in empowering women through mobile technology and are a pivotal part of the ecosystem required for ...

Disaster Relief 2.0: the future of information sharing in humanitarian emergencies

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Monday 4 Apr 2011 | Archive | English | Global | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Research | Resource |

From the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. This report is a snapshot of an ongoing discussion—a dialogue that the partners to this report wish to extend and continue.

Telecel – Zimbabwe – Feasibility Study

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Friday 1 Apr 2011 | Connected Society | English | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | Sub-Saharan Africa | Zimbabwe |

Telecel Zimbabwe has a small network consisting of only 290 BTS sites covering the most inhabited areas, and the roads that transverse the country. Zimbabwe has a good commercial power network, although daily outages are common place. ...

Mobile Money Definitions

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Friday 1 Apr 2011 | English | French | Global | MNOs' operational and strategic issues | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | Resource | Spanish | Toolkit |

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Driving customer usage of mobile money for the unbanked

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Monday 7 Mar 2011 | English | French | Global | MNOs' operational and strategic issues | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | Research | Resource | Spanish |

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Mapping and Effectively Structuring Operator-Bank Relationships to Offer Mobile Money for the Unbanked

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Monday 7 Mar 2011 | English | Global | MNOs' operational and strategic issues | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | Research | Resource |

This publication introduces the idea of the "business owner”: the bank, operator, or third party that assumes the bulk of the financial risk of offering a mobile money service. The business owner ...

Azercell – Azerbaijan – Feasibility Study

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Wednesday 2 Mar 2011 | Azerbaijan | Connected Society | English | Europe and Central Asia | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

In March 2011, Swedish telecom major TeliaSonera Eurasia signed an agreement with the GSMA for a Feasibility Study to be conducted by the GPM team. The study encompassed technical and financial feasibility analyses on a large number of ...

Ncell – Nepal – Feasibility Study

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Wednesday 2 Mar 2011 | Connected Society | English | Nepal | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | South Asia |

In March 2011, Swedish telecom major TeliaSonera Eurasia signed an agreement with the GSMA for a Feasibility Study to be conducted by the GPM team. The study encompassed technical and financial feasibility analyses on a large number of ...

Tcell – Tajikistan – Feasibility Study

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Wednesday 2 Mar 2011 | Connected Society | English | Europe and Central Asia | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | Tajikistan |

In March 2011, Swedish telecom major TeliaSonera Eurasia signed an agreement with the GSMA for a Feasibility Study to be conducted by the GPM team. The study encompassed technical and financial feasibility analyses on a large number of ...

TeliaSonera – Feasibility Study

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Wednesday 2 Mar 2011 | Azerbaijan | Connected Society | English | Europe and Central Asia | Nepal | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | South Asia | Tajikistan |

In March 2011, Swedish telecom major TeliaSonera Eurasia signed an agreement with the GSMA for a Feasibility Study to be conducted by the Green Power for Mobile (GPM) team. The study encompassed technical and financial feasibility ...

Mobile Health in the Pharmaceutical Industry

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Tuesday 1 Mar 2011 | Case study | English | Global | mHealth | Resource |

This overview examines the extent to which mobile applications can support the pharmaceutical sector. It will examine why these applications have largely not been driven by the mobile industry, and identifies the potential role for ...

Mobile Health in the Health Insurance Industry

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Tuesday 1 Mar 2011 | Case study | English | Global | mHealth | Resource |

This overview examines the extent to which mobile applications can support the health insurer sector. It will examine why these applications have largely not been driven by the mobile industry, and identifies the potential role for ...

Telecel – Central African Republic – Feasibility Study

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Tuesday 1 Mar 2011 | Central African Republic | Connected Society | English | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | Sub-Saharan Africa |

The country has abundant hydroelectric resources that provide reliable and inexpensive power to the capital city. About 80 percent of the CAR's electricity is provided by hydroelectricity, most of which is generated north of Bangui, ...

Policy and Regulation for Innovation in Mobile Health

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Friday 11 Feb 2011 | English | Global | mHealth | Research | Resource |

As healthcare systems around the world tackle the challenges of rising demand and expectations, mobile communications are opening up new possibilities for improving access, for freeing time for clinicians to spend on care rather than ...

Regulatory Impact on Business Model Choice

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Friday 11 Feb 2011 | English | Global | MNOs' operational and strategic issues | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | Policy and regulation | Research | Resource |

Gives an overview of which business models are a given option for the individual mobile operator depending on the regulatory situation in the country of interest. Download:

Building, Incentivising and Managing a Network of Mobile Money Agents: A Handbook for Mobile Network Operators

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Thursday 10 Feb 2011 | English | French | Global | MNOs' operational and strategic issues | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | Research | Resource | Spanish |

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Mobile Health: Who Pays?

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Tuesday 8 Feb 2011 | English | Global | mHealth | Research | Resource |

Published by GSMA & ATKearney. Mobile Health is big news in the telecoms industry. Although there is little consensus on the size, or even scope, of the global market for mobile health, several sources predict a market in the ...

Telefónica – South America – Feasibility Studies

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Tuesday 1 Feb 2011 | Argentina | Chile | Colombia | Connected Society | English | Latin America & the Caribbean | Mexico | Nicaragua | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | Venezuela |

The GSMA conducted a six country study for Telefónica in South America. The countries covered by this study were Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

Is there Really any Money in Mobile Money?

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Thursday 9 Dec 2010 | English | French | Global | MNOs' operational and strategic issues | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | Research | Resource | Spanish |

From Afghanistan to Zambia, mobile network operators (MNOs) in developing countries are launching mobile money services at a rapid pace. Yet while their enthusiasm to enter this business is clear – to date 78 deployments have been ...

GPM Bi-annual Report – November 2010

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Monday 1 Nov 2010 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

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Econet Lesotho – Lesotho – Feasibility Study

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Monday 1 Nov 2010 | Connected Society | English | Lesotho | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | Sub-Saharan Africa |

The GSMA Green Power for Mobile (GPM) programme was commissioned by Econet Lesotho during Q1 2010 to complete a Feasibility Study to analyse the operator’s network and propose an implementation plan for a green power network.

Energy for the Telecom Towers: India Market Sizing and Forecasting

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Wednesday 1 Sep 2010 | Connected Society | English | India | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | South Asia |

This document presents the market opportunity for Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and investors in India considering the outsourcing of the energy component of telecoms towers.

Hello – Cambodia – Feasibility Study

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Wednesday 1 Sep 2010 | Cambodia | Connected Society | East Asia and Pacific | English | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

GSMA’s Green Power for Mobile (GPM) programme worked with Hello to analyse the entire Hello network - consisting of 622 base stations - to identify specific solutions for energy cost savings.  

Mobile Money: Methodology for Assessing Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risks

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Wednesday 16 Jun 2010 | English | French | Global | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | Policy and regulation | Research | Resource | Spanish |

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GPM Bi-annual Report – June 2010

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Tuesday 1 Jun 2010 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

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IFC Financial Products for Green Power

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Tuesday 1 Jun 2010 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

By Ian Larsen, published in the GPM Bi-annual Report June 2010. In the longer term, green power has significant potential to reduce a Mobile Network Operator’s (MNO) carbon footprint and slow energy consumption growth. A ...

HOMER Software: Training Guide for Renewable Energy Base Station Design

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Thursday 13 May 2010 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

HOMER is a free software application developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the United States. This software application is used to design and evaluate technically and financially the options for off-grid and on-grid ...

International Remittance Service Providers

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Saturday 1 May 2010 | Building the financial ecosystem | English | Global | International remittances | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | Research | Resource |

An overview of mobile International Remittance Service Provider service offerings. Download:

True Money and M-PESA: Two Unique Paths to Scale (Focus: Thailand and Kenya)

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Tuesday 16 Mar 2010 | Case studies | Case study | East Asia and Pacific | English | Kenya | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa | Thailand |

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MTN – Uganda – Feasibility Study

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Monday 1 Mar 2010 | Connected Society | English | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | Sub-Saharan Africa | Uganda |

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Women & Mobile: A Global Opportunity

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Tuesday 16 Feb 2010 | Connected Women | English | Gender | Global | Mobile access and use | Research | Resource |

The report is the first global study of its kind. It endeavours to understand mobile usage by women subscribers in low and middle income countries and highlights the barriers facing women’s adoption of mobile technologies. It also ...

Third Parties Will Implement Complex Community Power Applications

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Saturday 2 Jan 2010 | Digital Utilities | Energy | English | Global | Research | Resource |

Published January 2010 by Sagar Gubbi. Increased market competition in high growth markets such as India has put tremendous pressure on the operating margins of mobile operators, which is driving increased popularity of the ...

Community Power: Using Mobile to Extend the Grid

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Friday 1 Jan 2010 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

A significant opportunity exists to provide environmentally sustainable energy to people in the developing world who live beyond the electricity grid. And it is the mobile telecoms industry–which has already brought phones beyond the ...

GPM Bi-annual Report – November 2009

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Sunday 1 Nov 2009 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

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Evaluating Green Power Technologies

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Sunday 1 Nov 2009 | Digital Utilities | Energy | Global | Research | Resource |

From the Green Power for Mobile Bi-Annual Report 2009 and written by David Taverner.

Digicel – Haiti – Feasibility Study

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Sunday 1 Nov 2009 | Connected Society | English | Haiti | Latin America & the Caribbean | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

The GSMA Green Power for Mobile programme was commissioned by Digicel Haiti during Q4 2009 to complete a Feasibility Study to analyse the operator’s network and propose an implementation plan for a green power network.

Zantel – Tanzania – Feasibility Study

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Sunday 1 Nov 2009 | Connected Society | English | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | Sub-Saharan Africa | Tanzania |

The GSMA Green Power for Mobile (GPM) programme was commissioned by Zantel, Tanzania during Q3 2009 to complete a Feasibility Study to analyse the operator’s network and propose an implementation plan for a green power network.

A closer look at ZAP in East Africa – Bahrain, Kenya, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Niger, Malawi and Uganda

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Tuesday 8 Sep 2009 | Case studies | Case study | English | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa |

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Seeking Fertile Grounds for Mobile Money

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Thursday 3 Sep 2009 | Global | MNOs' operational and strategic issues | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | Resource |

In the wake of mobile money featuring on the cover of The Economist, many are surely asking where the next success story will come from. In this article, Ignacio Mas and Amrik Heyer analyse the environmental dynamics affecting the ...

The GSMA’s Mobile Money Business Model Framework

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Tuesday 1 Sep 2009 | English | Global | MNOs' operational and strategic issues | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | Research | Resource |

Framework to help MNOs to think through what is required for a successful mobile money deployment – what are the key stages and what do they need to consider in order to achieve success? Download: 

What makes a Successful Mobile Money Implementation? Learnings from M-PESA in Kenya and Tanzania

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Monday 16 Mar 2009 | English | Kenya | Mobile Money | Research | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa | Tanzania |

The mobile money community has watched (and compared) the adoption of M-PESA in Kenya and Tanzania with great interest. This publication provides a full comparison of the factors which have impacted adoption rates in the two countries. ...

Mobile Money for the Unbanked Quarterly Report 2009

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Sunday 1 Mar 2009 | English | Global | Global and regional studies | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | Research | Resource |

Communicates the progress of the GSMA MMU initiative as well as provide significant research into key mobile money issues. Download:

Mobile infrastructure sharing report

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Saturday 15 Nov 2008 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

Commercial considerations, rather than regulatory mandates, appear to be driving the increasing trend for MNOs to adopt a variety of infrastructure models. Examples of mobile network sharing can be ...

The Setting of Mobile Termination Rates: Best Practice in Cost Modelling

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Thursday 16 Oct 2008 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource |

This paper serves as a guide to best practice cost modelling and how such modelling should be used to set appropriate prices for terminating calls on operators’ networks. The report sets out some of the key issues that should be ...

Understanding Financial Regulation And How It Works

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Tuesday 1 Jan 2008 | English | Global | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | Policy and regulation | Research | Resource |

Gives an overview of financial regulation AMC/KYC in the context of MMT English

Global Mobile Tax Review 2006-2007

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Tuesday 16 Oct 2007 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource |

This report builds on a 2005 report Tax and the Digital Divide and extends the benchmark of taxes levied on the ownership and use of mobile phones to 101 countries, representing about 85% of the global population. From a sample of 57 ...

MTC Namibia – Case Study

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Sunday 1 Apr 2007 | Case study | Connected Society | English | Namibia | Resource | Rural network coverage | Sub-Saharan Africa |

One of the greatest challenges facing GSM operators in emerging markets is the demand for network expansion in an environment where there is limited or no access to the electricity grid for base station power.

IDEA Cellular India

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Monday 1 Jan 2007 | Connected Society | English | India | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage | South Asia |

A key reason why many regions of the world lack GSM coverage is the limited reach of the electricity grid. In Nigeria for example only 25% of base stations are connected to ‘the grid’ which means Operators have to solve the power issue ...

Universal Access – How Mobile Can Bring Communications to All

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Monday 16 Oct 2006 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

This report examines how Universal Service Funds are currently meeting their objectives and what role mobile plays in delivering universal service and access. The report makes recommendations that governments regard market forces as ...