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Keeping the world connected: Development challenges in times of COVID-19

The role of mobile technology in these trying times has never been more pivotal. Mobile technology is serving as a connectivity tool and a comfort tool, bridging the physical communication gaps between individuals and their families, friends and colleagues. The mobile ...

Keeping everyone and everything connected: How temporary access to spectrum can ease congestion during the COVID-19 crisis

In the wake of the social restrictions in place to help manage the threat of COVID-19, billions of people worldwide are relying on mobile access as family interactions, socialising and work activities move online. While the world shuts down normal activities to limit the ...

Mobile industry has never been more important to world’s citizens and global economy

I would like to recognise the contributions that mobile operators around the world are making to help their communities meet the unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Providing robust and secure connectivity to individuals, businesses and governments has ...

New Radio Frequency Guidelines Good News for 5G

The debate on health concerns related to electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure has been ongoing through every generation of mobile technology.  With the adoption of 5G and the expanded use of millimetre wave spectrum and small cells, the mobile industry has seen a renewed ...

Operators Delivering IoT Solutions Beyond Connectivity

The role of the mobile operator has evolved remarkably in recent years from being considered just a provider of mobile connectivity to establishing the foundations for the so-called fourth industrial revolution. In the current environment with the rollout of 5G networks and ...

Mobilising the industry on climate action

Climate change is the greatest threat humanity has ever faced and the mobile industry has a big part to play in fighting this global crisis. In 2016, mobile became the world’s first industry to commit to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ever since, ...

Championing a Better Future through Business

The GSMA’s ‘Champions for a Better Future’ initiative is bringing an ever-growing number of mobile industry leaders together who are committed to showcasing how understanding and responding to social, environmental and ethical issues is good for business. Through embedding ...

What makes a data privacy law ‘smart’? A look at Africa and beyond

The mobile industry is forecast to contribute $185 billion to GDP in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2023, and through mobile, nearly 250 million more people are expected to access the internet by 2025 (according to the GSMA’s Mobile Economy Sub-Saharan Africa Report). Countries ...

GSMA Global Artificial Intelligence Challenge 2019

  Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have a profound impact on mobile operators’ businesses and the wider mobile ecosystem. Today, many operators are experimenting and deploying machine learning and other AI techniques at scale, but getting it right and scaling ...

GSMA BETA Labs: Saving Operators Millions and Helping to Usher in the 5G Era

The 5G era promises to deliver incredible mobile broadband speeds, transforming society and ushering in a host of socio-economic benefits. It’s expected to be the panacea that will address a diverse array of requirements and use cases such as enhanced transportation, public ...

The City of the Future

Mobile technology is having a hugely transformative impact on our daily lives, fundamentally changing the way we engage with the world around us. Mobile service now extends to 95% of the global population and mobile internet users are forecast to reach 5 billion by 2025. ...

GSMA Tech4Girls Initiative Launches Globally in support of International Girls in ICT Day

  International Girls in ICT Day aims to inspire and encourage young women to explore career opportunities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects through a combination of talks from high-profile female industry leaders and interactive ...

The Mobile Industry Prove Themselves Champions of IoT Security

As the Internet of Things grows, anxieties over enterprise and consumer security understandably grow with it.  The basic question is a reasonable one: how can we ensure this surge in global connectivity delivers the benefits and efficiencies it so credibly promises, without ...

Getting spectrum right, sets the stage for great 5G

The first commercial 5G services are already here and the coming years will see launches all over the world. The integration of the technology into our lives and work has the potential to impact communities and economies even more than previous generations. But not all 5G ...

5G Connectivity in Rural Cities

The New Year will bring a major milestone for the mobile industry as global carriers will begin rolling out 5G service to millions of consumers. In addition to an influx of international carriers such as Telus Mobility, Entel and China Unicom, the four major U.S. carriers ...

Closing the Connectivity Gap

For over a decade, the GSMA has been working to close the digital gender gap. Our Connected Women Programme is currently helping to enable the digital and financial inclusion of millions of women around the world. Collaboration is key to the realisation of such ambitions, so ...

Cross-border data flows for a brighter future

As privacy regulators from around the world descend on Brussels this week for the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC), the GSMA is preparing to host a discussion on cross-border data flows. Barriers to data flows could stifle ...

UK Government Backs GSMA IoT Security Guidelines

The UK Government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has this week published its IoT Security ‘Code of Practice’, which makes reference to the GSMA’s IoT Security Guidelines as an example of industry best practice. The GSMA’s guidelines outline a number of ...

Measuring mobile’s impact on sustainable development at UNGA

The GSMA was in New York last month to represent the mobile industry at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Over the course of the week the GSMA participated in a wide range of activities with several high-profile partners, providing a platform for dialogue ...

How mobile big data can help eradicate one of the biggest killers of our time

Heads of state will gather in New York on 26 September this year at the UN General Assembly’s first-ever high-level meeting on how to accelerate efforts to eradicate tuberculosis (TB). The ability to use the ‘big data’ from mobile networks to identify vulnerable populations ...