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How Successful Spectrum Awards Can Accelerate Digital Agendas Across Africa

Blog attributed to Akinwale Goodluck, Head of Africa, GSMA The benefits of mobile broadband are clear to see all across Africa. For governments that want to continue to expand coverage and maximise the benefits from connectivity, making sure there is more affordable spectrum ...

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How to Navigate the Era of Responsible Leadership in Today’s World

Fifty years ago, the economist Milton Friedman proclaimed that “there is one and only social responsibility of business – to use its resources to engage in activities designed to increase its profits.”[1]  He decried as “unwitting puppets” those executives that take ...

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The Nation of Shopkeepers Turns to Their Smartphones – Brits More Likely to Use Their Smartphones to Shop

Blog attributed to Jason Reed, Lead Analyst, Digital Consumer at GSMA Intelligence Cancelled seasonal parties, remembering face masks and hand sanitisers, nervous coughs, WFH, closed stores except for essential shopping. There are a lot good reasons to hunker down this ...

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Children’s rights in the time of COVID-19: How can mobile play its part

Today is World Children’s Day – a day designated to children’s welfare. Celebrating child rights defines who we are and what we aspire to be as a global society. It is an opportunity to take stock on what we can do, both at an individual and organisational level, ...

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Mobile’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals: Good progress to date and much more to do

This blog was written by Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA “Even pre-COVID, the world was not on track to meet the SDGs.” This was the sobering statement from Sanda Ojiambo, CEO of the United Nations’ Global Compact, in her keynote at our recent webinar exploring the ...

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Equal Access to Digital Technologies: A Key to Resilient Recovery

This blog was written in partnership with the World Bank.  Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA Mari Pangestu, Managing Director, Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank Group A global pandemic was far from Loretta Ibrahim’s mind when she signed up for the Click-On ...

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Collaboration key to beating coverage and connectivity gaps

In the last decade mobile has connected over 2.5 billion people to the internet and mobile broadband coverage is not over 90 per cent of the world’s population. As impressive as that is, 600 million people still live in areas with no coverage whatsoever. A second ...

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U.N. Secretary General’s Task Force on Digital Financing for the SDGs

Since the start of the global pandemic, the world has witnessed the benefits of being connected and the danger of being left out. For nearly 6 billion mobile subscribers, mobile technology has proven a lifeline that keeps loved ones connected, facilitates remote access to ...

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Using mobile big data to help inform the fight against COVID-19 in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is particularly vulnerable to the COVID-19 epidemic. The country is already dealing with cholera, a measles epidemic that has caused 6,000 deaths since January 2019, as well as a new outbreak of Ebola in the Équateur province. At the ...

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Driving Digital Transformation for Women and Girls through Mobile: Unlocking the Potential of Small States

The 2019 Sustainable Development Goals Report from the United Nations Secretary General points to the fact none of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be achieved unless SDG5 (Gender Equality) is achieved first. A significant part of achieving gender parity is ...

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Digital Declaration signatories: companies’ response to COVID-19

It’s being said a lot: we are living in unprecedented times. It is precisely when we face the unknown, or a new endeavour, the need for leadership emerges stronger than ever. This is now particularly true in the digital age, given the key role technology is playing in ...

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The Role of AI for Impact in the Fight against COVID-19

It is difficult to overstate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on families, industries, and governments across the globe. The disease has caused widespread illness and enormous disruption to many aspects of modern life. As the physical economy became disrupted, digital and ...

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5G: A Backbone for Europe’s Economic Recovery

One of the biggest strengths of the GSMA – our ability to convene 110,000 people from 90 countries for the annual MWC in Barcelona – suddenly became a challenge in the face of a fast-moving new virus, COVID-19. We were forced to cancel the trade show on 12 February, when ...

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Adjusting mobile tax policy in light of COVID-19: How fiscal policy can keep us connected

As countries battle with the coronavirus outbreak, governments around the world are taking unprecedented fiscal and economic measures to support their economies. Recognising the critical role of digital technologies in keeping people connected, enabling business continuity, ...

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Maintaining consumer trust in the fight against COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to fundamentally change the global landscape. Responding to this crisis situation, mobile network operators are working with stakeholders around the world – including governments, international organisations, NGOs, and academics – to ensure that mobile can ...

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Eleven Regulatory Recommendations to Sustain Connectivity During the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health crisis shared by all, requiring consumers, companies and governments to adapt to new circumstances and support efforts to contain the spread of this disease. The foremost goal is to save lives. But there are many other critical ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...