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Mobile’s crucial role tackling our pandemic recovery and the climate crisis

Blog attributed to Daniel Pataki, Head of Europe, GSMA The insights from our annual Mobile Economy Europe Report, published this month, are particularly pertinent as Europe embarks on post-pandemic recovery while tackling the climate crisis. The report shows the crucial role ...

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How the rise of eSIM can grow MNO and OEM business

Customer and operator demand for eSIM has never been higher, and its growth is accelerating. Soon eSIM will be part of the mobile industry’s day-to-day business, thanks to digitisation strategies, along with the need to facilitate the use of IoT devices. Therefore, knowing ...

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GSMA and ETNO call for a more equitable and balanced approach towards taxation of the telecommunications sector under the new tax rules proposed by OECD/G20, August 2021

GSMA, ETNO and their members welcome the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework landmark agreement for taxation of the digitalizing economy. However, the industry is concerned that the current proposal fails to recognise the essential contribution of the telecommunications sector to ...

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

During the pandemic, mobile broadband, fixed wireless connections and mobile apps have become the main tools to remain operational and in contact with medical professionals, work colleagues and loved ones. The work of some role model countries can act as inspiration in parts ...

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Capacity to Power Innovation: 5G in the 6 GHz Band

Spectrum in the 6 GHz range (5925-7125 MHz) provides the bandwidth to allow affordable connectivity for a 5G society. 5G is a pillar of digital transformation. Its integration into our lives and work has the potential to impact communities and economies, and as it delivers ...

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Plan your Route to a Successful 4G/5G Rollout

Access the device intelligence you need to time network rollout and sunset accurately. With more and more people using apps and social media platforms for communication, cloud services and streaming content, cellular networks are under increasing strain. Those networks that ...

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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, ...