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Driving forward Africa’s Digital Revolution at Mobile 360 Series – West Africa, 11-12 April 2018

According to the GSMA’s upcoming Mobile Economy West Africa 2018 report, subscriber penetration rates reached 47 per cent in West Africa, up from 28 per cent at the start of the decade. This rapid growth has meant that mobile has brought new opportunities for governments, ...

GSMA Report Details Expected Growth of 5G Across the U.S.

The launch of the first commercial 5G services in the United States is imminent, and the projected growth numbers for future 5G adoption suggests the country will be one of the world’s leading 5G nations in the coming years. The recent GSMA Intelligence report, “5G era in ...

Benefiting from a #BetterFuture: Why delivering the Sustainable Development Goals is a multi-trillion-dollar opportunity

The mobile industry is playing a pioneering role in delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals – and unlocking new revenue opportunities along the way Last month, in an open letter to corporate bosses the world over, Larry Fink, the CEO and chairman of BlackRock, made a ...

Entering the Age of Intelligent Connectivity

This week at Mobile World Congress, two technology developments will be front and centre and they are setting the stage for our mobile future: 5G and artificial intelligence (AI). The mobile industry continues to make strong progress with 5G. Most of the 5G pioneers are ...

Consumer insights: understanding mobile engagement

Mobile technology is transforming people’s lives, and consumer behaviour is continually evolving as devices get smarter, services grow richer and societies become more connected. With mobile now reaching over 5 billion people across the world, it is becoming increasingly ...

Creating a Better Future at GSMA Innovation City

With less than a week to go, the countdown to Mobile World Congress 2018 is nearing its end. One of the most popular attractions at the event is the GSMA Innovation City, which attracted over 30,000 unique visitors last year alone. Back for 2018, the Innovation City will ...

Big Data for Social Good: Achievements one year on and looking ahead at Mobile World Congress 2018

The world today is facing some major global challenges that require innovative solutions and partnerships to be solved. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) guide us in this effort, providing the key targets to transform our world: to end the epidemics of AIDS, ...

Creating a Better Future: GSMA Programmes at Mobile World Congress 2018

With only two weeks to go until the 2018 edition of Mobile World Congress, the GSMA is putting the finishing touches to the numerous events, seminars, and demos that help to make up Mobile World Congress. Aligning with the event theme of “Creating a Better Future”, the ...

Data Protection Day: Grounds for optimism

Today is Data Protection Day. Originally launched by the Council of Europe (CoE) in connection with their Convention 108, it is always a useful reminder that spreading good standards of data protection and enabling data to flow between countries are compatible aims. In fact, ...

Three ways mobile is solving the global identity crisis

Over a billion people cannot prove who they are. As a result, they can’t access life-enhancing services such as healthcare, education, financial services, connectivity and social protections. This “identity gap” – affecting some 14% of the world’s population – is widest in ...

5G Network Slicing Brings Business Opportunities

GSMA Intelligence estimates that there will be 1.2 billion 5G connections by 2025, covering 40% of the global population, or about 2.7 billion people. 5G promises to usher in an era of incredibly fast, smart networks that will be more responsive and customisable than ...

Taiwan’s Launch of Mobile Connect Represents Maturity of Asia’s Identity Market

Mobile Connect has now launched in Taiwan, where the digital identity solution is finding a range of applications in the public sector. Through collaboration between Taiwanese operators, municipal authorities in Taipei, and the national government, 2.7 million people in ...

Measuring mobile internet adoption readiness: which countries are leading the way?

The latest data on the GSMA’s Mobile Connectivity Index reveals the leading and most improved global markets for mobile internet adoption The internet is the most important enabler of social development and economic growth of our time, and yet around 4 billion people – half ...

Making Strides: Connecting Everyone and Everything to a Better Future

As we head towards the end of the year, I wanted to update you on the progress we’ve made in delivering on our industry purpose to connect everyone and everything to a better future. We’ve made important strides over the past few months in our goal of creating a world in ...

Looking forward to Mobile World Congress Americas 2017

It is now just over a week until we welcome you to the inaugural Mobile World Congress Americas in San Francisco – it’s set to be the most comprehensive mobile technology event ever in the Americas region has ever seen. I know we’re excited about it and I hope you’re looking ...

Mobile: Five Ways to Transform Humanitarian Service Delivery

The total number of forcibly displaced people was estimated to be 65.6 million by the end of 2016, and this number continues to rise. From 2000 to 2016, over 3.5 billion people were impacted by natural disasters and humanitarian crisis. The scale of response required in ...

Thoughts from Tanzania

I’ve just returned from our Mobile 360 Series – Africa event in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where I’ve had the opportunity to see the impact of mobile on the Sub-Saharan Africa region. I was once again struck by the power of mobile to transform lives. In Africa, mobile truly is ...

Mobile 360 Series – Africa 2017: Exploring the digital future for Africa

The rise of mobile and digital technology is continuing to unlock new opportunities across the African continent. This truly is the digital age for Africa and Mobile 360 Series – Africa, taking place on 11-13 July in Dar es Salaam, will showcase the power of mobile in ...

Mobile World Congress Shanghai – Final Conference Day

This is the last of three blogs looking at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai conference series. As previously discussed, the first day explores implications of advances in mobile technology and Day Two addresses the fundamentals of the digital future society. Day Three will ...

Looking forward to Shanghai

As I write this blog, our industry has just celebrated a major milestone. Last week, we signed on our 5 billionth subscriber. 5 billion mobile subscribers – that is pretty incredible, especially when you consider that we hit the 1 billion subscriber mark just over a decade ...