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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 ...

Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017 – Conference Day Two

The first blog in this series looked at the conference activities on the opening day of Mobile World Congress Shanghai. This week, we examine the conference content for the second day of the conference, Thursday, 29 June. With a combination of keynote and focused summits, ...

Highlights from the second Mobile 360 – Privacy & Security event

In partnership with the City of The Hague, the GSMA held the second successful Mobile 360 – Privacy & Security event on 23-24 May, under the theme ‘Building Digital-Oriented Businesses on Trust, Security and Privacy’. The event convened speakers and attendees from across ...

Mobile industry celebrates 5 billion subscriber milestone

This month a major milestone was achieved as the GSMA Intelligence ticker flipped past 5 billion unique mobile subscribers. The milestone means that two-thirds of the global population is now connected to a mobile service – a tremendous achievement for an industry that is ...

Conference at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017

Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017 (MWCS17) is set to be the biggest Asia event yet. Under the theme of “The Human Element”, the event will be held from 28 June – 1 July, and is set to attract more than 65,000 attendees and 650 participating companies. The conference ...

GSMA Device Check powers CTIA’s Stolen Phone Checker

CTIA, the U.S wireless industry association, recently announced the launch of a new service called Stolen Phone Checker (www.stolenphonechecker.org) that helps consumers, businesses and law enforcement agencies check the status and authenticity of used or second-hand mobile ...

World Telecommunication Day: Celebrating Mobile and the SDGs

Today marks the 48th annual World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD). Established by the United Nations to recognise the creation of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), WTISD celebrates the power of telecommunication and ICT and its monumental ...

Mobile 360 – Privacy & Security: Exploring the global importance of digital privacy & security

For the second year running, the GSMA will host its Mobile 360 Series – Privacy & Security event in The Hague (23 – 24 May). Building on the success of the inaugural event, this year’s Mobile 360 – Privacy & Security is designed to bring the industry together ...

New GSMA study highlights West Africa’s rapidly growing Mobile Economy

Half of all citizens across West Africa are now mobile subscribers and millions more are forecast to sign up to mobile services by the end of the decade, according to a new GSMA study. The 15 markets that make up the West Africa region (highlighted) are the subject of the ...