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Strategies for energising the data economy

The free flow of data across borders allows people to access the global range of services and permits businesses to reduce their costs and prices for customers. In the “Strategies for Energising the Data Economy” session at Ministerial Programme 2022, we brought ...

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5G opportunities and deployment disparities

The uneven deployment of 5G around the world was one of the issues discussed by panellists in the Ministerial Programme’s “State of the Industry” session, which was moderated by the GSMA’s Daniel Pataki and featured Eng. Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo (Executive Director and ...

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Ministerial Programme: Ask the regulator

One of the highlights of the Ministerial Programme at MWC Barcelona 2022 was “Ask the Regulator: Covid Learnings, New Approaches,” a panel session moderated by Ambassador David Gross (Co-Chair, Wiley Rein), featuring the heads of four national regulatory ...

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Behind the ministerial curtain at MWC Barcelona 2022

Every year, MWC Barcelona features an exclusive event-within-an-event called the Ministerial Programme where government delegations, industry regulators and representatives of international institutions converge to share their policy knowledge, to debate timely topics and to ...

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The path towards disaggregation and diversification of mobile radio access networks

A debate on the impact of open and virtualised radio access network (RAN) is currently captivating the mobile industry. As more mobile operators and governments embrace the desire to diversify the network equipment supplier ecosystem, the debate continues on the merits and ...

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Authorities should lead in addressing 5G EMF misinformation

In October this year the GSMA held its 9th EMF Forum and, for the first time, this was held virtually. A regular event in our Brussels calendar, the October 2020 forum proved an opportunity for the GSMA to review the harmonization of EMF policies, discuss the latest ...

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Unleashing 5G’s potential – Policy conditions for success

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of a digitally connected infrastructure to a healthy society and economy has never been clearer. The role that 5G will play in delivering new levels of performance and efficiency, empowering new user experiences and ...

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Certainty for EU cross-border data flows hinted at in Schrems II case may be short-lived

Those breathing a sigh of relief at the Advocate General’s opinion yesterday in the Schrems II case should hold their breath. Uncertainty clouds the horizon for the Privacy Shield and global data flows. The Advocate General (AG) to the European Court of Justice delivered his ...

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5G – Exploring the safety limits and addressing the myths

5G is the next generation of mobile technology that will transform the role of mobile connectivity in society, enabling changes in the way we live and do business. With enhanced mobile broadband, which will bring better experiences for smartphone users, 5G offers a real ...

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West Africa Policy Day: Shaping telecoms policies to encourage investment and digital inclusion

There is a quote that really resonates with me: “Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you. Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you.” Applying this mantra to the GSMA’s ongoing policy dialogue with the Economic Community of West African States ...

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The Wind of Change is Blowing – Is it time for competition policy in Europe to move forward?

I was reflecting this week on what I heard at the Ministerial Programme in MWC 19 Barcelona. Platform regulation is now firmly on the radar of policy makers – and the US emphatically announced the time for self-regulation is over as it embarks on drafting a federal privacy ...

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Is the data economy self-healing, or should economic regulation be considered?

Last month I attended the ITS Europe annual conference, “Towards a digital future: Turning technology into markets?, at the University of Trento, Italy. More than 90 academics, policy practitioners and experts discussed new scholarly papers on the digital economy over two ...

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The GSMA welcomes agreement by the EU and Japan on cross-border data flows

The GSMA welcomes the announcement by the European Commission that Japan and the European Union will formally recognise each other’s data protection systems as providing an equivalent level of protection for consumers in both markets. Sitting alongside the broader EU-Japan ...

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Africa Policy Day in Kigali, Rwanda: Discussions on data privacy

On 16 July, on the eve of GSMA Mobile 360 Series – Africa, the GSMA hosted the Africa Policy Day, following on from a similarly themed day before the Mobile 360 Series – West Africa in April. This invitation-only pre-event brought together ICT policymakers and ...

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BEREC Study Fails to Contribute Robust New Evidence on Mergers

The European regulator’s group BEREC recently entered the debate on the impact of mobile mergers by undertaking an evaluation of the most recent 4 to 3 mobile mergers in Europe (i.e. Austria, Germany and Ireland). Overall the BEREC report finds that “there is at least some ...

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The Data Value Chain: Economic drivers, opportunities and challenges

The volume of data in the world is increasing exponentially. We are at the beginning of a data revolution that is transforming the world’s economies and society.  Many organisations, regardless of industry focus, now consider data to be a strategic asset and a central source ...

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Will mobile infrastructure keep up with rising demand?

The demands on mobile infrastructure are intensifying. More consumers and enterprises rely on mobile connections to stay in touch, conduct financial transactions, navigate the internet or enable machines to connect with each other. Mobile operators continue to invest in ...

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Economic Community of West African States Annual Regional Conference 2018

On 11 April, the eve of GSMA Mobile 360 Series – West Africa, the GSMA hosted the inaugural Annual Regional Conference for Economic Community of West African States – ECOWAS. The theme of the day was to explore how government, working in partnership with industry, can ...

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The data economy – exchange of views with Europe’s enforcers and policymakers

In January 2018, as part of an on-going GSMA project to assess the dynamics of the newly emerging data economy, the GSMA held a series of meetings with Europe’s leading competition officials, policy makers and legislators to examine data’s underlying market characteristics ...

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The Three Criteria Test: It’s not all about price

Assessing the impact of a merger – or predicting the impact of a merger – is a matter of both law and practice. Authorities strive for consistency of approach with assessments generally based on an analysis of price, quality and innovation – all three contributing to a ...