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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

5G and new wireless technologies, what does this mean for radio frequency exposure?

There is significant interest in new applications of wireless technology with particular focus on 5G mobile technology; the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable devices. As with all wireless technologies radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) are used to provide ...

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 ...

How can Big Data help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges?

Wednesday 17 May is World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) with the theme “Big Data for Big Impact.” Jade Nester, Senior Policy Manager, GSMA, explores how Big Data can help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. This year we celebrate WTISD with ...

Embracing the Digital Revolution: Policies for Progress

The digital revolution, powered by mobile connectivity and technology innovation, has delivered far-reaching economic and social benefits to consumers, companies and countries. GSMA research shows that the mobile ecosystem alone generated 4.2% of global GDP in 2015, a ...

Safer Internet Day 2017 – United for a better internet

The GSMA is delighted to mark Safer Internet Day 2017 by building on its work and partnership with the child helpline community. Today we are adding to the growing portfolio of internet safety guides for child helpline counsellors first launched at the end of 2016, as well ...

Competition Policy in the Digital Age Case Studies from Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

Competition law and the functioning of regulation are often analysed and discussed in abstract form. Telecommunications regulatory authorities establish frameworks to facilitate competition, to protect consumers and to encourage innovation in the telecoms sector. However, ...