Public Policy Blog


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 (ECOWAS), that we will speak […]

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 law. This brought me to stop and […]

Yonsei University – Study Trip in London and Barcelona

The GSMA recently hosted 17 post-graduate students from Yonsei University in South Korea as part of a week-long study trip. Organised by the GSMA London and Barcelona offices, the week consisted of a mix of industry visits and sessions at GSMA offices delivered by subject matter experts. The aim of this study trip was to […]

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 days. One of the most interesting themes coming out of this year’s conference was […]

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 Economic Partnership Agreement, this mutual adequacy arrangement will pave the way for creating the world’s […]

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 regulators, data protection authorities and mobile industry representatives to discuss […]

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 evidence that retail prices for new customers increased due […]

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 of innovation and economic growth. But data cannot be analysed […]

Alumni Corner: Glennert Riedel, Curaçao

Mr. Glennert Riedel is a Technical Affairs Officer for the Bureau Telecommunicatie & Post (BT&P) in Curaçao. BT&P is the local regulator for the telecommunications, postal and energy sectors and airport tariffs. Mr. Riedel has a bachelor degree in electronics from the Hogeschool Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Two of his main responsibilities at BT&P are […]

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 networks to support the growing volume of data traffic and in new technologies such as fifth-generation […]

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 create an enabling environment for the development and promotion […]

Alumni Corner: Vusani Ramadzhia, South Africa

Mr. Vusani Ronald Ramadzhia possesses over nine years’ experience in the Public Sector and Public entities. He started off his career as a Restitution Advisor (Trainee) at The Commission on Restitution of Land Rights in 2008. In 2009 he was promoted to a Senior Project Officer. The position he held until year 2013. In November […]

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 and assess the likely impact on public policy. An interesting picture is emerging […]

Alumni Corner: Anna Teresa Aguilar, The Philippines

Anna Teresa Aguilar, Planning Officer, Department of Information and Communication Technology, The Philippines 1. What made you want to take your first course? After one of my colleagues finished her course, and took another, I was determined that I would also take my first course and do my tasks here at the office at the same […]

Mobile as a Part of Gross National Happiness? Capacity Building with Policymakers in Bhutan

In December 2017, the Capacity Building team was in in Bhutan’s capital Thimphu to deliver the Mobile for Socio-Economic Development course. Bhutan has long been famed for its approach to national development, focusing not exclusively on GDP but also GNH, or the Gross National Happiness of its people. During our time with the Ministry of […]

New Capacity Building Course: Unlocking Rural Mobile Coverage

The Capacity Building programme recently delivered its newest course Unlocking Rural Mobile Coverage in two countries last week. Regulatory Specialist Genaro Cruz delivered the course to an audience of policymakers and regulators in Malaysia and Bangladesh, and provided the participants with a greater understanding of the challenges associated with the connectivity gap that exists in […]

Alumni Corner: Daniela Oropeza, Mexico

Daniela Oropza, Deputy Director in the office of the President at the Instituto Federal de Communicaciones (IFT) 1. What made you want to take your first course? Well, first I had never taken an online course before so I was eager to do it. Second, the subject of Competition Policy in the Digital Age was perfect because […]

Capacity Building partners with the Tunisian regulator to deliver training

Last month, GSMA Capacity Building and l’Instance Nationale des Télécommunications (INTT), the Tunisian telecommunications regulator, hosted a two-day training workshop in Tunis, Tunisia, on Competition Policy in the Digital Age. The 30 attendees included regulators and judges from the Tunisian Competition Council and members from the Administrative Tribunal. This course is part of a new […]

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 connectivity. RF-EMF is part of everyday life, emitted both by natural sources like the sun […]

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 determination on how any merger would impact consumer […]