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The Global Telecom Tower Esco Market: Overview of the global market for energy to telecom towers in off-grid and bad-grid areas

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Friday 19 Dec 2014 | 2014 | Environmental Sustainability | Global | Research & Reports | Rural Network Coverage |

By 2020, an estimated 390,000 telecom towers will be deployed in off-grid locations, and 790,000 towers will be deployed in bad-grid locations. This will result in an annual diesel expense of about $19 billion and GHG emission of about ...

European mobile network operator mergers: A regulatory assessment

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Monday 8 Dec 2014 | 2014 | Competition Policy | Europe | Research & Reports |

This briefing report has been produced by Frontier Economics at the request of the GSMA. It summarises the key findings of a longer report, 'Assessing the case for in-country mobile consolidation', which the GSMA will publish in May ...

Jon Fredrik Baksaas speaks on children’s rights (video)

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Thursday 20 Nov 2014 | 2014 | Child Online Protection | Children and Mobile Technology | Global | Video |

The 20 November 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the UN CRC. To mark this occasion, Jon Fredrik Baksaas, Chairman of the GSMA and CEO of Telenor Group, recorded this video on the rights of a child...

Government intervention in the South African broadband market

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Thursday 25 Sep 2014 | 2014 | Case Study | Digital Inclusion | Research & Reports | Rural Network Coverage | Sub-Saharan Africa | Universal Service Funds |

Frontier Economics has been commissioned by the GSMA to produce a report considering the current situation in the South African broadband market. In particular, the South African Government has set ambitious targets for broadband ...

Assessing the case for Single Wholesale Networks in mobile communications

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Wednesday 17 Sep 2014 | 2014 | Competition Policy | Digital Inclusion | Global | Research & Reports | Rural Network Coverage |

Policymakers in a number of countries are proposing to establish a single wholesale network (SWN) instead of relying upon competing mobile networks to deliver 4G mobile broadband services in their country. These proposals often ...

Surtaxes on International Incoming Traffic in Africa

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Tuesday 16 Sep 2014 | 2014 | Digital Inclusion | Research & Reports | Sub-Saharan Africa | Taxation |

The report studies the effects of the Surtax on International Incoming Traffic (SIIT) in six countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and on regional integration. The report findings are in line with a recent similar publication from the ...

Sub-Saharan Africa – Universal Service Fund study

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Monday 1 Sep 2014 | 2014 | Digital Inclusion | Research & Reports | Sub-Saharan Africa | Taxation | Universal Service Funds |

The Sub-Saharan Africa Universal Service Fund (USF) study finds that USFs in the region do not appear to be the most appropriate mechanism for providing universal access and service, and to furthering social and economic improvement in ...

LTE Technology and Health

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Tuesday 24 Jun 2014 | 2014 | Brochure | EMF and Health | EMF and Mobile Networks | EMF Policy | EMF Science | Global |

Mobile broadband typically refers to providing customers with high speed data while on the move. There are several technologies capable of delivering commercial Mobile Broadband services. The GSMA has produced this brief to describe ...

Children’s use of mobile phones: A special report 2014

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Sunday 1 Jun 2014 | 2014 | Child Online Protection | Children and Mobile Technology | Global | mYouth | Research & Reports |

Children’s use of mobile phones – A special report 2014 provides a detailed comparison of children’s mobile phone and internet usage in Japan with that in seven European countries – Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, ...

eWaste in Latin America 2014

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Friday 16 May 2014 | 2014 | Environmental Sustainability | Latin America & the Caribbean | Research & Reports |

The widespread use of electronic devices such as personal computers, television sets, radios, mobile phones, tablets and routers causes e-waste to pile up as these products reach the end of their life cycle. According to the United ...

Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection: Mobile Operators’ Version

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Sunday 13 Apr 2014 | 2014 | Child Online Protection | Children and Mobile Technology | Global | Guidelines | Mobile Alliance | mYouth |

The GSMA has collaborated with UNICEF and the ITU to produce these guidelines on Child Online Protection.

Arbitrary Radio Frequency exposure limits: Impact on 4G network deployment

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Monday 31 Mar 2014 | 2014 | Case Study | EMF and Health | EMF and Mobile Networks | EMF Policy | Europe | Research & Reports |

The GSMA welcomes the adoption of harmonised, Electromagnetic Fields/Radio Frequency (EMF/RF) exposure limit policies based on the international guidelines. In Europe exposure to electromagnetic fields is governed on the basis of the ...

Case Study: Warid Pakistan expects to save more than US$6 million per year after trialling energy efficiency solutions

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Monday 24 Mar 2014 | 2014 | Case Study | Environmental Sustainability | Middle East and North Africa |

Cascadiant, Warid Telecom and the GSMA collaborated to perform a MEE Optimisation project in Pakistan in 2013. The project was conducted on ten cell sites across various geographies in Pakistan, and the technical solutions were ...

Mobile Phones and Driving: Tips for Drivers

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Friday 14 Mar 2014 | 2014 | EMF and Health | Global | Guidelines |

The GSMA has produced the document Mobile Phones and Driving: Tips for Drivers as a public safety awareness measure.

Preventing mobile payments services from being misused to monetise child sexual abuse content

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Saturday 1 Mar 2014 | 2014 | Child Online Protection | Children and Mobile Technology | Global | Mobile Alliance | Research & Reports |

The GSMA’s Mobile Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Content works to keep mobile services hostile to those wishing to consume or profit from child sexual abuse content (CSAC). This report contains research on current levels of misuse ...

Mobile Privacy: Consumer research insights and considerations for policymakers

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Friday 21 Feb 2014 | 2014 | Data Protection | Global | Mobile Apps | Privacy | Research & Reports |

The GSMA has been working closely with its members to proactively address key mobile privacy challenges and, as part of this, commissioned this global research study on more than 11,500 mobile users across 8 markets: Brazil, Colombia, ...

Mobile taxes and fees: A toolkit of principles and evidence

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Saturday 1 Feb 2014 | 2014 | Digital Inclusion | Global | Research & Reports | State of the Industry and Trends | Taxation |

This report considers the consistency of mobile taxation policies with established best practice principles by examining the mobile taxation burden and its impact across 19 countries. Across these 19 markets, over USD 3 in every USD 10 ...

Base Station Planning Permission in Europe

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Saturday 7 Dec 2013 | 2013 | EMF and Health | EMF and Mobile Networks | EMF Policy | Europe | Research & Reports |

Mobile network antenna sites need to be located close to where people want to use their phones to access voice and data services. Requirements and conditions that operators face in order to be granted a permit for a network antenna vary largely from one...

Summary of IARC Monograph on Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields

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Friday 20 Sep 2013 | 2013 | EMF and Health | EMF Science | Global | Research & Reports |

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monograph (volume 102) for Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields (RF-EMF) was published in April 2013. It represents the views and expert opinions of an IARC Working Group (IARC ...

Research into mobile users privacy attitudes: Key findings from Malaysia and Indonesia

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Wednesday 28 Aug 2013 | 2013 | Asia Pacific and Greater China | Data Protection | Mobile Apps | Privacy | Research & Reports |

This paper presents key findings from a GSMA consumer research study on mobile users' privacy attitudes in Malaysia and Indonesia. The research examines user privacy concerns and how they influence their attitudes towards the mobile ...

Children’s use of mobile phones: An international comparison 2013

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Saturday 1 Jun 2013 | 2013 | Child Online Protection | Children and Mobile Technology | Global | mYouth | Research & Reports |

Children’s use of mobile phones – An international comparison 2013 provides a detailed picture of children’s mobile phone behaviour in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The GSMA and NTT docomo’s Mobile Society Research ...

International roaming explained – Arab World

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Wednesday 1 May 2013 | 2013 | Brochure | Middle East and North Africa | Roaming |

The Arab World's mobile market is rapidly expanding, both in subscriber numbers and traffic. Roaming services, however, are still emerging. Countries within the region are in different stages of economic development, with significant ...

Mobile Networks Are Necessary to Deliver a Better Connected World

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Monday 29 Apr 2013 | 2013 | EMF and Health | EMF and Mobile Networks | EMF Policy | Global | Infographics | Video |

Mobile networks must continue to grow and develop in response to the growth of connections and mobile data: 6.6 billion mobile connections. 45 % of the world’s population use mobile communications. ...

Research into mobile users’ privacy attitudes: Key findings from Colombia

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Tuesday 23 Apr 2013 | 2013 | Data Protection | Latin America & the Caribbean | Mobile Apps | Privacy | Research & Reports |

These documents present the key findings from a GSMA consumer research study on mobile users' privacy attitudes in Colombia. The research examines user privacy concerns and how they influence their attitudes towards the mobile internet ...

Electromagnetic Spectrum Interactive Presentation

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Friday 5 Apr 2013 | 2013 | EMF and Health | EMF Science | Global | Presentation | Video |

The electromagnetic spectrum is the range of all types of electromagnetic energy: electric and magnetic fields moving together through space. There are both natural and artificial sources of electromagnetic energy. For example, both ...

Universal Service Fund Study

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Monday 1 Apr 2013 | 2013 | Digital Inclusion | Global | Research & Reports | Taxation | Universal Service Funds |

This report examines 64 Universal Service Funds, how they are currently meeting their objectives and what mobile’s role is in delivering universal service and access. It concludes that most funds are not achieving their stated goal of ...

Mobile Money: Enabling regulatory solutions

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Thursday 28 Feb 2013 | 2013 | Global | Mobile Money | Research & Reports |

The aim of this paper is to provide a useful tool for regulators and mobile money providers to engage more effectively. It elaborates on commonly held positions in the mobile industry relating to key policy and regulatory issues, ...

Accountability Framework for the Implementation of the GSMA Privacy Design Guidelines for Mobile App Development

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Friday 25 Jan 2013 | 2013 | Data Protection | Global | Guidelines | Mobile Apps | Privacy |

The GSMA and its members have been working on a mobile privacy initiative to address consumer privacy concerns and foster confidence and trust for mobile users. Following on from the GSMA's Mobile Privacy Principles and Privacy Design ...

Case study: Digicel Jamaica deploys next generation power saving software technology to cut radio access network costs

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Thursday 24 Jan 2013 | 2013 | Case Study | Environmental Sustainability | Latin America & the Caribbean |

Serving two million customers, Digicel Jamaica is the flagship Digicel franchise in the Caribbean region. The company has committed itself to reducing energy costs and slashing its carbon footprint, taking numerous steps to become a ...

Research into mobile users’ privacy attitudes: Key findings from Mexico

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Friday 23 Nov 2012 | 2012 | Data Protection | Latin America & the Caribbean | Mobile Apps | Privacy | Research & Reports |

These documents present the key findings from a GSMA consumer research study on mobile users' privacy attitudes in Mexico. The research examines user privacy concerns and how they influence their attitudes towards the mobile internet ...

Research into mobile users’ privacy attitudes: Key findings from Brazil

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Friday 23 Nov 2012 | 2012 | Data Protection | Latin America & the Caribbean | Mobile Apps | Privacy | Research & Reports |

These documents present the key findings from a GSMA consumer research study on mobile users' privacy attitudes in Brazil. The research examines user privacy concerns and how they influence their attitudes towards the mobile internet ...

Impact of exclusion zones policies on siting base stations: Australian case study analysis

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Tuesday 20 Nov 2012 | 2012 | Asia Pacific and Greater China | Case Study | EMF and Health | EMF and Mobile Networks | EMF Policy | Research & Reports |

This report presents the results of a modeling analysis of the impacts of planning-based exclusion zones on the ability to site mobile communication base stations. In the context of mobile communications infrastructure deployment ...

What Is the Impact of Mobile Telephony on Economic Growth?

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Thursday 1 Nov 2012 | 2012 | Digital Inclusion | Global | Research & Reports | Taxation |

The report ‘What Is the Impact of Mobile Telephony on Economic Growth?’ provides the first estimates of the impact of mobile data usage on GDP growth in developed and developing markets. The report draws from research of data usage and ...

Case study: Vodafone Romania implements innovative energy saving technology

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Tuesday 23 Oct 2012 | 2012 | Case Study | Environmental Sustainability | Europe |

Since 2006 Vodafone Romania has been closely managing its energy consumption and purchasing policy. At the end of 2011, it decided to implement a free cooling system that was particularly innovative. In one building alone this system ...

Mobile Phones and Male Fertility

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Thursday 20 Sep 2012 | 2012 | Brochure | EMF and Health | EMF and Mobile Devices | EMF Science | Global |

Several research studies from fertility clinics around the world have claimed to have observed effects associated with mobile phones on various markers of male fertility including sperm count, vitality, motility and morphology. ...

Case study: Telstra achieves A$1.5 million in mobile network energy savings

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Monday 17 Sep 2012 | 2012 | Asia Pacific and Greater China | Case Study | Environmental Sustainability |

Over the past two years, Australian operator Telstra has implemented mobile energy efficiency initiatives across its network, resulting in annual cost savings of A$ 1.5 million and carbon emission reductions of 6,700 TCO2e. With its ...

Case study: Telefónica Uruguay cuts €4.2 million off its network energy bill with free cooling

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Saturday 8 Sep 2012 | 2012 | Case Study | Environmental Sustainability | Latin America & the Caribbean |

Since 2002, Telefónica Uruguay has rolled out a series of energy efficiency initiatives across its network, resulting in cumulative cost savings of € 4.2 million at 2012 prices and carbon emission reductions of 10,900 TCO2e, as part of ...

International roaming explained – Africa

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Saturday 1 Sep 2012 | 2012 | Brochure | Roaming | Sub-Saharan Africa |

Africa continues to be the fastest growing mobile market in the world. Roaming services, however, are still emerging. Countries within the region are in different stages of economic development, with significant differences in ...

International roaming explained – Latin America

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Tuesday 14 Aug 2012 | 2012 | Brochure | Latin America & the Caribbean | Roaming |

In Latin America the mobile environment is growing, both in subscribers and data traffic; however, roaming services are still emerging. Latin American countries are in different stages of economic development, with significant ...

International roaming explained – Asia Pacific

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Friday 10 Aug 2012 | 2012 | Asia Pacific and Greater China | Brochure | Roaming |

The mobile environment is growing in the Asia Pacific region, both in subscribers and data traffic. Roaming services, however, are still being established. The Asia Pacific mobile market is evolving in different ways to other parts of the world...

Overview of International Mobile Roaming

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Monday 25 Jun 2012 | 2012 | Brochure | Global | Roaming |

This information paper provides an overview of the basic facts about the operation and economics of international mobile roaming (IMR) to inform the dialogue between policymakers, regulators and industry on matters related to ...

Mobile’s Green Manifesto

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Wednesday 20 Jun 2012 | 2012 | Environmental Sustainability | Global | Research & Reports |

Mobile’s Green Manifesto 2012 outlines the positive impact of the operator initiatives in energy and carbon management. An update on the 2009 report, it highlights the initial results from the GSMA’s Mobile Energy Efficiency (MEE) ...

Mobile operator contribution to notice and take down in the context of illegal child sexual abuse content

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Saturday 2 Jun 2012 | 2012 | Child Online Protection | Children and Mobile Technology | Europe | Mobile Alliance | Research & Reports |

The objective of this paper is demonstrate that the European members of the Mobile Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Content have processes in place to deal with the removal of illegal content that may be hosted on their ...

Children’s use of mobile phones: An international comparison 2012

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Friday 1 Jun 2012 | 2012 | Child Online Protection | Children and Mobile Technology | Global | mYouth | Research & Reports |

Children’s use of mobile phones – An international comparison 2012 provides a detailed picture of children’s mobile phone usage across five different countries – Chile, Egypt, India, Indonesia and Japan. The GSMA and NTT ...

Femtocells and Health

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Monday 23 Apr 2012 | 2012 | Brochure | EMF and Health | EMF Science | Global |

This brochure has been designed to answer questions you may have about femtocells. We have all read or heard about concerns raised from time to time regarding the safe use of radio waves and wireless communications equipment. The ...

Case study: Telefónica Germany identifies €1.8 million per year of energy savings with GSMA Mobile Energy Efficiency Optimisation pilot

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Sunday 8 Apr 2012 | 2012 | Case Study | Environmental Sustainability | Europe |

Telefónica was keen to improve its ranking in Mobile Energy Efficiency Benchmarking. It became the first mobile network operator to sign up to the GSMA’s MEE Optimisation service, leveraging the combined expertise of the GSMA and Nokia ...

Privacy Design Guidelines for Mobile Application Development

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Wednesday 1 Feb 2012 | 2012 | Data Protection | Global | Guidelines | Mobile Apps | Privacy |

Following a GSMA review of existing mobile operating systems (OS) and application security frameworks, and after discussions with industry players and application developers, it became clear that there is an inconsistent approach to ...

Children’s use of mobile phones: An international comparison 2011

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Tuesday 22 Nov 2011 | Child Online Protection | Children and Mobile Technology | Global | mYouth | Research & Reports |

The Children’s use of mobile phones — An international comparison 2011 report provides a detailed picture of mobile phone use by children from the age of eight to 18, following research conducted with more than 3,500 pairs of ...

Global Mobile Tax Review 2011

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Sunday 20 Nov 2011 | Digital Inclusion | Global | Research & Reports | State of the Industry and Trends | Taxation |

This global tax benchmark reviewed the application of tax to the mobile sector for 111 countries. The report found that the average increase in tax, as a proportion of mobile usage costs, rose by over one per cent from 16.9 in 2007 to ...

Research into user perspectives on mobile privacy: Key findings from UK, Spain and Singapore

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Friday 23 Sep 2011 | Data Protection | Global | Mobile Apps | Privacy | Research & Reports |

This document presents the key findings from a GSMA consumer research study on mobile users' privacy attitudes in UK, Spain and Singapore. The research examines user privacy concerns and how they influence their attitudes towards the ...

Mobile taxation – Surcharges on international incoming traffic

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Saturday 17 Sep 2011 | Digital Inclusion | Research & Reports | Sub-Saharan Africa | Taxation |

A new type of tax, a surtax on international inbound call termination or SIIT, has emerged in popularity in Africa. This tax centrally fixes the prices that operators can charge when terminating international inbound calls, which ...

Mobile telephony and taxation in Kenya

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Thursday 15 Sep 2011 | Case Study | Digital Inclusion | Research & Reports | Sub-Saharan Africa | Taxation |

Since the Kenyan government’s abolition of the VAT on handset sales, mobile penetration has increased from 50 per cent to 70 per cent. The mobile industry is a significant contributor to Kenya’s economy, contributing more than KES 400 ...

GSMA Position Supporting the Regional Front to Combat the Theft of Mobile Terminal Equipment

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Friday 12 Aug 2011 | Latin America & the Caribbean | Mobile Device Theft | Policy Position |

The ability to remain connected is highly valued. Unfortunately, there are people who play on the aspirations of those who don’t yet own a mobile phone, or others who would like a cut-price upgrade, by feeding a black market in ...

Children’s use of mobile phones and personal relationships: An international comparison 2010

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Tuesday 22 Jun 2010 | Child Online Protection | Children and Mobile Technology | Global | mYouth | Research & Reports |

In 2009, NTT Docomo’s Mobile Society Research Institute and the GSMA jointly conducted an international research study examining the ways in which children communicate through mobile phones, and the role that the mobile phone – a ...

Implications for Mobile Communications Infrastructure of Arbitrary Radio Frequency Exposure Limits

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Tuesday 1 Jun 2010 | EMF and Health | EMF and Mobile Networks | EMF Policy | EMF Science | Global | Research & Reports |

Public concern over the deployment of this infrastructure in some countries has led to the adoption of arbitrary restrictions, such as lower national exposure limits. These restrictions are not based on a clear scientific rationale ...

Children’s Use of Mobile Phones: An International Comparison 2009

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Sunday 22 Mar 2009 | Child Online Protection | Children and Mobile Technology | Global | mYouth | Research & Reports |

The GSMA and NTT docomo’s Mobile Society Research Institute have partnered on a research project to investigate children’s use of mobile services around the world. This is the first research report resulting from this project. To ...

Mobile Spam Code of Practice

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Friday 7 Apr 2006 | Brochure | Global | Spam |

The Mobile Spam Code of Practice is a new initiative from the GSMA and its member operators. It has been devised to protect the secure and trusted environment of mobile services to ensure customers receive minimal amounts of spam sent ...