Thursday November 30, 2023

Digital Inclusion for All: Session highlights from MWC Kigali

Person looking at mobile phone smiling, light is reflecting on face in dark room

Sub-Saharan Africa has experienced continual improvement in mobile broadband penetration and as such the coverage gap has steadily reduced year on year. The majority of the unconnected live in areas covered by a mobile broadband network and face other barriers that are preventing them from going online. The unconnected are also disproportionately women, rural, poorer and less educated.

At MWC Kigali 2023 we hosted a session that explored what can be done to drive increased digital inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa and ensure everyone has the opportunity to benefit from mobile internet connectivity. In this session we shared key insights from the State of Mobile Internet Connectivity Report 2023, including the latest data on mobile internet coverage, usage and gender gaps in Sub-Saharan Africa, along with insights on the barriers that are preventing people from accessing and using mobile internet. The audience also heard from our partners as they reflected on the findings and shared their strategies to get more people online.

On this page you’ll find key highlights from some of our speakers, including:

  • Hon. Mrs Paula Ingabire, Minister of ICT and Innovation, Rwanda
  • Grace Cramer, Portfolio Lead, Tech & Innovation Unit, FCDO
  • Claire Sibthorpe, Head of Digital Inclusion, GSMA
  • Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Secretary General, ITU

Hon. Mrs Paula Ingabire (1)

Hon. Mrs Paula Ingabire (2)

Grace Cramer

Claire Sibthorpe

Doreen Bogdan-Martin

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