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GSMA Director General, Mats Granryd, visits the Nairobi Office

The GSMA Director General, Mats Granryd, and Chief Regulatory Officer, John Giusti visited the Sub – Saharan Africa region from the 13 – 15 January to gain insights on the opportunities and challenges in Kenya and the region at large from the CEOs, Regulator, Central ...

Standardization Forum: Roadmap for 5G Implementation in Côte d’Ivoire

The 10th Telecommunications Standardization forum was held in Yammoussoukro from 18 to 20 December 2019 at the invitation of Regulation Telecommunications Authority of Côte d’Ivoire (ARTCI) focused on “Roadmap for 5G implementation ion Côte d’Ivoire”. The meeting was opened ...

CEMAC Workshop on Free Roaming

On 12 and 13 December in Douala (Cameroon), about 30 representatives from Regulatory Authorities and ICT Ministries of CEMAC countries (Cameroon, Chad, CAR, Congo, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea), ITU, UNECA, GSMA and Airtel Group, attended a workshop organized by the CEMAC to ...

National Broadband Plan for Nigeria

The Head of Sub Saharan Africa, Akinwale Goodluck, was recently selected to be a member of the Presidential Committe on the Development of the 2020-2025 National Broadband Plan for Nigeria as the previous one ( 2013-2018) came to the end of its lifetime over two years ago. ...

Child Online Protection: Consumer Awareness on Cybercrime

The Digital Bridge Institute organized a 3-day event themed around Child Online Protection, from the 15 – 17 October 2019, in Abuja, Nigeria. The workshop included presentations from the Internet Governance Forum, Cece Yara Foundation, and the Office of the National ...

Validation workshop on the National Strategy Plan in Kinshasa (DRC)

  On 3 September 2019, H.E. Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, opened the validation workshop of the new National Digital Roadmap (Plan National du Numérique). This workshop which took place in Kinshasa from 3 to 5 ...

ITU Workshop: Bridging the Digital Divide

This workshop which took place on the 14 – 16 October in Brazzzaville was organized by the ITU with the collaboration of the Congo ICT Ministry focusing on the : ‘’Bridging the digital innovation divide”. The GSMA contributed to the interactive discussions on digital ...

Huawei Global MBB Forum

The 10th Global Mobile Broadband Forum hosted by Huawei, with support from industry partners GSMA and GTI, was held on October 15 – 16 in Zurich, Switzerland. Akinwale Goodluck, Head of Sub- Saharan Africa was in attendance and spoke at the event. The event attracted ...

United Nations Economic Commission for Central Africa (UNECA) Annual Meeting

The Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts (ICE’s) 35th session took place in Malabo from 23 to 27 September 2019 at the invitation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Central Africa office in Yaoundé, Cameroon with the theme ...

4th Africa Preparatory Meeting (APM) for WRC19

This was held from 26-30 August 2019 in East London, South Africa with the main purpose being to advance the industry position on relevant agenda items such as core spectrum bands. The meeting was attended by 310 participants from: Thirty-Five (35) African countries: Benin, ...

Policy leaders Forum at Mobile 360 Series – Africa 2019

M360 Africa hosted a high-level invitation-only Policy Leaders Forum with curated sessions and unique, invitation-only activities for policymakers during the conference. The Forum featured sessions on the GSMA’s Capacity Building Programme and Mobile Industry Taxation. The ...

Airtel and MTN Launch GSMA ‘We Care’ Initiative Promoting Digital Inclusion in Rwanda

Rwanda’s mobile industry joined forces with the GSMA on 16 July, 2019 to drive mobile internet adoption and increase digital literacy in the country. At the ‘Mobile 360 Africa’ event in Kigali, the local operators, Airtel and MTN, commenced a programme of activity aimed at ...

CEO ROUNDTABLE AT THE MOBILE 360 SERIES – AFRICA

Operators from Millicom Africa, Safaricom PLC, Orange, Telkom Kenya, Airtel – Tigo Rwanda, MTN RwandaCell and MTN Group were present. The roundtable discussion was focused on 5G in Africa with a deep dive on operator digital services strategy from a global perspective. ...

CRASA Electronic Communication Committee Meeting

In line with our new strategy of engaging with the Communications Regulators’ Association of Southern Africa (CRASA), the GSMA attended the first meeting of the Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) for 2019/20, which was held from 3-5 July 2019 at the Instituto Angolano ...

The 4th Annual Sub Sahara Spectrum Management Conference

The 4th Annual Sub-Sahara Spectrum Management Conference was held in Gaborone, Botswana from 27-28 May 2019. The GSMA was part of 254 delegates in attendance from 49 different countries. The GSMA utilized the speaking opportunities to advance industry positions and share ...

World Bank Regulators Roundtable at the Transform Africa Summit, Kigali

The GSMA convened a Roundtable on 16 May to discuss various options for greater regional integration and harmonisation of regulation, policy and best practise to support the broadband objectives and infrastructure to help meet the goal of affordable internet access for all. ...

13th SteerCom of Smart Africa at the Transform Africa Summit, Kigali

This took place on 13 May and there was very good attendance by Ministers from member states and private sector members including Orange, MTN Group, Liquid/Econet, Ericsson, Huawei, Inmarsat, Tata, GVG among others. The meeting was co-chaired by Her Excellency Amani ...

Mobile Industry in Côte d’ivoire joins forces with GSMA to tackle handset theft and counterfeit devices

16 April 2019, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire: The GSMA announced today that Côte d’Ivoire’s mobile industry has come together to support a major new initiative to guard against the use of stolen or counterfeit devices. The scheme forms part of the launch of the GSMA’s ...

GSMA facilitates at CRASA Pre-AGM Seminar on Smart Society

The Communications Regulator’s Association of Southern Africa  ( CRASA) and the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority [TCRA] hosted a workshop on “Smart Societies” at the Bank of Tanzania Conference Centre, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 25 – 27 March 2019. The ...

The GSMA Sub Saharan Africa Identity Summit

The GSMA Sub Saharan Africa Identity Summit was held on 28-29 March in Johannesburg and was hosted by MTN Group Digital Services CEO at the MTN Innovation Centre. C-Level MNO executives from MTN, Vodacom, Orange, Telkom SA, Cell-C and Safaricom came together bringing 30 ...