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ITU Workshop: Bridging the Digital Divide

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

National Dialogue for Digital Transformation in Uganda

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Since June 2018, the GSMA has been working with partners Sida, DFID and UNDP to build a collective vision for the role of mobile in Uganda’s digital future, convening a multi-institutional Technical Working Group to input into a report highlighting opportunities and a draft ...

The impact of mobile money on monetary and financial stability in Sub-Saharan Africa

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The extent to which mobile money impacts a country’s macroeconomic and financial sector development has not been fully examined. To address this evidence gap, and provide responses to those concerns, GSMA Mobile Money and GSMA Intelligence have undertaken a study to assess ...

Uganda: Driving inclusive socio-economic progress through mobile-enabled digital transformation

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As Uganda advances its efforts focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Uganda Vision 2040, harnessing the power of mobile technology will be critical to influencing progress across all development goals. Mobile is the first among all information and ...

Identity and the Urban Poor

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In this case study, we consolidate a wide range of insights on the unique identity challenges faced by three specific types of urban dwellers: children born in urban areas, rural-urban migrants and those who have been forcibly displaced to cities (including internally ...

CEO of MTN Ghana discusses the importance of financial inclusion for women

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  Selorm Adadevoh, CEO of MTN Ghana, spoke to the GSMA’s Connected Women team at MWC Barcelona 2019 about why financial inclusion for women is an important issue for him and his organisation. He discusses what he views to be the primary challenge to closing the gender ...

GSMA profile boosted at the Extra-ordinary SADC meeting of Senior ICT officials

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This was held in Kasane, Botswana, from 19-22 March 2019 and the GSMA was represented by Fraser Graham and Kamal Tamawa. They delivered presentations and moderated a conversation that introduced the ICT Senior Officials to the Harmonised Data Protection Framework review ...