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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 ...

National Dialogue for Digital Transformation in Uganda

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

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

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

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

  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

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 ...

Launch of the Report on Digital Transformation in Tanzania

The report on Digital Transformation in Tanzania was launched on 18 March 2019 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Report highlighted the role of the mobile industry in achieving Tanzania’s Second Five Year Development Plan (FYDP II) and Tanzania Development Vision (TDV). The ...

First GSMA We Care Initiative Launches in Kenya, Focusing on Online Child Protection

Kenya’s Mobile Industry Collaborating with Government to Keep Children Safe Online 20 November 2018, Nairobi: Kenya’s mobile operators, regulator and government have come together to support a major GSMA initiative aimed at ensuring a safe online environment for children and ...

GSMA meets with Vice President of Nigeria

The GSMA Director General, Mats Granryd, the Chief Regulatory Officer, John Giusti, the Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, Akinwale Goodluck and Kamal Tamawa, Policy Manager – Spectrum, Government and Regulatory Affairs visited Nigeria to attend a meeting with His Excellency the ...

Tanzania Fraud and Abuse Prevention Workshop

This industry workshop held on 19 October 2018 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Dar es Salaam was attended by 33 participants including government officials from the Ministry of Communications, the regulator (TCRA), security agencies (National Police, Cybercrime Unit), ...

3rd ATU Preparatory Meeting for WRC-19 (APM19-3)

The GSMA was in attendance at the 3rd African Telecommunications Union (ATU) Preparatory Meeting (APM-3) for World Radiocommunication Conferences 2019 (WRC-19), in Cairo, Egypt, from 17-21 September 2018. The objectives of the APM19-3 meeting were: * Noting of ITU-R progress ...

GSMA participates in the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Spectrum Management Forum 2018

This forum was held at Intercontinental Hotel, Mauritius in Port Louis, Mauritius from the 4 – 6 September 2018. It was aimed at building the capacity of stakeholders in managing spectrum from planning and assigning to utilising and recovery as well as to help stakeholders ...

GSMA represents at ITU Telecom World, Durban

This was held on 10-13 September in Durban, South Africa. Akinwale Goodluck, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa and Jean-Francois le Bihan, Public Policy Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, Government and Regulatory Affairs represented the GSMA at the event. Mr. Goodluck delivered a ...

New taxes on mobile money and social media usage in Uganda

In July 2018, the Government of Uganda introduced two new excise tax specifically targeted at mobile services – a 1% excise tax on all Mobile Money transactions, and a UGX200 (or approx. $0.05) per user per day of access on Over the Top Services (OTTs). The excise duty rate ...

Annual CEO Roundtable

In July, the fifth edition of Mobile 360 Africa took place under the theme of ‘Forging a Better Future for African Citizens’ which focused on two key drivers of digital adoption: the people and the technology. We hosted our annual CEO Roundtable in collaboration with B-Team ...

Kigali hosts GSMA’s M360 Africa 2018

For the first time ever, this year on 17-19 July Mobile 360 – Africa took place in Kigali, Rwanda – a country sculpting a strong national identity around harnessing the collective power of the youth – and convened over 840 attendees to connect and network with the brightest ...