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GSMA participates in the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Spectrum Management Forum 2018

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

SADC ICT Sub-Committee commits to facilitating 5G Trials in SADC

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The SADC ICT Sub-Committee (SCOM) meeting was held in Gaborone, Botswana, between 4-6 July 2018. The meeting convened ICT Ministry Permanent Secretaries and Senior Officials from member states. It was aimed at preparing records and recommendations for the SADC ICT Ministers ...

GSMA advocacy produces spectrum trading guidelines in Nigeria

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In May 2018 the Nigerian Communications Commisssion (NCC) published new regulatory guidelines that now facilitate the trading and sharing of spectrum in Nigeria. The GSMA was actively involved in the development of the work that culminated in these guidelines which now allow ...

Understanding West Africa’s mobile economy

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Mobile adoption has grown rapidly in West Africa in recent years, helped by the expansion of mobile networks to undeserved communities and the increasing affordability of services and device costs.  Akinwale Goodluck, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, shares some insights on the ...

GSMA advocacy for Tanzania spectrum auction

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The GSMA has for a long time been carrying out advocacy work in Tanzania to influence auctioning of spectrum by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) and played a key role in the recent development of the auction of 700 MHz spectrum on 8 June. This ...

Preparatory meetings for national dialogue in Uganda

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In the week of 11 – 15 June 2018, the GSMA was in Uganda to meet with stakeholders and kick-start a series of activities towards a National Dialogue. The visit also coincided with a stakeholder engagement on Policy issues. The GSMA met with local operators and, in ...

25th Meeting of the East African Communications Organization (EACO) Assemblies

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This was held in Nairobi, Kenya on 11-15 June, 2018. The aim of the meeting was to provide a platform for sharing experiences on emerging technologies in the East Africa region and to also discuss the impact of those experiences on ICT policies. EACO comprises of key ICT ...

Meet our portfolio start-ups: Twiga Foods, Kenya

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This blog post was co-authored by Samuel Ajadi and Peter Ndichu. Agriculture accounts for over a quarter of Kenya’s GDP (or around half if other related sectors are included). Over 75 per cent of the country’s population makes some part of their living from agriculture. ...

Spectrum Roadmap Project

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On 17 May, 2018, the GSMA met the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) in Egypt. The discussion focused on the Spectrum Roadmap Project. The advocacy win from the GSMA was based on comparing the amount of spectrum released by Egypt with that released by ...

Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development

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This coincided with the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, Rwanda and was co-hosted by His Excellency President Paul Kagame and Mats Granryd, Director General of GSMA. The two-day event focused on global internet connectivity, vulnerable countries, epidemic preparedness, ...

The Transform Africa Summit 2018

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  Mats Granryd, Director General GSMA attended the Transform Africa Summit this year in Kigali, Rwanda. Besides participating in the Broadband Commission meeting, he also took part in a panel during the summit titled: Digital Identity, Connectivity and Regulators. ...

Creating a #BetterFuture: How the mobile industry is building better businesses

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At Mobile World Congress 2018, mobile industry leaders came together to share our vision with the world. This video highlights the importance of sustainability and responsible leadership in successful business practices through the perspective of our leaders and UN partners. ...

International Girls in ICT Day 2018

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International Girls in ICT Day is an ITU initiative aiming to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of ICTs, enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female ...

Orange Digital Ventures launched a €50 million African corporate venture fund to stay at the helm of Africa’s mobile revolution

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Following our work on mobile operator-led corporate venture capital funds and the publication of our report, ‘Start-ups and Mobile in Emerging Markets: Insights from the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator, Issue #2’, Grégoire de Padirac, Investment Manager, Orange Digital Ventures ...

GSMA OPENS NEW REGIONAL OFFICE IN NAIROBI

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15 March 2018, Nairobi: The GSMA today announced that it has opened new offices at the Delta Annexe, Westlands, Nairobi. Located in the heart of Nairobi’s commercial district, the offices will enable the GSMA to work even more closely with its members and other ...

Webinar – Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby: Best practices from one of the largest mHealth services in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby (HPHB) is a mobile health text-messaging service available across four major mobile network operators (MNOs) in Tanzania – Airtel, Tigo, Vodacom and Zantel. The service delivers localised, timely and tailored nutrition and health content to ...