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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Supporting our members to rethink agricultural digitisation: Key takeaways from the mAgri Field Focus Session

The GSMA mAgri team started 2018 with the ambitious mission of hosting our first Field Focus Session dedicated to digitising agricultural value chains. The weeklong event took place in Uganda where we brought together 10 mobile operators from across Africa and South Asia and ...

Bringing water to every urban home with the power of mobile – an update on our grantee, CityTaps

In 2013, we launched the Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities Innovation Fund to trial and scale the use of mobile to improve or increase access to energy, water and sanitation services. To date, we have awarded Seed and Market Validation grants to 34 organisations in 21 ...

Insights from TechPoint Build 2018 and Nigeria’s tech ecosystem

On January 27, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team was invited to participate in TechPoint Build in Lagos, Nigeria. The event, organised by Techpoint.ng, convened start-ups, investors, tech hubs and mobile operators and other ecosystem players from across Nigeria. We took ...

Key stakeholders are coming together to digitise the last mile of agricultural value chains in Ghana

As part of a series of three country-focused reports that highlight pathways to digitising the last mile of agricultural value chains, we previously shared findings from Uganda and Côte d’Ivoire. In this blog, drawing on findings from our third report, we take a closer look ...

Millicom and the GSMA: Driving digital inclusion in Rwanda through the Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit

Read our latest guest blog post by Mohamed Dabbour, EVP Millicom Africa. Read more