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Connecting the unconnected in rural Tanzania

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The first tri-party operator national roaming agreement in Sub-Saharan Africa is now live in Tanzania #SDG 1, 5, 9 & 17. Watch the video

GSMA Marketplace informational workshop

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The GSMA coordinated an informational workshop with Jordan’s ICT association int@j on 4 April to present the GSMA Marketplace to the Jordanian and regional ICT companies. It was led by Gordon Readman who also signed a cooperation agreement with int@j CEO. Read more  

Opportunities for digitising value chain payments in Malawi

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In a recent research trip to Malawi, our mAgri team spoke to a number of agribusinesses and smallholder farmers across the country to understand their Business to Person (B2P) interactions and payment needs. Read more

Opportunities for digitizing value chain payments in Malawi

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In a recent research trip to Malawi, our mAgri team spoke to a number of agribusinesses and smallholder farmers across the country to understand their Business to Person (B2P) interactions and payment needs. ...

Are African Governments meeting the digital needs of their citizens?

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With 3.5 billion people now using the internet to perform everyday tasks, the internet also opens up huge opportunities to improve the relationship between governments, citizens and businesses. But are African Governments doing enough to provide relevant and accessible ...

The transformational role of mobile for the utilities sector

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Imagine living in a country that doesn’t have universal access to the most basic of services. Maybe you are in a city, maybe you are off the grid – you don’t have reliable electricity, or clean drinking water, even safe use of a toilet. Our Mobile for Development ...

AFI member training on new frontiers in digital financial services

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The GSMA’s Brian Muthiora participated at a public sector/private sector dialogue session on cross border mobile money in Nairobi in September, in collaboration with the Central Bank of Kenya. Financial sector regulators from 16 countries, with varying degrees of mobile ...

12th Annual Telecoms World Middle East

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The 12th Annual Telecoms World Middle East show took place on the 27-28 September in Dubai. Jawad Abbassi, GSMA Head of MENA and Acting Head of Africa, attended the event and moderated four sessions, focused on the importance of harmonized adequate spectrum and regulatory ...

Digital economy workshops in Chad

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In September the GSMA Africa team travelled to Ndjamena, Chad to deliver two workshops on the digital economy and best practice for sustainable investments in the mobile sector. Local operators and Government stakeholders agreed that the interactive workshops provided good ...

5G spectrum recommendations at 1st ATU WRC19 preparatory meeting

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The GSMA’s Head of MENA, Jawad Abbassi, along with the Africa policy team attended the 1st African Telecommunications Union (ATU) preparatory meeting for WRC19 in September in Nairobi, Kenya. We made a series of recommendations which discourage premature exclusion of any ...

Addressing concerns about radio signals for Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC)

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The GSMA’s EMF expert Dr Jack Rowley recently hosted a ‘train-the-trainer’ Capacity Building workshop for staff of the NCC, the Nigerian telecoms sector regulator. The workshop addressed human exposure limits for radio signals, application of EMF risk communication ...

Africa Institute of Remittances (AIR) Consultative and Stock Taking Workshop

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The Mobile Money programme advocated for an enabling regulatory environment at this workshop on remittances in the Africa Union on 10 August. By engaging with the 26+ country representatives, we demonstrated how, by reducing remittance costs to 3 per cent, mobile money can ...

Southern African Development Community (SADC) Workshop

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The Mobile Money programme joined key industry and regulatory stakeholders at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Workshop on 15-16 August. By participating in the regulatory, technical, operational and commercial sessions, we were able to advance the debate on ...

New commitments by operators to reduce the mobile gender gap in Africa

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The recent Mobile 360 – Africa started with exciting news from the Connected Women team, as we announced that nine further operators have signed up to the GSMA’s Connected Women Commitment Initiative. Our Director General, Mats Granryd, announced that Orange ...

Mobile contribution to Africa’s GDP

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The use of mobile technologies and services across Africa generated $153 billion in economic value last year, equivalent to 6.7 per cent of the region’s GDP. This contribution is expected to increase to $214 billion by 2020 (7.6 per cent of expected GDP) as countries ...

Development Workshop Angola: Missed Calls for Monitoring Community Water Services

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Development Workshop Angola and their technology partner SeeSaw received a Seed grant from the M4D Utilities Innovation Fund in January 2014 to test two mobile tools to drive maintenance and accountability for improved water services in Huambo, Angola. Water point caretakers ...

The Mondato Summit Africa 2016 – Building upon Mobile Money

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This summit, held on 12-13 April in Johannesburg, focused on overcoming the limitations of current mobile money services through collaboration and innovation.  The GSMA’s Gerald Rasugu presented on Scaling Mobile Money: An Ecosystem Approach, highlighting the 2015 State of ...

Network sharing in Mozambique

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The GSMA Connected Society programme expresses support for a new bill designed to amend telecoms legislation in Mozambique to oblige operators to share their infrastructure. The proposed bill is looking to enhance competition, through unified licensing, to promote ...

GSM-enabled sensors for monitoring hand pumps to improve water services in Rwanda

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Portland State University (PSU) received a grant from the M4D Utilities Innovation Fund in December 2013 to trial Sweet Sense Inc. GSM-enabled sensors for monitoring hand pump functionality in Rwanda. This case study highlights the successes and challenges during the pilot ...

GSMA mAgri hosts field focus session in Nairobi

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The GSMA mAgri team held a field focus session in Nairobi on 19-22 April. This biannual knowledge sharing event gathered over 60 programme grantees, partners and mAgri practitioners from across the globe to illustrate industry best practices, discuss common challenges and ...