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New study: ‘Mandatory SIM registration of prepaid SIM cards’

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A number of countries have mandated the registration of prepaid SIM cards – a policy that requires Mobile Operators to check and record their customers’ identity documents before selling/activating their prepaid SIM cards. The GSMA has released a new study; highlighting the ...

Africa Telecommunications Union Conference 25-28 April, Benin

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This conference focused on implementation of the outcomes of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) as well as Capacity Building on development of national broadband plans. Organised by the African Telecommunications Union in collaboration with ARCEP Benin, ...

Taxation and SIM registration in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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The GSMA travelled to Kinshasa on 11-15 April, to meet with Government stakeholders to discuss SIM registration and taxation related matters. The team presented the key findings of the recent GSMA/Deloitte report and discussed future actions to ensure mobile growth in the ...

Assessing the opportunity for mobile-enabled solutions to improve water service delivery in Nigeria

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This study is the second of a series of four reports and focuses on the potential for mobile-enabled water management solutions to improve utilities water services for piped connections in Nigeria’s urban areas. Read more

Spectrum coverage in IT News Africa: Nigeria: 2.6 GHz spectrum to pave the way for faster networks

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The GSMA Director for Africa, Mortimer Hope’s op-ed on the forthcoming 2.6 GHz auction in Nigeria ran in IT News Africa. Nigeria: 2.6 GHz spectrum to pave the way for faster networks

Etisalat picks up multiple awards during Mobile World Congress

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This year’s Mobile World Congress saw Etisalat pick up 2 Glomo Awards: “Best Mobile Innovation for Health” and “Connected Life Champion”. The Etisalat Virtual Mall was showcased as a part of the Digital Commerce stand in GSMA Innovation City and ...

Realizing the potential of mobile in Nigeria

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In February 2016, the GSMA traveled to Abuja to meet with the Hon. Minister of Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu and the EVC/CEO of the Nigerian Communication Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta. They presented  key findings of the GSMA/Deloitte report and discussed future ...

Engaging with the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), February 2016, Dakar

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The GSMA Mobile Money programme attended the  African Mobile Phone Financial Services Policy Initiative (AMPI) meetings. Emphasis was placed on the importance of public-private dialogue for the development of the mobile money ecosystem, working with regulators to encourage ...

Now launched: 2015 State of the Industry report on Mobile Money

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This cornerstone annual report continues to share the latest insights from the Mobile Money programme and delivers the key numbers to help you understand the impact and reach of mobile money. Download report

Overcome economic and financial issues to connect the unconnected in a digital converged world in Africa

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In January the GSMA attended the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Regional Economic and Financial Forum of Telecommunications/ICTs for Africa. During the Forum, the GSMA delivered two presentations on Spectrum Award Best Practice and on Impacts of regulation on ...

Bearing Point’s MFS report

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The GSMA’s Claire Scharwatt has been profiled in an interview on mobile money in MENA in Bearing Point’s MFS report. Read more

Ericsson’s Change Makers Forum

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The GSMA attended Ericsson’s Change Makers Forum on 10 January 2016 in Dubai whose speakers and delegates encompassed an array of industry leaders across the region. http://www.ericsson.com/ae/thecompany/events/change-makers-forum-2016

Sub-Saharan Africa: The world’s fastest-growing mobile region

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The number of unique mobile subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa is forecast to surpass half a billion by 2020, representing 49 per cent of the region’s population by this point. http://gsmamobileeconomy.com/ssafrica/

mNutrition Market Access in Mozambique: The Costs and Health Impacts of Mobile Messaging for Nutrition

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Download: mNutrition Market Access in Mozambique: The Costs and Health Impacts of Mobile Messaging for Nutrition

CNBC Africa Interview with the GSMA’s Director General, Anne Bouverot at Mobile 360 Series Africa 2014

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GSMA CALLS FOR RE-EVALUATION AND REDUCTION OF MOBILE-SPECIFIC TAXATION ACROSS SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

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400 Million USD of Sub-Saharan Africa’s Universal Service Funds Have Yet to be Dispersed; Surtax on International Incoming Traffic Found to Distort Price Competition and Negatively Impact Businesses and Consumers London: The GSMA today called upon governments in Sub-Saharan ...

GSMA WELCOMES OUTCOME OF ITU MEETING TO SUPPORT NEW SPECTRUM BANDS FOR MOBILE BROADBAND

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London: Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA, offered the following statement regarding the outcome of the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Joint Task Group meeting in Geneva: “At a critical ITU meeting in Geneva yesterday, governments across the globe ...

MMU’S GLOBAL ADOPTION SURVEY FOR MOBILE FINANCIAL SERVICES NOW OPEN

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Last week, MMU’s Market Intelligence team kicked off the start of the 2014 Global Adoption Survey. This survey – which covers not only global mobile money services, but also mobile insurance, credit and savings – is in its fourth year, and data collected from participants is ...

GRANT UPDATE: HNI’S NEW INFORMATION CHANNEL DESIGNED FOR WOMEN IN MADAGASCAR

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As announced in a previous blog post, HNI Madagascar has been awarded a GSMA mWomen Innovation Fund grant to further develop its 3-2-1 mobile information service with new content specifically designed for Malagasy women. GSMA mWomen recently paid a trip to Madagascar and had ...

OPERATORS TO REDUCE ROAMING COSTS ACROSS AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST

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Region’s Leading Operators Undertake Initiatives to Make Roaming Services More Affordable and to Improve International Connectivity 26 May 2014, London: The GSMA today announced that senior leaders from nine major mobile operator groups, accounting for over half a billion ...