Regional Government Engagement

Regional Government Engagement

Join GSMA at Mobile 360 – Africa in Kigali on 15-18 July 2019 to engage with mobile industry experts, featuring the concentrated Policy Leaders Forum on 15 July, to focus attention on the topical policy and regulatory issues on the way to Digital Africa. GSMA invites you to experience a tailored agenda complete with disruptive, provocative, and inspirational discussions on Africa’s digital rise.

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Meet Industry Leaders at GSMA’s Largest Event in Africa

Mobile 360 – Africa welcomes an array of ministers, telecom regulators, data protection authorities, identity authorities, and senior representatives from international organisations to discuss the fast emerging Digital Citizen.

Policymakers and Organisations from across Africa and the World


Government Delegations in 2018 included:
Algeria | Botswana | Burkina Faso | Congo | Congo DRC | Egypt | Equatorial Guinea | Gabon | Ghana | Guinea | India | Kenya | Kingdom of Eswatini | Madagascar | Malawi | Mali | Morocco | Mozambique | Nigeria | Oman | Rwanda | Sao Tome and Principe | Senegal | Sierra Leone | South Africa | Tanzania | Uganda | United Kingdom | United States

International Organisations in 2018 included:
A4AI | African Development Bank | African Telecommunications Union (ATU) | African Union | African Union Commission | BCEAO | Eastern African Communications Organization (EACO) | SMART Africa | UN | UN – OCHA | UN – UNCDF | UN – UNDP | UN – UNHCR | UN – UNICEF | UN – WFP | UN – World Bank Group

Policy Leaders Forum
(Invitation only)

Alongside the main conference agenda, the GSMA Regional Government Engagement team has curated a full range of exclusive sessions dedicated to policymakers with a focus on the major challenges that governments are facing when building the regulatory environment for the digitalised Africa.


Monday 15 July Tuesday 16 July Wednesday 17 July Thursday 18 July
Policy Leaders Forum*
*Invitation only
Mobile 360 – Africa Conference Mobile Money Leadership Forum
Committed to Digital Africa Digital is here. Now what? Future Lives Embracing platform economy in Africa and beyond
12:00 – 13:00
Welcome and registration
Including coffee and light lunch
*Invitation only
09:15 – 10:30
Technology for the future
Selected conference session
09:15 – 10:30
Does a culture of equality drive innovation?
Selected conference session
09:30 – 10:00
Evolution of the mobile money industry: From basics to payments as a platform
Mobile Money Programme session
13:00 – 14:00
Policy Leaders Forum Opening
*Invitation only
11:15 – 12:30
A new chapter of connectivity for Africa
Selected conference session
11:15 – 12:30
City of the Future
Immersive VR experience
*Invitation only
11:15 – 12:30
Fake News and Future Media: Fact or Fiction?
Conference session
10:00 – 11:00
Empowering MSMEs and entrepreneurs to thrive in the digital economy
Mobile Money Programme session
14:00 – 15:30
Capacity Building
*Invitation only
12:30 – 14:00
Networking Lunch
Collaboration space for policy leaders and C-level representatives of MNOs and wider ecosystem
12:30 – 14:00
Networking Lunch
Collaboration space for policy leaders and C-level representatives of MNOs and wider ecosystem
11:00 – 11:30
Networking Break
15:30 – 16:00
Networking Break
16:00 – 18:00
The Future of Taxation for the Digital Citizen
*Invitation only
14:00 – 15:30
Awarding spectrum to improve mobile connectivity*
*Invitation only
14:00 – 15:30
Who can you trust?
Conference session
14:00 – 17:30
Fraud Management Workshop
*Invitation only
14:00 – 15:15
A FinTech revolution: Power to the people
Conference session
11:30 – 12:30
Strategic co-opetition: the value of partnerships in the platform era
Mobile Money Programme session
19:00 – 22:00
City of the Future VIP Reception**
*Invitation only
**Limited seating, transfer provided
15:30 – 17:00
Cybersecurity and Cross border data flows in the Mobile Industry
Selected side session
16:15 – 17:30
Mind the gap: Technology, skills & the modern consumer
Selected conference session
16:15 – 17:30
Do citizens need a digital city?
Selected conference session
12:30 – 13:00
A peek into the future: an average day in the life of a mobile money user
Mobile Money Programme session


Fraud & Abuse Prevention

Wednesday, 17 July
14:00 – 17:30
Learn the government and mobile operator perspectives, priorities, and approaches to fraud and abuse prevention in the mobile sector, what type of fraud and abuse is affecting the mobile sector in Africa, and what are some of GSMA’s activities on fraud and security management.


As the ICT industry continues to develop at a rapid pace, and new ways in which digital technology facilitates efficient and economically beneficial critical communications are continuously being devised. Privacy and security of our interaction with digital communications technology are consequently becoming ever more critical. Fraud and Abuse therefore becomes a key area of concern. It has been noted that Fraud and Abuse is affecting the mobile sector in the East African region.

What are some of GSMA’s activities on fraud and security management? What type of fraud and abuse is affecting the mobile sector in our region. What is the government and mobile operator perspective, priorities and approach to fraud and abuse prevention in the mobile sector?

Express your interest in attending sending an email to policyevents@gsma.com

Capacity Building

Join us for a free taster session of Leveraging Mobile to Achieve SDG targets. This short session will give you a glimpse of the content and the learning experience available with our full courses. Our courses are designed to help policymakers and regulators keep pace with the latest industry developments through tuition-free training courses that highlight examples of regulatory best practice.


The Capacity Building programme offers an extensive range of free training courses for policymakers and regulators. Since the programme’s launch in 2013, it has rapidly established itself as a leader in specialist telecoms regulatory training. The programme offers a range of courses covering core topics such as spectrum and internet of things to emerging topics such as 5G and climate change.

We offer all of our courses tuition free, online and face-to-face throughout the year. Join us for a taster session of Leveraging Mobile to Achieve SDG Targets for a sample of our training and to find out more about how you can register for our one of our courses.

Our course catalogue

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The Future of Taxation for the Digital Citizen

Discover policy best practice and commercial innovation to help make mobile services more affordable.


In Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), 44% of the population subscribed to a mobile service at the end of 2018, while in 2017 the industry contributed $14bn to public funding and 3 million jobs were supported by the mobile ecosystem. However, a lack of affordability of mobile services means some 570 million people in the region remain without access to the mobile internet. Currently 1 GB of data represents 37% of income, this is 18x the affordability target set out by the UN of 1 GB for 2% monthly income. Tax policy can serve as an instrument to enhance digital connectivity by connecting new areas and addressing the affordability issue.

City of the Future

Explore how policy decisions impact the future of the cities and their citizens.


At Mobile 360 – Africa, delegates have the opportunity to experience GSMA’s City of the Future – in virtual reality. In this virtual city you will experience the powerful influence of mobile and the way it helps to shape our world. The policy decisions you make have an immediate impact, bringing visible change to the city and the lives of its citizens.

The GSMA’s virtual reality experience exclusively addresses what you can do to accelerate the roll-out of 5G. Our full 360 web platform explores additional issues including 5G, spectrum assignment, connectivity and privacy.

For a sneak preview of the virtual reality experience click here and you can explore the entire city at www.cityofthefuture.gsma.com

Awarding spectrum to improve mobile connectivity

How mobile spectrum is assigned and managed has a profound impact on the cost, quality and reach of mobile broadband and IoT services in Africa. When governments and regulators get it right, they can catalyse the growth of their digital economies, provide a platform for innovation and transform the lives of their citizens. This session will examine regulatory best practice for assigning mobile spectrum – and ensuring licences are technology neutral – with a view to improving and expanding mobile connectivity in Africa.


Session flow

14.00 – 14.20: Improving mobile services using technology neutrality
Technology neutral spectrum licensing is vital to improving and widening access to mobile broadband and IoT. It empowers mobile operators to quickly and easily upgrade their networks in line with market demand. This session will present highlights from the GSMA’s latest research into technology neutrality as a policy tool to improve access advanced mobile services.

14.20 – 14.40: Awarding spectrum with a focus on improved mobile services
The session will investigate how to assign spectrum to mobile operators in a way that supports the interests of consumers and improved access to mobile broadband services. It will address legitimate goals for spectrum awards and how to most efficiently assign spectrum without distorting the mobile market or leading to unintended outcomes for consumers.

14.40 – 15.30 Panel Discussion: Assigning mobile spectrum for the benefit of all – lessons from Africa
The panel will discuss the impact of spectrum assignment and licensing practices on the quality and coverage and cost of mobile services in Africa. The session will open with a short presentation on a successful recent spectrum award in the region and lift the lid on how it was achieved.


Building the foundation for the future of mobile
Our mission is facilitate access to high-speed, high-quality mobile broadband services to connect everyone and everything to a better future. We work with operators, regulators and international organisations to advocate for timely, affordable and fair access to a sufficient amount of spectrum. Without well organised spectrum auctions and appropriate pricing structures, none of the socio-economic benefits mobile networks so abundantly offer would be possible.

Spectrum is a finite resource essential for so many vital communications services, but it holds no value until it is fuelled by investment from mobile operators, which ultimately creates valued services for all citizens. Simply put, the speed, coverage and cost of mobile services are directly impacted by government and regulator decisions. From this point of view, 2019 is particularly important. Later this year, the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) will decide whether the mobile ecosystem gets access to spectrum needed to make the most of opportunities afforded by 5G. To navigate this event and other important topics such as spectrum pricing, the GSMA offers wealth of knowledge and collateral.

Effective Spectrum Pricing
The issue of getting spectrum pricing right has never been more vital. Additional spectrum is central to expanding and upgrading mobile broadband services. The success of 4G and 5G depends on it. The GSMA’s spectrum team has along with GSMA Intelligence and NERA Economic Consulting done extensive analysis linking excessive spectrum prices with lower quality mobile services and higher prices.

https://www.gsma.com/spectrum/resources/effective-spectrum-pricing/
https://www.gsma.com/spectrum/spectrum-pricing-treasurys-bottom-line/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf423kvCKH4

Technology Neutrality
For governments that want consumers and businesses in their country to benefit from the best possible mobile broadband experience, support for technology neutral spectrum licensing is a must. It enables mobile operators to replace for example GSM with 4G in a particular frequency band. And do so at a pace that’s driven by market demand.

The GSMA 5G Spectrum Guide
To help navigate spectrum needs for next-generation mobile networks, this 5G spectrum guide collects relevant reports, infographics and positions from the GSMA. From coverage spectrum to millimetre waves, it is all needed to make most of this new technology. It also looks at the socio-economic benefits of making spectrum available for 5G across continents and industries.

https://www.gsma.com/spectrum/5g-spectrum-guide/
https://www.gsma.com/spectrum/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/5G-mmWave-Benefits-SSA.pdf
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqmAYwySVP0

The GSMA WRC Series
5G needs a significant amount of new harmonised mobile spectrum. Whether that is made available not is in part dependent on the decisions made at WRC-19. The GSMA WRC series includes collateral to help governments and regulators take part in the preparatory process and the event. For anyone who isn’t familiar how this process works, there is also an introductory guide.

https://www.gsma.com/spectrum/wrc-series/

Personalised Tours

Contact GSMA Regional Government Engagement Team to request your exclusive experience of Mobile 360 – Africa.

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If you are a government delegation and planning to attend Mobile 360 – Africa 2019, please contact our GSMA Regional Government Engagement Team for details and special conditions.

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