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How Africa is driving progress in global mobile internet connectivity

On July 16, 2019

In 2018, for the first time, more than half of the world’s population was using the internet. For many mobile is the primary – or only – way to get online. Last year alone, almost 300 million further people connected …

Three Trends worth a second look in the GSMA’s State of the Industry Report

On July 15, 2019

By Vince Kadar, CEO, Telepin Each year, the GMSA’s State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money provides mobile operators and their partners and regulators with an important perspective on how far we’ve come—and what new challenges we face—in this fast-moving industry. …

The CRASA-GSMA partnership: A Panacea to innovation in the Regional Regulatory Environment

On July 12, 2019

The value of collaboration in Africa continues to be realized through multilateral partnerships that various regional bodies build with the private sector to bring about development and growth in different segments of the continent’s socioeconomic fabric. A number of regional …

Realising the full benefit of mobile for women in Africa

On July 11, 2019

Co-authored by Matt Shanahan, Insights Analyst, Connected Women I Mobile for Development and by Oliver Rowntree, Senior Insights Manager, Mobile for Development The GSMA’s Mobile Gender Gap Report 2019 highlighted that there is a persistent mobile gender gap in low- …

The Internet of Things – New Opportunities in a Mobile First Continent

The Internet of Things – New Opportunities in a Mobile First Continent

On July 10, 2019

Deepak Gusain – General Manager Tata Communications Africa & Middle East Can the phenomenon of the Internet of Things (IoT) deliver real benefits for people, institutions and enterprises in the African continent? One way to answer the question is to …

Transition to mobile broadband heralds emerging digital lifestyle

Transition to mobile broadband heralds emerging digital lifestyle

On July 9, 2019

By GSMA Intelligence 2019 is a pivotal year for the mobile market in Sub-Saharan Africa; by the end of the year, mobile broadband connections (3G and above) will account for the majority (54%) of total mobile connections for the first …


The vicious circle of financial exclusion in emerging markets (and how Channel VAS aims to resolve it)

On July 2, 2019

For Africa and the emerging markets in general, access to technology and specifically to smartphones is a key issue with a lot of challenges. In today’s digital, connected world, the smartphone has become a necessary tool for people’s daily lives …

Mini-grids, macro impact?

Mini-grids, macro impact?

On July 1, 2019

By George Kibala Bauer, Mobile for Development Utilities Lacking access to electricty is one of the biggest barriers to structural transformation and private sector development in emerging markets. Of course, there is no silver bullet to extending electricity access, especially …

Closing the identity gap for women and the role of mobile: 5 insights from the Commonwealth Digital Identity Initiative

On July 1, 2019

By Azmina Dhrodia, Matthew Wilson | Digital Identity More than 230 million women and girls across the Commonwealth do not have access to any form of government-recognised identity. Official proof of identity (ID) is fundamental to a woman and girl’s ability …

Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation at Mobile 360 – Africa 2019

Mobile For Humanitarian Innovation At Mobile 360 – Africa 2019

On June 18, 2019

Mobile 360 – Africa gathers leaders across Africa’s tech and telecom landscape to share disruptive, provocative, and inspirational ideas contributing to Africa’s digital rise. GSMA Intelligence has shown the significant increase in mobile coverage and users in the region, and …