West Africa Policy Day, part 2
West Africa Policy Day is by invitation only. If would like more information, please contact Governmentevents@gsma.com.
|13.00 – 14.15||Deep dive on how spectrum pricing impacts developing economies|
This session will be moderated by the GSMA policy team in charge of Spectrum as well as from the Sub-Saharan Africa regional office in collaboration with guests and partners.
Mobile has been seen to underpin the vast majority of internet access in emerging and developing countries and West Africa is no exception to this reality. The importance of broadband internet access has been told many times and the impact on the economy and citizens cannot be underestimated.
However data growth and greater broadband adoption requires more spectrum with ever wider bandwidths.
Recent awards in West Africa showed that many mobile operators did not acquire spectrum on offer. This may have been due to the high reserve price set making the business case to encourage investment non-viable.
Better spectrum pricing policies are needed to improve the economic and social welfare of the billions of people that remain unconnected to mobile broadband services. Carefully planned spectrum awards are vital – digital economies depend on them. This session will explore the latest pricing research, which focuses on developing markets, and discuss evolving policy best practice to drive investment in high quality, affordable mobile broadband services.
|14.30 – 15.45||Planning for the future of mobile broadband & new capacity building course|
This session will be moderated by the GSMA Policy team in charge of Spectrum and from the Sub-Saharan Africa office in collaboration with the GSMA Capacity Building program and partners.
14.30 – 15.00 Planning for the future of mobile broadband
Highlights the attributes of a clear and successful spectrum roadmap, and how to take into account international developments, such as WRC-19, to provide long term certainty for investments in this CAPEX intensive industry.
15.00 – 15.45 Taster session of GSMA Capacity Building on spectrum planning and management
This session will cover an introduction to the full two-day course, which details how spectrum is used, the characteristics of spectrum bands, the progression of mobile technologies, and spectrum planning at a national, regional and international level. The full course also covers spectrum licensing and regulatory topics that relate to spectrum
Following these taster sessions, participants will be able to register their interest to undertake both of the full training courses, free to regulatory professionals in both online and face-to-face teaching environments.
|15:00 – 16.00||Coffee Break and Networking|
|16.00 – 17:00||Mobile for a better future: ICT policies as an instrument to fight climate change|
This session will be moderated by the GSMA Capacity Building team in collaboration with partners.
The Capacity Building programme’s in-depth training courses highlight real-world examples of policy and regulatory best practice, and are designed specifically to help regulatory professionals tackle today’s most pressing mobile policy issues. Delivered by subject matter experts, this session will build on the previous introductory excerpts from the 5G themed course with a second one on Climate Change from the GSMA’s free Capacity Building Courses.
Mobile technologies have the potential to promote and contribute to a sustainable and low-carbon future. This taster session gives an overview of this course examining case studies of mobile service applications in the areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation, business sustainability, smart cities and the improvement of the natural environment. The full course also addresses the environmental footprint of the mobile industry and covers sustainable responses of network operators to topics such as energy use, recovery of used and waste equipment and reporting on climate change impacts.