For the mobile sector, market economics and competition have been immensely successful at driving private-sector infrastructure investment and delivering mobile service that consumers demand. Today, over 95% of people worldwide have a mobile signal where they live. The formula becomes challenging, however, when a sufficient and timely return on investment cannot be foreseen, and this can affect rural and low-income communities as well as the rapid spread of 5G, for example.
As policymakers look past the health crisis, they recognise connectivity as a must-have for citizens and businesses. To achieve near-ubiquitous broadband, a pro-investment and pro-innovation regulatory environment is necessary, combined with cost-effective solutions to specific challenges such as infrastructure sharing. In this highly interactive session, industry leaders and policymakers will debate some of the toughest challenges related to mobile network investment and the long-term financial sustainability of the industry.
- Extracting funds from the mobile sector through taxation, spectrum licences and regulatory fees is counter-productive, considering that digital policies typically demand greater network investment by operators. What strategies can be used to get beyond this impasse?
- Can new technologies or alternative modes of connectivity provide a sustainable, scalable answer?
- What actions can governments take, and what has been successful to achieve connectivity targets?
This in-person only session will take place in the Ministerial Stage, located inside the GSMA Ministerial Programme. Please note that the GSMA Ministerial Programme is an invitation-only event. Find out more.