For many in underserved regions, affordability and a lack of local content, skills or literacy is growing a social and economic divide. Whilst the industry continues to rise to the challenge by improving infrastructure and access to services, Covid-19 has provided a new impetus for policymakers, regulators, and ministers to ensure mobile adoption is integrated into any future roadmap. This session will examine key policy levers that can be pulled to enable more open access to existing and future mobile broadband services, and the implications of not having an explicit strategy to support these underserved communities in this time of crisis.
- While mobile broadband coverage gaps do remain, a variety of other factors keep people from taking advantage of internet access. What is the right path to encourage and equip the unconnected to join the digital world?
- What does meaningful internet connectivity look like, in terms of societal value?
- What more can policymakers and industry do to promote digital inclusion?
This hybrid session will take place in the Ministerial Stage and is available to all Ministerial Programme attendees. The session will also be live streamed via MyMWC. Please note that the GSMA Ministerial Programme is an invitation-only event. Find out more.