GSMA Launches New Tool to Measure Mobile Internet Connectivity Worldwide

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The GSMA has launched a new online tool that measures the ability of more than 130 countries worldwide to connect offline citizens to the mobile internet.

The GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index measures each country on the four key enablers for driving mobile internet adoption: infrastructure; affordability; consumer readiness; and content.

The tool aggregates best-in-class data from multiple sources1 and is designed to support the efforts of the mobile industry and the wider international community to deliver on the ambition of universal access to the internet.

“Already more than 3 billion people worldwide are accessing the internet via mobile, but this still leaves more than 4 billion people offline and excluded from the powerful opportunities for social and economic development that the mobile internet enables,” said Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA.

“Mobile is the primary enabler of connectivity in developing world markets where the high cost of deploying fixed-line networks means that internet penetration is low”.

“Connectivity to the mobile internet is also an important foundation upon which the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals2 depend for their delivery, providing a platform for reducing poverty and improving healthcare, education, commerce, information sharing, employment and innovation.” he added. “The launch of the GSMA’s Mobile Connectivity Index will provide valuable insights that will inform projects designed to support the ambition of universal access to the internet”
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Source: Mobile World Magazine 14 July 2016