GSMA joins ITU in campaign to boost mobile broadband in Asia Pacific
By Digital News Asia November 21, 2013
- ‘m-Powering for Mobile Broadband’ campaign to also focus on best practices in policy areas
- Aims to encourage investment in mobile broadband infrastructure and instil consumer confidence
THE GSM Association (GSMA) said it is collaborating with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in a new programme to encourage the development of mobile broadband in the Asia Pacific region.
The new ‘m-Powering for Mobile Broadband’ campaign will facilitate the exchange of experiences and sharing of best practices in specific policy areas, the GSMA said in a statement at the ITU Connect Asia Pacific Summit in Bangkok.
The goal of the campaign is to encourage investment in mobile broadband infrastructure, instil consumer confidence in mobile applications, and support the long-term growth of the sector, the association said.
“Mobile is a transformative technology that has had a significant economic and social impact not only in Asia, but on a global basis,” said Irene Ng, head of GSMA Asia.
“Mobile provides access to healthcare where there are no doctors, access to education where there are no teachers, and access to financial services where there are no banks.
“The GSMA is pleased to be working hand in hand with ITU to accelerate the widespread adoption of mobile broadband in Asia and the Pacific, and in turn, to enable new opportunities for economic growth, technological innovation and social development,” she added.
In the m-Powering for Mobile Broadband campaign, the GSMA and ITU will jointly undertake a range of programmes and activities to encourage further investment in infrastructure that enables the provision of mobile broadband services and support the long-term growth of the sector.
These activities will include capacity-building programmes, workshops and forums to share best practices and experiences, public policy dialogues and debates, as well as other forms of partnerships between the private and public sectors, the GSMA said.
“With approximately two billion mobile broadband subscriptions, mobile technology and services continue to be the key driver of the information society,” said Eun-Ju Kim, director of the ITU Regional Office for Asia Pacific.
“Mobile broadband networks offer an unprecedented opportunity for people to connect to high-speed networks and benefit from a growing number of applications and services such as education, health and agriculture as a means to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals and beyond,” she said.
Kim also noted that mobile broadband speeds continue to increase, while the price of services keeps falling, making information and communication technologies more affordable.
“The collaboration announced today is focused on raising the awareness of and extending the positive socio-economic benefits of mobile and mobile broadband, particularly in developing markets in Asia Pacific,” said Ng.
“According to the World Bank, a 10% increase in mobile broadband penetration can drive a 1.4% increase in GDP (gross domestic product) for low- to middle-income countries. Working together, we can realise the full potential of mobile broadband and create a more inclusive digital society,” she added.
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