GSMA releases public policy position paper to drive digital revolution with improved mobile coverage

The GSMA published a public policy position paper that pinpoints the steps required to roll out mobile infrastructure and enhance demand. According to the GSMA, to make network operations sustainable, innovative partnerships between government and operators are needed. Some of the policy solutions that provide sustainable impact include reducing policy and regulatory barriers, creating pro-investment environments, and examining new sources of financing and shared deployment models. In that sense, the paper showcases initiatives from countries across the world where this approach has resulted in improved coverage and access. It further outlines some recommendations to improve mobile coverage and speed up roll out: (a) innovative technologies and deployment models helping to expand mobile coverage; (b) policy measures to support increased network investment and rapid, wide-area roll outs, (c) policy measures to stimulate mobile Internet demand, and (d) policy measures focused specifically on rural and remote mobile coverage.