Past Event

Increasing Internet Access - Technology Salon London

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:30am
GSMA Head Office

There are now over 3.5 billion people accessing the Internet via mobile networks - a historic achievement. However, 3.8 billion people are still offline – the vast majority in developing countries.
These unconnected populations are increasingly marginalized as essential services and key community debates migrate online, and only those connected to the Internet are accessing benefits and being counted in decision making.

a woman stands by two men who have smart phones up to their ears

How can we work together to bring the next 3.8 billion people online and overcome the four key barriers to Internet access?

  • The lack of mobile network infrastructure in rural areas
  • The affordability of Internet access for poor people
  • User language and technology literacy
  • Insufficient incentives for users to overcome the other barriers

The solutions will require coordinated innovation by government, civil society, and industry. For example, Universal Service Fees can support infrastructure investments in rural areas, but they need to be coupled with innovative pro-poor pricing models, and engaging, relevant content in local languages that is easy to access and navigate for first-time users, and provide value to creator and consumer.
Please RSVP now to join your peers in the search for the Internet adoption unicorn at the next Technology Salon London. We'll seek answers to questions like:

  • Who is innovating new digital services for poor communities and what are they learning about consumer demand and realistic business models?
  • How can government, civil society, and industry work together to increase incentives for Internet services in marginalized communities?
  • What are the social, economic, and political consequences of connectivity for communities that have low digital literacy?

Please RSVP now for a lively, interactive debate informed by the following thought leaders:

We'll have hot coffee and catered breakfast treats for a morning rush but seating is limited so please RSVP now.  Once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waiting list!

Increasing Internet Access - Technology Salon London

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:30am

GSMA Head Office
London, UK