Unlocking Rural Mobile Coverage

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Course Overview

Despite the growth of internet coverage in all parts of the world, over 4 billion people are still offline. Of the 3.2 billion people who are connected, nearly 1.2 billion don’t have access to high-speed internet access. Closing the mobile coverage gap is primarily an economic challenge. Uncovered populations typically live in rural locations with low population densities, low per-capita income levels and weak or non-existent enabling infrastructure. This course considers the challenges and opportunities that the public and private sectors face in bringing coverage to the uncovered, thereby giving them access to greater social and economic opportunities.

Course Objectives

– Explore the role of the government and the private sector in improving connectivity.
– Learn how innovation and infrastructure sharing can help bridge the coverage gap.
– Learn about best practices in policy and regulation to foster investment in rural networks.
– Learn about examples of successful rural coverage projects.

Course Duration
4 weeks
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Course Leader
Guillaume Touchard
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As Infrastructure Economics Director for the Connected Society programme, Guillaume is supporting GSMA’s efforts to tangibly assist operators in bridging the mobile broadband coverage gap across emerging markets. Guillaume’s work has consistently focused on the development of the mobile industry across AMEA for the past 10 years. His prior roles in the industry involved developing market strategies in collaboration with C-Level management to enhance value generation of mobile products and services across mobile operations in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. As a consultant, he advised a wide variety of MNOs on organic as well as external growth strategies. He also led projects looking at the regulation of interconnection, broadband networks roll out and content digital strategies. Guillaume has worked extensively in Indonesia, Thailand, Congo Brazzaville, Ivory Coast, Mali, Jordan and Kenya. Guillaume holds an MSc in Media & Communication Regulation & Policy from the London School of Economics as well as a BSc in International Relations. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Course Moderator
Ronda Zelezny-Green
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Ronda developed and directs the Capacity Building programme’s eLearning platform. She has more than 10 years of teaching and training delivery experience, both face-to-face and online. She has also worked with learners across five continents, at all education levels, and in government. She has regional expertise in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, and subject matter expertise in public policy, gender, and mobile learning. Ronda has a PhD in Information and Communication Technologies for Development from the University of London.