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.

Unlocking Rural Mobile Coverage - Session 1

Introduction: the mobile broadband coverage gap


Unlocking Rural Mobile Coverage - Session 2

Closing the gap: the role of the industry

Unlocking Rural Mobile Coverage - Session 3

Closing the gap: the role of government

Unlocking Rural Mobile Coverage - Session 4

Closing the gap: the role of demand

Unlocking Rural Mobile Coverage - Session 5

Extending coverage beyond the market frontier

Course Duration
3 weeks
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Course Leader
Genaro Cruz
Senior Market Engagement and Advocacy Manager, Mobile for Development
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Genaro has spent the last three years working with local governments and mobile operators to develop connectivity strategies that leverage new technology, policy modernization, and innovative finance to solve the multidimensional challenge of rural connectivity. This works has taken him to countries including France, Indonesia, Tanzania, Chad, DRC, Colombia, and Argentina, among others. He has published various reports about the economics and policy framework for rural connectivity and has provided training for governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Prior to the GSMA, Genaro worked as an engineer for a French mobile operator. He holds a Telecommunications Engineering degree from UNAM University, a Master's in Networks and Computer Systems from Telecom Paristech, and a Master's in Public Administration from the London School of Economics.

Course Moderator
Andrea Guajardo
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Andrea is Senior Partnerships and Digital Training Manager for the Capacity Building programme. Based in Santiago, Chile, she manages the CE-Digital programme, a capacity building partnership with CAF and ECLAC in Latin America. Andrea holds a Master's degree in Linguistics and a Bachelor's degree in English Education from the Universidad de Santiago.