We are pleased to announce the third cohort of 11 new start-ups joining our GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund portfolio today. We’ve updated our original start-up portfolio booklet to include these new additions and provided some information on the progress the previous cohorts have made.
The end of the year is always a good time to reflect on our activities over the last 12 months. When we look at the Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund portfolio, we can only be impressed by the progress and impact these start-ups have made in the last few months.
As of November 2018, 1.6 million beneficiaries have been reached by the various projects funded by the programme, while the equivalent of £2.5 million of additional income has been unlocked collectively, through direct revenue increase for citizens and local businesses, savings or productivity gains. On the investment front, two-thirds of the start-ups have now raised follow-on funding totalling £32.9 million, the vast majority of which is commercial.
By mid-2018, there were 442 million unique mobile subscribers across Latin America and the Caribbean, accounting for 68% of the population. The region is characterised by varying levels of mobile subscriber penetration. A number of countries (such as Chile, Uruguay and Argentina) are approaching saturation of the total addressable market, while others (including Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua) still exhibit relatively low levels of penetration.
Advanced MENA markets are at the forefront of innovation, with the GCC Arab States in particular looking to be global leaders in the deployment of 5G networks. All six GCC markets are expected to launch 5G mobile services in the next two years, followed by relatively rapid 5G rollout. By 2025, 15 markets will have launched 5G mobile services across the whole MENA region.
5G is rapidly moving from trials to early commercialisation. Between 2018 and 2020, more than 50 countries will launch 5G mobile services across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. In some markets, the launch of 5G commercial services is occurring earlier than initially announced – notable examples include the US, China, South Korea, Australia and some of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Arab States. This GSMA Intelligence report looks at 5G in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region across different perspectives: network deployment, spectrum, use cases, market opportunities, and policy and regulation.
Since the start of the century, the mobile sector in Indonesia has experienced years of growth and development. But for the country to take the next step, vital spectrum must be allocated, in particular 700 MHz. This latest report from GSMA Intelligence shows that despite progress made, internet access remains a key barrier for citizens’ full participation in Indonesia’s digital society. While 3G (at 900 MHz) has been successful in extending basic mobile broadband to the unconnected, the technology will not be able to cope with the significant traffic growth expected over the next decade.
Central America is lagging behind in mobile broadband adoption and deployment. Closing this gap requires the promotion of market structures that boost competition in investment and innovation, and public policies that take the entire digital ecosystem into account. This latest research from GSMA Intelligence examines the role of market structures in the development of the mobile sector in Central America. The market structures of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama are analysed, exploring their impact on operator performance in investment and 4G networks. A comparative study of public policy in the region shows how policy can foster an environment in which operators acquire greater ability and incentives to compete in investment and innovation, to the benefit of consumers in the region.