The 2018 edition of the GSMA’s annual ‘Mobile Industry Impact’ report, published at the UN General Assembly last week, found that the mobile industry has continued to increase its contribution against all 17 Sustainable Development Goals since mobile became the first sector in the world to commit to the delivery of the SDGs in 2016.
According to GSMA, “The global mobile industry is demonstrating significant and measurable impact in contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is strengthening its commitment to improving lives around the world.”
The 2018 Impact Report was authored by GSMA Intelligence, the research arm of the GSMA providing summaries on mobile’s impact on all 17 SDGs, alongside in-depth analysis on five selected SDGs that showcase innovative case studies of operator initiatives supporting the Goals.
This growing impact reflects mobile’s unprecedented global scale, which provides a platform to connect unconnected communities, reduce poverty, improve access to health care and education, and drive sustainable economic growth.
“More than two-thirds of the people on the planet are now connected to a mobile network and, for many, mobile is the primary – sometimes only – channel for accessing the internet and life-enhancing services,” commented Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA. “Today’s report reiterates how the mobile industry is playing a central role in accelerating delivery of the SDGs and leveraging the power of mobile networks and services to transform lives around the world.”
According to the report, the mobile industry’s greatest impact is currently on SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), a result of near-universal mobile network coverage that is driving new business models in areas such as the sharing economy, mobile savings and credit, and pay-as-you-go solar models to access clean energy.