This report analysis the status of mobile technology in the world, acknowledging that despite the growth and increasing pervasiveness of mobile networks over the last decade, there is still a section of the population with minimal or no coverage. There have also been experimentswith alternative connectivity technologies backed and promoted by big internet players. So far, these alternative technologies appear to be targeting potential use cases to expand connectivity beyond existing mobile infrastructure to help drive socio-economic impact in emerging markets — such as expanding internet access to remote rural regions and disaster response zones.

© GSMA, 2014