Analyst Insights: Unveiling the 2024 Global Mobile Trends 2024 report – full recording and slides

Catch the on-demand recording of our exclusive unveiling of the latest insights are shaping mobile and telecom landscape.

What Was Discussed?

Key themes from the report: This Global Mobile Trends report examines the biggest developments expected in 2024. These include #5G’s next wave; the impact of #generativeAI; 5G-Advanced; new experiences from 5G-enabled services such as #FWA; the future of entertainment; #cloud and edge compute; private wireless; #eSIM; the rise of #satellites ; and #sustainability strategies.

Panel discussion: Industry Perspectives: Gain valuable insights from industry leaders as they discuss the implications of these trends for businesses, consumers, and the wider industry, offering a future-focused lens on innovation and growth.

Featured Speakers:

Harrison Lung, Group Chief Strategy Officer, e& Group

Ivan Ostojić, Chief Business Officer, Infobip

Aniruddho Basu, EVP, Emerging Business, Partnerships & Channels, Mavenir

Robin Harwani, Head of Global Industry Solutions, AWS

This session was filmed at #MWC24 and hosted by GSMA Intelligence, the research and consulting arm of the GSMA.

Global Mobile Trends 2024 Report can be downloaded here | The report is available to all with a free public account.

Thanks to our sponsors AWS, Kigen, Vodafone and European Space Agency who made this report possible.

Energy Efficiency Benchmark – Recording and Slides

Recording of GSMA Intelligence’s energy efficiency benchmark launch at #mwc24, including experts from Nokia, Turkcell, Telenor, Ericsson and McKinsey & Company. You can access the energy benchmark report here.


Opening Presentation (10 min) from GSMA Intelligence

Panel Discussion (20 min) with Nokia, Ericsson, Telenor and Turkcell

Fireside (15 min) from GSMA Intelligence and McKinsey & Company

What is the benchmark?

GSMA Intelligence launched its Mobile Energy Efficiency Benchmarking project in 2020. The benchmark relies on fully anonymised, real-world data inputs to quantify network energy consumption, efficiency levels, and fuel sources. Operator participation has steadily increased each year, resulting in a unique, globally relevant dataset on energy efficiency. The project has uncovered previously unmeasured data points and provided insights into sustainability trends, technologies, and best practices.

GSMA Intelligence acknowledges the 17 operator groups that participated in the project, contributing data from 65 networks across 59 countries. These operators, serving nearly 1.6 billion mobile connections globally, actively engaged in workshops and provided valuable insights for the report, representing 19% of total cellular connections worldwide.

Slides from Tim Hatt

Featured speakers:

Tim Hatt, Head Of Research & Consulting, GSMA Intelligence

Emanuel Kolta, Lead Analyst, Network Sustainability and Innovation, GSMA Intelligence

Francesca Sartori, Head of Sustainability Research and Standardization, Nokia

Noelia Lopez, Marketing Director – Sustainability & Energy Performance, Ericsson

Ferry Christiaan Grijpink, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Nemanja Vucevic, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Yildiray Orenekli, Network Infrastructure Associate Director, Turkcell

Johannes Bjelland, Senior Researcher, Telenor Group

Sustainability Summit at MWC24 – Full recording and slides

The sustainability summit hosted by GSMA Intelligence invited industry experts to explore energy efficiency, sustainability, and circularity. Access the full three-hour recording and accompanying slides from the Sustainability Summit.

Jump directly to each section: 00:00:00 GSMA Intelligence Introduction 00:17:13 Arm Keynote 00:41:09 Sustainable Networks Innovation Panel 01:17:40 XH Smart Keynote 01:30:20 Circularity and Digital Transformation Panel 02:08:36 Nokia Panel 02:32:35 Dell Technologies and Intel Fireside

Energy efficiency, sustainability, and circularity have emerged as critical focal points in today’s telecommunications landscape. With operational expenses still heavily burdened by energy costs, operators and partners face a ripe opportunity to drive down costs and enhance profits.

The sustainability summit hosted by GSMA Intelligence invited industry experts to explore:
Network level innovations in energy efficiency
Services strategies for reducing costs and growing revenues through green products
The changing role of analytics and AI
The circular economy
Reporting and alignment on KPIs
Partnerships in the supply chain

Access the full three-hour recording and accompanying slides from the Sustainability Summit. For further information about upcoming summits and how to get involved please contact us using the form.

Featured Speakers:

Peter Jarich, Head of GSMA Intelligence, GSMA Intelligence
Manish Singh, CTO Telecom Systems Business, Dell Technologies
Subho Mukherjee, VP, Global Head of Sustainability, Nokia
Maya Ormazabal, Environment & Human Rights Director, Telefónica
Dr. Ali Taha Koç, CEO, Turkcell
Harrison Lung, Group Chief Strategy Officer, e& Group
Cristina Rodriguez, VP GM Wireless Access, Intel Corporation
Eehou Lim, Chief Technology Officer, XH Smart
Panch Chandrasekaran, Carrier Infrastructure Lead, Arm
Eddie Ramirez, VP, Marketing, Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm
Steven Moore, Head of Climate Action, GSMA
Kyriakos Exadaktylos, Head of Network Architecture Specifications & Energy Performance, Vodafone Group
Micaela Giuhat, Director, Emerging Technologies, Government Affairs, Microsoft
Aleyn Smith-Gillespie, Director, Carbon Trust
Sabri Albreiki, CTO, e& International
Bill Pfeifer, Edge Portfolio Messaging Director, Dell Technologies

Satellite and NTN Summit at MWC24 – Full recording and slides

The Satellite and NTN Summit at MWC 2024, showcased the latest advancements and innovations driving the satellite industry forward, with discussions on satellite deployment strategies, partnership formations, regulatory landscapes, and technological advancements and much more.

Panel discussions covered strategic collaborations between satellite and telecommunications sectors, technical innovations driving the industry’s evolution, and the future outlook for satellite-telco partnerships. From exploring new use cases to forecasting commercialisation timelines, the summit provided invaluable insights into the trajectory of the satellite industry.

Access the full three-hour recording and accompanying slides from the Satellite and NTN Summit. For further information about upcoming summits and how to get involved please contact us using the form.

Featured speakers:

Tim Hatt, Head Of Research & Consulting, GSMA Intelligence

Ken Peterman, President & CEO, Comtech

Fran Bogle, Chief Revenue Officer, ORBCOMM

Libby Barr, Chief Operating Officer, Avanti

Anirban Chakraborty, CTO, Comtech

Amina Boubendir, Head of Research and Standardisation, Airbus Defence and Space

Tamer Kadous, VP, Terrestrial Networks, Globalstar

Antonio Franchi, Head of 5G/6G NTN Programme Office, European Space Agency

Dave Roscoe, Executive Vice President, Satellite Communications and Products, ORBCOMM

Matt Botwin, Principal, DLA Piper, LLP

Piotr Wesolowski, Senior Manager Space Partnerships, Deutsche Telekom AG

Maxime Flament, Chief Technology Officer, 5G Automotive Association (5GAA)

Bee Hayes-Thakore, VP, Marketing, Kigen

Brett Tarnutzer, Director, Satellite Policy, SpaceX

John Janka, Chief Officer, Global Government Affairs & Regulatory, Viasat

Natalia Vicente, Vice President Public Affairs, GSOA

Marc Rouanne, Executive Vice President & Chief Network Officer, DISH Wireless

Datapoint – RIS Innovations

This latest datapoint explores how RIS serves as a pivotal intermediate network element, strategically positioned between antennas and user equipment. Operators can now consider leveraging RIS to address coverage gaps with unprecedented efficiency.

In our comprehensive report, we delve into the advantages of RIS, particularly its compact and efficient nature, making it an ideal choice for rapid deployment in dense urban scenarios with higher frequencies. While every innovation comes with challenges, RIS emerges as a cost-effective solution for operators aiming to densify their networks.

Datapoint filmed by Lead Analyst, Emanuel Kota, at GSMA Intelligence.

Download the report here:

Datapoint – The Climate Connection

In this datapoint video, Jakub Zagdanski, Senior Economist at GSMA Intelligence, reveals a staggering data point: a delay in 5G spectrum assignment could lead to 10 million tons of additional carbon dioxide emissions in a medium-sized low-income country.

Key insights from our report ‘Spectrum Climate Connection” highlight that efficient spectrum use correlates with reduced carbon emissions and brings economic advantages to society. In contrast, inefficient spectrum policies may result in higher costs and a diminished adoption of emission-saving technologies.

Check out our report ‘Spectrum Climate Connection’ here:

Datapoint – Future of Devices

Hear from Anshu Goel, lead analyst for digital consumer at GSMA Intelligence, as he unveils the latest data point in our devices report.

Discover the evolving consumer behaviour, the impact of AI on smartphones, and the rise of mobile digital services, with a focus on the staggering 79% of smartphone users looking to upgrade.

Dive into the insights and explore the full report at

5G Summit: Emerging Use-Cases for Africa – full recording from MWC23 Kigali

Commercial 5G services have now expanded to every corner of the globe, transforming it into a truly global technology. As of September 2023, a total of 297 operators across 100 markets have launched 5G mobile services. By the end of this year, the number of 5G connections worldwide is expected to reach a staggering 1.5 billion, representing 17% of all mobile connections. Furthermore, 5G networks will cover over a third of the world’s population.

In Africa, the journey towards 5G is gaining momentum. Recent 5G network launches in Nigeria and Mozambique by Airtel and Vodacom, as well as 5G spectrum auctions in Namibia, Senegal, and Uganda, showcase the continent’s growing interest in this transformative technology. Currently, there are 27 5G operators in 16 African markets, and many more are expected to join in the coming months and years as governments and other stakeholders harness 5G to address some of society’s most pressing challenges. Hosted by GSMA Intelligence, the 5G Summit at MWC Kigali served as the premier platform for stakeholders to exchange ideas regarding efficient network deployment, innovative applications, and forward-looking regulations to drive 5G rollout and adoption.

In 2023, this summit brought together leaders and professionals from government, the mobile industry, and adjacent verticals. They shared their visions and expectations for the 5G era, making bold commitments towards realising 5G’s potential in Africa. The event featured insightful keynotes, engaging panel discussions, 5G showcases, and numerous networking opportunities.

Our distinguished speakers at the 2023 5G Summit included:

  • Kenechi Okeleke, Director at GSMA Intelligence
  • Angela Wamola, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, GSMA
  • Hassan Jaber, Chief Operating Officer, MTN
  • Jocelyn Karakula, Network and Information Technology Director, Orange
  • Li Tao, President of Huawei Southern Africa Wireless Business, Huawei
  • Jidia Gasana, Enterprise Director, Airtel
  • Philip Besiimire, Managing Director, Vodacom Tanzania Plc
  • Frehiwot Tamru, CEO ethio telecom
  • Jean Philbert Nsengimana (Phil), Chief Digital Advisor, Africa CDC
  • Axel Hansmann, Director of Industrial IoT Security, Rohde & Schwarz
  • Caroline Kamaitha, Vice President Africa, Enterprise & Cloud, SES Satellites
  • Amir Abdelazim, Expert Partner, Detecon International
  • Elizabeth Migwalla, Vice President, International Government Affairs, Qualcomm
  • Léandre Berwa, Chief Executive Officer, SLS Energy
  • Afef Boulares, Manager Orange Fab
  • Geofrey Mutabazi, Co-Founder and CEO, Karaa Africa

We also extend our thanks to our sponsors, Detecon International, Huawei, SES Satellites, Rohde & Schwarz, and Qualcomm, for their invaluable support in making this event a resounding success.

Data Point – Huawei MBBF – 5.5G and Sustainability

GSMA Intelligence recently attended Huawei’s annual Mobile Broadband Forum, which took place October 10-11 in Dubai. In this edition of our DataPoint, the first of two covering our takeaways from the event, Peter Jarich is joined by Emanuel Kolta and Tim Hatt to unpack the messaging and demos related to the next generation of 5G services – what Huawei calls 5.5G.

What does that mean in practice? Can telcos monetise new services enabled by this network advancement? And, what does it mean for the sustainability agenda?

Read more about the research with Huawei here

Data Point – Green is Good for Business: Making the P&L Case

The financial case for going green in telecoms is about lower costs and higher revenues.

The financial case for going green in telecoms is about lower costs and higher revenues. Costs are a focal point, as energy is still a stubbornly high burden on profit and loss, at 20-40% of opex for the average operator.

The shift to renewables will help reduce this – but it takes time, so energy efficiencies are a priority. The green revenue story is less developed but equally important. This applies in the consumer segment (e.g. device-recycling schemes or bundling energy into mobile and/or broadband tariffs) and in the enterprise segment as part of digitisation programmes.

This Datapoint from Tim Hatt, expands on a recent report we published on the topic, which we expect to hear more on with COP28 approaching in December.

Read the related research here.