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2018 Mobile Industry Impact Report: Sustainable Development Goals

Mobile connectivity continues to transform the lives of billions. More than two-thirds of the global population are now connected to mobile, making it one of the most far-reaching technologies worldwide. For many, mobile is the primary – sometimes only – channel for accessing the internet and life-enhancing services. With its unprecedented scale and growing impact on daily lives, mobile is a powerful tool for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), helping to reduce poverty, improve healthcare and education, and drive sustainable economic growth.

Countries with high levels of mobile connectivity have made the most progress in meeting their SDG commitments – put simply, quality of life improves as people gain access to mobile technology. By adequately leveraging the power of mobile networks and the services they provide, the mobile industry will continue to play a central role in accelerating achievement of the SDGs.

Now in its third year since the mobile industry became the first sector to commit to the UN SDGs, this edition of the Mobile Industry Impact Report assesses the progress of the sector’s contribution. The report uses the GSMA’s proprietary ‘impact score’ methodology: each SDG is given a score out of 100, with a higher score representing increased industry impact on that particular goal.

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