Addressing the consequences of digitalisation in the Russia & CIS region

Russia RIS

(GSMA, 2018)

Sponsored content

By Tair Ismailov, Strategic Engagement Director, Eastern Europe, GSMA

As the GSMA has observed in its reports, there are five basic enablers of the digital economy: high-speed, reliable and robust broadband infrastructure; digital safety and security; locally relevant content and services; digitally skilled users; and digitally engaged governments and businesses.

Whilst mobile operators are trying to define the business case for investment in 5G, a large number of players in the digital field are working on developing use cases around technologies such as IoT, AI, Blockchain, and AR/VR, which will fuel high-quality mobile broadband infrastructure.

The rate at which newly commercialised products get adopted by consumers is growing exponentially. There is no doubt that in the coming years the technologies mentioned above will be adapted in different ways creating products and services never seen before.

Digital transformation is opening up new opportunities for the development of society but at the same time, it raises political, social, economic and ethical issues that need to be addressed.

Tremendous economic growth brought by the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century has also led to significant social changes including the rapid increase in the global population, the phenomenon of urbanisation and the appearance of new social classes with large differences in income and quality of life.

Social protest spread from the Luddites in England who destroyed machines out of fear of losing their jobs through to the proletarian revolutions across many parts of the world spurred by struggles for a better quality of life.

In the 21st century, we see parallel fears in society. Some people are afraid that they will lose their jobs to AI and neo-luddites are propagating passive resistance to consumerism and the technologies of the Computer Age.

Governments and industry players around the world are working on creating the digital ecosystem and new policy frameworks to drive the extension of digital benefits across all sectors of their economies, and address social and ethical challenges that go hand in hand with technological progress.

In Russia and other countries in the Eurasian region, dedicated digital economy programmes have been launched to accelerate economic development, improve quality of life, attract foreign investment and increase global competitiveness through a focus on science and technology.

The CIS region with 232 million unique mobile subscribers is one of the most highly penetrated regions in the world, trailing slightly behind other developed market regions such as Europe and North America but well ahead of both Latin America and Asia Pacific. In spite of the fact that the region has one of the lowest prices of mobile voice and broadband around the world, local operators manage to provide high quality service to their users and be up to speed with the global trends in launching the latest technology standards. Mobile operators in the CIS, as in most of the developed world, are exploring new areas outside of traditional telecom to innovate and evolve in order to be competitive in the advanced digital ecosystem.

In the past few years, local operators boosted their cooperation with GSMA in Future Networks, IoT and Digital Identity. In 2018 Russian operators launched the first trial of a digital identity solution that offers a safe, seamless and convenient consumer experience called Mobile Connect. Mobile Connect can provide different levels of security, ranging from low-level website access to highly-secure bank-grade authentication. Mobile Connect promises to make passwords a thing of the past. To use the service, individuals subscribing to a participating operator simply need to click on a website’s Mobile Connect button.

In recognition and support of Russian and regional digitisation plans, GSMA is launching the first Mobile 360 Series – Russia & CIS event, taking place on 30 – 31 October 2018 in Moscow at the Four Seasons Hotel. We’re confident this event will become a leading platform for the cultivation of regional engagement in the Digital Economy field bringing together senior executives from mobile operators, regulators and representatives of industry verticals. Registration for the event is now open, and we look forward to seeing you there.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Coronavirus response: How the Capital Markets Union can support Europe’s recovery

Cybersecurity: agreement reached on better protection for citizens and companies

E-cigarettes are killing us softly with their vapor

OECD, UN Environment and World Bank call for a radical shift in financing for a low-carbon, climate-resilient future

Brussels terrorist attacks: Schengen in danger once again while leaders gather Europe’s multiple broken pieces

FROM THE FIELD: Weaving profits in Azerbaijan

Bolivia crisis: UN chief sends envoy to support peace, amidst renewed clashes

Parliament names radio studio after journalists murdered in December attack

Lifting the lid on policy decisions across Africa

Budget MEPs approve €104.2 m in EU aid to Greece, Spain, France and Portugal

DR Congo: ‘New waves of violence’ likely, UN warns, unless State acts to prevent intercommunal reprisals

The EU-US trade agreement, victim of right-wing extremists and security lunatics

UN resolution paves way for mass use of driverless cars

A new dawn for Europe: Joint op-ed by President von der Leyen, President Michel and President Sassoli

Is mental health really ‘health’?

A record number of people will need help worldwide during 2020: Global Humanitarian Overview

The Five Chinese Girls

Dutch voters reject EU-Ukraine partnership and open a new pandora’s box for the EU

Italian archaeological trafficking group dismantled

Progress toward sustainable development is seriously off-track

COVID-19 is more deadly for some ethnic groups

Service and Sacrifice: Malaysian peacekeepers in Lebanon proud to serve their homeland and the United Nations

Canada grants asylum for Saudi teen who fled family: UNHCR

We should look to nature for solutions to the global water crisis. Here’s why

Unemployment and exclusion brings EU cities to boiling point

Why do US presidential elections last so long? And 4 other things you need to know

Human rights in Brussels and in Beijing: a more balanced approach needed

How and why Mercedes fakes the EU fuel consumption tests

European Business Summit 2014: Sting Report, Day I

Commission reports on 2019 European elections: fostering European debates and securing free and fair elections

Planet’s Health is Our Health and the Reverse is True

How a chocolate bar gives hope for a new economy

Approving most of EU’s accounts, EP requests new measures to protect EU spending

This is how climate science went mainstream

Jakarta is one of the world’s fastest disappearing cities

State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation procedure into measures in favour of Béziers airport in France and Ryanair

In Mozambique, it’s ‘a matter of the heart’ says Guterres, lauding the cyclone-struck nation’s ‘undeniable moral authority’

Eurozone at risk of home-made deflation and recession

Brexit deal approved by the European Parliament

The 5 things you need to make your teams more effective, according to Google

India’s mega-rich are on the rise

Palestine refugee agency chief resigns amidst mismanagement probe

Buzzkill: why the hype around drones and COVID-19 is misplaced

EU Commission announces Safe Harbour 2.0 and a wider Data protection reform

EU’s Mogherini visits Turkey “to step up engagement” and highlight interests

What the future holds for the EU – China relations?

New York’s rooftop farms provide fresh local produce – and help stop a sewage problem

Brexit: Only Corbyn and May in concert can make the needed compromises

Vile act of torture prohibited ‘under all circumstances’, UN chief affirms on International Day to support victims

‘No justification’ for attacks against civilians, UN envoy says on mounting cross-border violence in Gaza

Berlin repels proposal for cheaper euro

‘Leaders who sanction hate speech’ encourage citizens to do likewise, UN communications chief tells Holocaust remembrance event

2019: A deadly year for migrants crossing the Americas

Conflict diamonds and climate change: Cooperate, don’t compete over natural resources urges Guterres

Can the EU assume the mantle of global leadership?

We know ethics should inform AI. But which ethics?

Global Citizen-Volunteer Internships

This is the state of the world’s health, in numbers

US-EU trade negotiations: pointless tariffs against real economic growth

Schengen: MEPs ready for negotiations on temporary checks at national borders

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s