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ADDRESSING THE MOBILE 'USAGE GAP' IS KEY TO ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Seventh Annual GSMA SDG Impact Report Shows Digital Inclusion is Central to SDG Progress

NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Closing the mobile internet ‘usage gap’ should be a priority for countries seeking to deliver against the ambitious UN Sustainable Development Goals, according to the GSMA’s seventh annual Mobile Industry Impact Report: Sustainable Development Goals.

The report shows that, six years after becoming the first industry to commit to the SDGs, the mobile sector continues to increase its contribution to the achievement of all 17 goals. However, despite mobile operators’ continued commitment to the 2030 agenda, there is still a long way to go.

A combination of global conflict, growing food and energy poverty, economic uncertainty, and the ongoing impacts of Covid-19 are creating significant headwinds, currently threatening SDG progress worldwide. In the face of these challenges, the report highlights the crucial role mobile connectivity and connected technologies can play as enablers, supporting countries as they ‘build forward better’ in pursuit of economic recovery and resilience.

In many countries, particularly low- to middle-income nations, mobile is the principal way to access the internet. Mobile operators’ investments in network infrastructure have helped to shrink the ‘coverage gap'[1] for mobile broadband networks from 1.4 billion people in 2015 to 400 million people in 2022, contributing strongly to a range of SDG indicators.

However, around 3.2 billion people who are covered by networks are still unable to reap the benefits of this connectivity, due to lack of skills, knowledge, affordability, relevant content and other factors. This ‘usage gap’ is fast emerging as one of the biggest ‘brakes’ on economic and social progress globally.

The report demonstrates how people with access to fast, reliable networks are able to stay connected to friends and family, work remotely, access education and health services, build innovative businesses, improve efficiencies and reduce carbon emissions. Those without access, in contrast, are most vulnerable to economic and social disruption, and risk falling further behind as the world emerges from the pandemic, especially as online services become even more integral to society.

Jose-Maria Alvarez Pallete, CEO of Telefonica and GSMA Chairman said: “In a world where conflict, food insecurity and economic uncertainty are at the top of the global agenda, mobile has never had a more important role to play. The GSMA’s SDG Impact Report demonstrates the transformational impact of communications in tackling these enormous challenges, acting as a catalyst for positive change and delivering meaningful progress.”

GSMA Director General, Mats Granryd, said: “The UN General Assembly in New York this week is a powerful reminder of the importance of collective action in the face of growing global challenges. The SDGs remain a guiding compass for global progress, and the mobile industry is proud to be both an advocate for them, and a crucial enabler of their delivery.

“Mobile connectivity and digital inclusion are essential tools to achieve the ambitious goals laid out in the 2030 Agenda and help the world face into the headwinds of global inequality, poverty and conflict. We urge policymakers to address the barriers that constrain private sector investment in high-quality mobile networks and to join in helping close the ‘usage gap’ that holds back so many from living up to their potential in our increasingly connected world. Together, we can harness the power of connectivity as a catalyst for economic recovery, social progress, and digital inclusion, improving the lives of millions worldwide.”

The mobile industry’s SDG contributions

  • The mobile industry increased its impact on all 17 SDGs in 2021, with the average year-on-year increase accelerating compared with 2020. The average SDG impact score across the 17 SDGs reached 53, up from 49 in 2020 and 32 in 2015, meaning the mobile industry is achieving 53% of what it could potentially contribute to the SDGs. Other highlights include:

    – There are now eleven SDGs where mobile’s contribution is over 50, compared to six in 2020 and none in 2015.

    – The mobile industry continues to achieve its highest impact on SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, driven by the reach of mobile networks and take-up of mobile internet services.

    – The biggest improvements were recorded in the industry’s contribution to SDG 1: No Poverty, SDG 2: Zero Hunger and SDG 4: Quality Education. This is due to the increasing proportion of people using mobile for life-enhancing activities such as accessing government services, applying and searching for jobs and obtaining educational information for themselves or their children.

Download the report at: https://www.gsma.com/betterfuture/2022sdgimpactreport

Notes for editors:

  • By the end of 2021, 5.3 billion people (66% of the global population) were using a mobile phone, while 4.3 billion people (55% of the global population) were also using mobile internet. This includes more than 3.3 billion mobile internet subscribers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where mobile is the primary and, in many cases only, form of internet access.
  • The ‘usage gap’ – those who live in areas covered by mobile broadband networks but remain unconnected – narrowed for the third year in a row, but still stands at 3.2 billion people.  The mobile industry and its partners continue to tackle the reasons for the usage gap, which generally relate to a lack of affordability, knowledge and skills, relevance, in addition to safety and security concerns.
  • Usage of mobile-enabled activities reached new heights in 2021, as mobile subscribers ventured further into online services.

    3.5 billion people (67% of mobile subscribers) used their phones to make video calls in 2021. This represents an additional 330 million people since 2020, aiding remote work and other online activities.

    – 2.5 billion people (48% of mobile subscribers) used their phone to access educational information for themselves or their children, representing an increase of 410 million since 2020.

    – 2.1 billion people (41% of mobile subscribers) used their phone to improve or monitor their health, representing an increase of 270 million since 2020.
  • Usage of mobile-enabled services remained considerably lower in developing countries. On average, the gap between the usage of mobile-enabled services in high-income countries and LMICs is 17 percentage points, underlining the importance of operator efforts to introduce more locally-relevant content and upgrade networks to enable access to services requiring a higher-quality connection.
  • The mobile industry is making continued progress on disclosing climate impact data and setting targets for emissions reductions. At the end of 2021, 66% of operators by connections and 82% by revenue disclosed their climate impacts, while 34% of operators by connections and 44% by revenue had set carbon reduction targets to be net zero by 2050.
  • Mobile and digital technology could enable just under 40% of the required CO2 reductions needed by 2030 within the top four largest-emitting industries. These four industries – manufacturing, power and energy, transport, and buildings – account for 80% of global emissions. 
  • There has been strong growth in the issuance of sustainability bonds in the mobile sector. This highlights that operators are increasingly securing funding on the basis of achieving social and environmental – rather than purely financial – targets.
  • With stakeholders getting smarter and more discerning when it comes to ESG claims, an effective and consistent approach to measuring and communicating performance is more important than ever. The GSMA has recently launched ESG Metrics for Mobile, a first-of-its-kind mobile sector ESG reporting framework featuring ten industry-specific KPIs. The KPIs will allow stakeholders to gain a much deeper understanding of the industry’s nuances and contexts, and create opportunities for the industry to demonstrate its impact in a more consistent manner. 

About GSMA

The GSMA is a global organisation unifying the mobile ecosystem to discover, develop and deliver innovation foundational to positive business environments and societal change. Our vision is to unlock the full power of connectivity so that people, industry, and society thrive. Representing mobile operators and organisations across the mobile ecosystem and adjacent industries, the GSMA delivers for its members across three broad pillars: Connectivity for Good, Industry Services and Solutions, and Outreach. This activity includes advancing policy, tackling today’s biggest societal challenges, underpinning the technology and interoperability that make mobile work, and providing the world’s largest platform to convene the mobile ecosystem at the MWC and M360 series of events.

We invite you to find out more at gsma.com

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[1] The ‘coverage gap’ refers to those living outside of areas covered by mobile broadband networks

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Messika High Jewelry Show: Strength, glamour and jewelry take over Paris Fashion Week

Naomi Campbell, Gigi Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, Nina Dobrev, Carla Bruni, Elsa Hosk, Derek Blasberg, Taylor Hill, Maya Diab, Enjy Kiwan etc. all gathered around Artistic Director Valérie Messika to celebrate her second runway show

PARIS, Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — For the next installment of her High Jewelry collection “Beyond the light”, Valérie Messika presents 29 silhouettes adorned with diamond sets, each more magnetic than the next. A show filled with femininity, modernity and avant-garde designs, playing on volumes, light effects and unexpected styling.

Naomi Campbell, Taylor Hill, Alton Mason, Toni Garrn, Cindy Bruna…, so many well-known names who graced the catwalk, adorned with exceptional jewellery inspired by a futuristic take on ancient Egypt.

Sizeable breastplates, mouth jewelry, ethereal pieces that accompany movement, captivating multi-colours, transformable pieces… A show under the sign of an assumed ultra-luxury House, unexpectedly mixed with Adidas streetwear looks.

These bold pieces embody the emblematic codes of the House: to dare, to surprise and to excel.

Closing the show, the iconic supermodel Naomi Campbell was adorned with the masterpiece necklace from the “Akh-Ba-Ka” collection.  The exceptional diamonds in this necklace were cut from the same 110-carat rough stone and which alone has 2,550 diamonds, creating a total of 71.49 carats.

In the heart of Paris, in a raw and industrial setting, the mystical aura of ancient Egypt and the eternal brilliance of diamonds illuminated a glamorous front row wearing Messika: Gigi Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, Nina Dobrev, Carla Bruni, Elsa Hosk, Derek Blasberg, Jasmine Tookes, Maya Diab, Enjy Kiwan and many others.

The friends of the Maison gathered together to celebrate this exceptional fashion show, with a DJ set by Diplo.

A unique High Jewelry evening that opens up an exciting new horizon for Messika.

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Hevo Data Recognized as "One to Watch" in Snowflake's Modern Marketing Data Stack Report

Hevo Data enables joint customers to build end-to-end solutions on Snowflake’s Data Cloud that accelerate data-driven decision making.

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Hevo Data, the intuitive data pipeline platform, today announced that it has been recognized as an Integration & Modeling ‘one to watch’ in the inaugural Modern Marketing Data Stack Report: Your Technology Guide to Unifying, Analyzing, and Activating the Data that Powers Amazing Customer Experiences executed and launched by Snowflake, the Data Cloud company.

Snowflake’s data-backed report identifies the best of breed solutions used by Snowflake customers to show how marketers can leverage the Snowflake Data Cloud with accompanying partner solutions to best identify, serve, and convert valuable prospects into loyal customers. By analyzing usage patterns from a pool of nearly 6,000 customers, Snowflake identified six technology categories that organizations consider when building their marketing data stacks. These categories include:

  • Analytics
  • Integration & Modeling
  • Identity & Enrichment
  • Activation & Measurement
  • Business Intelligence
  • Data Science & Machine Learning

Focusing on those companies that are active members of the Snowflake Partner Network (or ones with a comparable agreement in place with Snowflake), as well as Snowflake Marketplace providers, the report explores each of these categories that comprise the Modern Marketing Data Stack, highlighting technology partners and their solutions as “leaders” or “ones to watch” within each category. The report also details how current Snowflake customers leverage a number of these partner technologies to enable data-driven marketing strategies and informed business decisions. Snowflake’s report provides a concrete overview of the partner solution providers and data providers marketers choose to create their data stacks.

“Hevo’s strong performance and innovative approach within Snowflake placed them within the ‘ones to watch’ category due to their demonstrated customer success,” said Denise Persson, Chief Marketing Officer at Snowflake. “We look forward to observing their continued momentum in empowering our joint customers, and collaborating on our journey to data-driven marketing.”

Hevo Data was identified in Snowflake’s report as a ‘one to watch’ in the Integration & Modeling category for the ease with which it enables modern marketing teams to achieve accurate, near-real time analytics by integrating and transforming raw data from all their data sources with low latency and zero maintenance.

“Being recognized as a company to watch in Snowflake’s Modern Marketing Data Stack report is a testament to the dedication Hevo demonstrates to our customers,” said Manish Jethani, co-founder and CEO of Hevo Data. “We look forward to continuing to partner with Snowflake to create innovative approaches that empower our customers to adopt a best-of-breed marketing data stack to advance their business and serve their customers.”

Click here to read The Modern Marketing Data Stack: Your Technology Guide to Unifying, Analyzing, and Activating the Data that Powers Amazing Customer ExperiencesAbout Hevo: Hevo is an intuitive data pipeline platform that modern data analytics teams across 40+ countries rely on to fuel timely analytics and data-driven decisions within their organizations. Hevo helps them reliably and effortlessly move and sync data from 150+ SaaS apps and other data sources to any cloud warehouse and turn it analytics-ready through intuitive models and workflows.

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Top MNCs lauded by Frost and Sullivan Institute for their Commitment to ESG with Enlightened Growth Leadership Awards 2022

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Frost & Sullivan Institute commends Best-in-Class Companies with Global Enlightened Growth Leadership Best Practices Recognition for 2022.  Representing around 1% of all global Organizations, the recipients of the Enlightened Growth Leadership Recognition are making noteworthy strides toward ‘Innovating to Zero’.

“Sustainability is a megatrend that many companies are adapting to by developing forward-thinking, socially responsible strategies. An emphasis on sustainability also paves way for opportunities in process and technology innovation,” said Aroop Zutshi, Director, Frost & Sullivan Institute.

Frost & Sullivan Institute follows its proprietary, 8-step, measurement-based methodology, combined with extensive research, in-depth analyses, and benchmarking, to shortlist deserving companies.  Our Global think tank does a comprehensive review of all perspectives on where and how companies enhance the future of the planet.  With performance indicators such as growth excellence, innovation to zero on key global priorities, customer value chain, and technology innovation forming the basis of the selection process, the winners represent the best of the best.

Frost & Sullivan Institute congratulates all recipients of the Enlightened Growth Leadership Best Practices Recognition. As we did last year, we will recognize and celebrate the 2022 recipients at our Virtual Awards Banquet in November.

Recipients:

MKS Instruments, Inc.

Moderna, Inc.

Modivcare Inc.

The Mosaic Company

MSCI Inc.

Mueller Industries, Inc.

Netflix, Inc.

Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc.

Newmont Corporation 

Northland Power Inc.

Novavax, Inc.

NRG Energy, Inc.

Nutanix, Inc.

Nutrien Ltd.

NVIDIA Corp.

Occidental

OGE Energy Corp.

Olympic Steel, Inc.

Omnicell, Inc.

OpenTex

Option Care Health

Ovintiv Inc.

Palo Alto Networks

Par Pacific Holdings, Inc. 

Paycom Software, Inc.

PayPal Holdings, Inc.

PerkinElmer Inc.

Pfizer Inc.

Pinterest, Inc. 

Pioneer Natural Resources

Poly

Primoris Services Corporatio

Parametric Technology Corporatio

Pure Storage

Quaker Houghton

Qualcomm Incorporated 

Qualtrics

QuidelOrtho Corporation

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. 

About Frost & Sullivan Institute

The Frost & Sullivan Institute (FSI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to utilizing business practices to address global priorities. The genesis of the institute goes back to the vision of either creating, or becoming part of, a solution that addresses threats to humanity. The Institute has identified strategic imperatives for transformation and believes that we can truly accelerate innovation to zero. To learn more about FSI, visit www.frostandsullivaninstitute.org

About Frost & Sullivan

For six decades, Frost & Sullivan has been world-renowned for its role in helping investors, corporate leaders, and governments navigate economic changes and identify disruptive technologies, Mega Trends, new business models, and companies to action, resulting in a continuous flow of growth opportunities to drive future success. Contact us: Start the discussion.

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