How expanding mobile broadband coverage is lifting millions out of poverty

Remarkably little is known about how mobile access can pull citizens out of poverty. Image: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Carlos Rodríguez Castelán

Senior Economist, The World Bank

Pau Castells

Economic Research and Analysis Unit, GSMA Intelligence

Takaaki Masaki

Economist, Poverty and Equity Global Practice

Genaro Cruz

Senior Manager of Digital Inclusion, GSMA


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Areas covered by 3G are colored in blue Image: GSMA Mobile Coverage Maps
Impact of 3G/4G access on total consumption (point estimates) Image: Bahia et al. 2020.
Impact of 3G/4G access on poverty ($1.90) (point estimates) Image: Bahia et al. 2020.

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