Annex 1: Examples of network mapping

The GSMA interactive maps allow users to: • gain an accurate and complete picture of mobile coverage in a given country for each generation of mobile technology (2G, 3G and 4G); • assess the coverage status for every population settlement in the country, no matter how small or remote; • simulate the deployment of new mobile sites and estimate the population covered. The coverage maps have a number of use cases, but the main one is planning for rural infrastructure. For this, GSMA has developed algorithms that use the underlying data in the maps to generate optimal deployments that maximize population coverage while minimizing costs. GSMA thus helps mobile operators identify rural areas where they can extend coverage in a commercially viable way. It also helps the public authorities prioritize their connectivity efforts by identifying areas that require some form of subsidy or concession to lower the cost of deployment (e.g. import duties relief).

Figure A1.1: GSMA Mobile Coverage Map: example