DAR-ES-SALAAM, Tanzania has been chosen to host an international mobile telephony workshop where leaders from across Sub-Saharan Africa will evaluate digital access and inclusion, network coverage and the quality of customer experience.

The workshop, scheduled for July 11 to 13 in Dar-es-Salaam, will examine how mobile telephony is being used to achieve the United Natiuns' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa; growth and innovation; and creation of local and relevant content.

According to Global System Mobile Association (GSMA) Chief Marketing Officer Michael O'Hara, positive transformational impact of mobile telephony is being felt more profoundly in Africa than anywhere else in the world, with more than half a billion people across the continent now subscribed to a mobile network.

The Mobile 360-Africa series of workshops is hosted by GSMA, an international trade body representing the interests of mobile operators worldwide.

This connectivity is providing them with a gateway to a range of other essential services in areas such as digital identity, healthcare and financial services, said O'Hara, developments that are expected to be discussed across the entire Mobile 360 Africa agenda.

The workshop, which expected to be opened by Tanzanian Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hasan, will also feature discussions on how Africa can leverage mobile technology to advance the development of a digital Africa.

In addition, the workshop will highlight the initiatives and activities undertaken by the GSMA Mobile for Development programme, with a focus on its work to increase access to and use of life-enhancing mobile services, acceleration of socioeconomic improvements for the underserved, especially women, rural and youth, and particularly digital and financial inclusion and identity for the unregistered.