Barcelona 27 Feb - 2 Mar 2017

7a. Government Leadership Award

The GSMA’s Government Leadership Award recognises world-class leadership in the establishment of sound telecommunications regulatory policies, based on clear principles that encourage private investment, such as transparency, free and fair competition, and regulatory independence.

The deadline for entries is Wednesday 23rd November 2016. The award winner will be announced in February 2017 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Past winners

2005: The Government of Brazil
2006: The Government of Pakistan
2007: The Government of India
2008: The Government of Egypt
2009: The Government of France
2010: The Government of Kenya
2011: The Government of Afghanistan
2012: The Government of Colombia
2013: not awarded
2014: The Government of Botswana
2015: The Government of Brazil
2016: The Federal Government of the United Mexican States


Entry is open to all national governments. There is no entry fee for this award category.

Selection criteria

Entries for the Government Leadership Award will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Development of a regulatory and policy framework that balances the government’s and investors’ interests
  • Good practice in terms of government transparency, public consultation and regulatory independence
  • Stable regulation that promotes innovation and long-term investment
  • Policies that facilitate access to mobile broadband
  • Good management of spectrum, maximising the value to society
  • Contribution to national economic and social targets as a result of mobile sector growth

Category judges will include senior representatives from industry and academia.

Application parameters

If you refer to a website in your application, please refer to one (1) website URL, where specific information relating to your application can be found. Please note the GSMA will not have time to browse websites looking for the information so please do not submit a URL for a homepage or an index page; the best possible URL will include specific information about your policies.

The online entry form includes an upload facility for you to provide multimedia content. You may upload five additional files to accompany your application, with a maximum file size of 5MB each. These may be government broadband plans or illustrations in PDF format, photos in JPEG format, or technical diagrams or statistics in PowerPoint format. Please ensure these are relevant to your entry and do not exceed two pages.

You are encouraged to submit one link to an existing video to support your application. This should be a video you have posted to YouTube either privately or publicly. If it is a private YouTube video, please provide the user name and password along with the URL. The video should be no more than five minutes long.

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Application form questions
In addition to your contact information, your submission must include responses to the following five questions.  A maximum of 250 words is permitted per question.


  1. What is the name of the organisation submitting this application, and on behalf of which country?
  2. What do you consider to be the key achievement of this country in relation to telecommunications/broadband policy-making in the past year?
  3. Which government initiatives in this country have successfully encouraged innovation and/or investment in the mobile industry?
  4. How has the work of this country’s government organisations contributed to the success of national economic and social policies over the past year?
  5. How has mobile broadband been promoted in this country, and which policies have been implemented to ensure the availability of sufficient and suitable spectrum for the mobile industry?