The Government of the Republic of Estonia received the Government Leadership Award at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The judging panel highly regarded the policy approaches adopted by the Estonian government to support the deployment of mobile services, particularly in relation the provision of fibre backhaul in rural areas and the strong promotion and rapid development of 5G services.
Estonia has made excellent progress towards the digital transformation of its government services, based upon a robust digital identity for all citizens. Further, the panel was impressed by the focus on encouraging the take-up of mobile services in both the private and public sectors, particularly the fact that 95 percent of government e-services are available through a mobile ID.
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