Internet of Things (IoT) involves connecting devices to the internet across multiple networks to allow them to communicate with humans, applications and each other. IoT is set to have a huge impact on our daily lives, helping us to reduce traffic congestion, improve care for the elderly, create smarter homes, and much more.

This four-week course will provide a high-level overview of the IoT concepts from a mobile perspective, outline the role IoT can play in enhancing the productivity of industry and explore the implications that IoT has in terms of policy and regulation.

Course objectives

  • Understand the benefits IoT can bring to citizens, consumers and businesses.
  • Learn about the key difference between IoT and traditional telecoms services.
  • Discover the policy and regulatory implications of IoT.

Who should attend this course?

  • Individuals who want to gain a solid understanding of IoT technologies, business models and regulatory issues.
  • Regulatory or legal professionals who have not previously worked on IoT projects, but need to quickly gain a solid understanding of the area.
  • Entry and mid-level engineering staff who understand many of the technical aspects of IoT, but need to gain knowledge of issues related to IoT business models, as well as IoT policy and regulation.

The benefits for you and your organisation

  • You will learn the key concepts behind IoT technologies and services.
  • You will understand the IoT value chain and commonly used IoT business models.
  • You will gain detailed knowledge of IoT policy and regulation issues such as privacy, data localisation, security and numbering.
  • You will have new insights into key trends in IoT technologies and services around the world.

Course structure and study time

The course consists of four sessions as outlined in the course agenda.

You will gain access to all of these sessions at the start of the course and you can work through them at your own pace, making it easy to fit your learning around work, family or personal commitments. Each session uses compelling visuals, clear audio commentary and lots of interactive elements to keep you engaged as you learn. You can also revisit topics at any point throughout the course to refresh your knowledge. At the end of each session there is a short, multiple choice quiz, to test that you have retained the knowledge you have learned during the session. You will need to pass this quiz in other to move on to the next session.

During the course, there are four live video chat sessions with the course trainer where you have the opportunity to ask questions about the content of the course. Additionally, you can ask the course trainer questions on the course forum and use the forum to exchange knowledge with other students.

It should take you no more than two to three hours of study time per week to finish the course in four weeks. You will have, however, an additional three weeks to complete it, so the course will be open to you for a total of seven weeks. If you decide to submit a final project, it is likely to take you four to six hours to put it together. You can submit the final project at any point during the seven weeks that the course is open to you.

Course completion certificates

To qualify for a course completion certificate, you must view all the course sessions and correctly answer all the multiple choice quiz questions you will find as you progress through the sessions. You will also need to fill out the course survey to give us feedback on your experience on the course.

You do not have to complete a final project to earn a course completion certificate but we strongly encourage you to create one. Putting together a final project will give you an opportunity to reflect on the principles covered during the course and help you discover how they could be applied to your own work. If you submit a final project the course trainer will provide you with valuable feedback that you may find useful in your day-to-day job.

If you have any additional questions about this course, please do get in touch.

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Duration: 4 weeks
Start date:
20 January 2022
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Barbara Pareglio
Technical Director & Capabilities Director, Internet of Things Programme, GSMA

Barbara has over 20 years of experience in the mobile industry. She has been part of the GSMA Internet of Things Programme since 2014, working on several aspects of the IoT such as the development of the Mobile IoT Technologies (LTE-M, NB-IoT), GSMA IoT Security Guidelines, GSMA Drone Interest Group and looking at a variety of emerging technologies, like machine learning/AI and edge computing, for helping the mobile industry to create trusted solutions for the IoT. Before joining the GSMA Barbara worked in R&D in several areas of telecommunications, including Intelligent Networks, IMS, Service Enabling and M2M/IoT. She also participate in and actively contributed to several standards.

The GSMA Internet of Things Programme help operators to fully realise the opportunity in the IoT, operators must deliver secure IoT networks as well as scalable value added data services for the world’s industry and machines beyond connectivity. This is to be achieved by industry collaboration, appropriate regulation, optimising networks as well as developing key enablers to support the growth of IoT.



Andrea Guajardo
Partnerships and Delivery Manager, GSMA

Andrea is partnerships and delivery manager for the GSMA’s Capacity Building programme. Based in Santiago, Chile, Andrea manages the GSMA Capacity Building online training courses delivery to regulators and policy makers worldwide and leads capacity building partnerships with the World Bank, ITU, among others. She holds a Master’s degree in Linguistics, a Bachelor’s degree in Education in English from the University of Santiago of Chile, a Diploma in International Relations, and a Diploma in Women and Global Public Policy from the University of Chile.


Course Agenda

Internet of Things

Session 1

• A definition of IoT and associated concepts

Session 2

• Outline of the key differences between IoT and traditional voice and messaging services
• Forecasts on the growth of IoT

Session 3

• The technology of IoT networks and the IoT value chain

Session 4

• Spectrum for IoT solutions
• Benefits of 5G for IoT

Session 5

• Commonly used business models in IoT

Session 6

•  Case Studies

Session 7

• Policy and regulatory considerations for IoT

You can view a more detailed agenda here.

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