Even the in the most remote areas of the world, people use mobile phone.
The number of mobile phone subscriptions has jumped from 12.4 million to more than 5 billion in the last 20 years. There are more phones than people on the planet, and some countries like Hong Kong boast 200% penetration. Panama has 202.5%, Saudi Arabia 169.5%, Russia 155%, Brazil 136%… Comparatively, the US have “only” 103% mobile penetration and Japan 95%.
It is even more significant in developing countries: the quickest expansion has been in the developing countries, with 3.8 billion new users.
ICT can provide expertise and information to BoP people who, without it, face physical or financial challenges to access to these resources. Continuously increasing connectivity can help people at the BoP and entrepreneurs to make significant changes in their life.
Changes are already happening.
Today, in 9 African countries - Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe - have more mobile money accounts than bank accounts – championing financial inclusion by providing financial services to more people than traditional banks have been able to reach
Traditional BoP industries such as Agriculture - a more traditional BoP industry - are also disrupted. Innovative social businesses use ICT tools to gain productivity and also access to relevant data about products.
Learn which company are having a tremendous impacts on farmers by providing them with accurate market price information or useful weather forecasts.
Learn how an app has changed the life of 1 million people getting water at odd time only every 3 to 5 days, for about 4h/day.
Learn how mobile technologies has helped people getting better protected through micro-insurance system.