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Introduction by Pete Cranston at the CTA ICT Observatory: Mobile devices in wireless environments - Wageningen, 2-4 November 2009

Introduction by Pete Cranston at the CTA ICT Observatory: Mobile devices in wireless environments - Wageningen, 2-4 November 2009

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  • 1. Introduction Pete Cranston
  • 2. Outline
    • Programme review
    • Introductions
    • From 2004 - 2015
  • 3.  
  • 4. Programme
    • Day One: Mobile Devices in a Wireless World
      • Introductions & Channels
      • Overview of the landscape (public meeting
    • Day Two: Services and rural development
      • Reflections
      • Mobile Services & rural development
    • Day Three:
      • Reflections & Implications
      • Capacity issues
      • Next Steps
  • 5. Introductions
    • Write three one sentence descriptions on a post it
      • What place or geography do you have in your mind, where you will seek to apply ideas from the Observatory?
      • People - who are your target groups or audience(s)?
      • Which Technology or Access Channel are you most interested in thinking and talking about?
    • Share your context with people on your table
    • Hand back the post-it notes for clustering
  • 6. Way back in 2004….
  • 7. Way back in 2004….
    • Feb 2004, FaceBook started (Sept 06 it opened to all users)
    • May 2004, MxIT released free version (started as game in 2003)
    • O’Reilly Media Web 2.0 conference
    • Before One Laptop per child (OLPC launched 05)
    • Around 80m mobile phone users in Africa
      • the last two countries on the continent, Guinea-Bissau and Eritrea, launched mobile services
      • Fewer than 8% of Africans own a mobile phone
  • 8.  
  • 9. "Text now for women's rights" Declaration sur les droits de la femme
    • A growing constituency of mobile phone users, in Africa is being mobilised to send text messages in support of a petition for women's rights in Africa.
    • Mobile phone users across the world can now send SMSs (Short Message Service/text messages) from their mobile phones to sign an online petition in support of a campaign urging African governments to ratify the African Union's Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa.
    • First time that SMS technologies used on a mass scale on the African continent in support of human rights
      • (January 01, 2004)|
  • 10. ICT Update
    • January 04
    • March 05
  • 11. Kevin Painting: What are the prospects for the future?
    • “ For instance, significant changes in the telecoms sector have led to a huge growth in mobile networks and the expansion and modernization of fixed-line telephone networks.
    • Digital, satellite-based radio broadcasting looks set to penetrate even the remotest areas of Africa.
    • Telecentres or phone shops stand to capitalize on infrastructure developments such as lowcost, two-way satellite voice and data services and broad-spectrum wireless links (WiFi)”
  • 12.  
  • 13. Sept 09
    • 250 million globally
      • 50% log in daily
      • 25% (65%) used the site from mobile devices
      • Nokia and Facebook announced a lifecasting app, that would make it easier for users to send status updates and their locations on the N97 and N97 mini Nokia models
  • 14.  
  • 15. MXit’s registered international user base has passed the 14 million mark
    • 5m+ in South Africa
    • Indonesia, over 1.3 million users
    • Expanding in the Philippines, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the African continent .
  • 16. The unstoppable rise of mobile phones
    • A few statistics
      • 3.4 billion subscribers worldwide (> 574 million in China)
      • New mobile phone subscriptions 2006 – 2008: 70% were in developing countries
        • Ghana (pop. 23.5 million): 7 million mobile phones users in 2008; only 200,000 in 2000
      • Globally, mobile financial services are predicted to be worth US$ 5 billion in 2010
        • Kenya: over 1 million people currently use the mobile banking system m-Pesa
  • 17. 2009…..
    • Google Redefines GPS Navigation Landscape: Google Maps Navigation & Android 2.0
    • Mobile Web usage surge continued in Sept – Opera (8.7% growth pcm)
    • Q1 2009, desktop sales down 16%, laptop down 3%, netbook leapt sixfold, 20% of all laptops sold.
    • Sept 09 Zain allows subscribers to send or receive money anywhere in the world using the Zap platform.
    • Oct 09: Kenyans can transfer money to/from UK using Mpesa
  • 18. 2014…
  • 19. ICT4D 2.0
    • If ICT4D 2.0 does shift the invention—use balance, that would mean:
      • Less emphasis on what might be used (the Internet and PCs), and more emphasis on what is actually used (mobiles, radio, television).
      • Less emphasis on fundamental technical innovation; and more emphasis on application and business model innovation.
      • Less emphasis on piloting and sustaining new applications, and more emphasis on assessing and scaling existing applications
  • 20. Introduction Pete Cranston

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