ICT Observatory 2009: Introduction

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

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ICT Observatory 2009: Introduction

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

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