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... what I'm learning from the African tech blogs I'm reading ... …

... what I'm learning from the African tech blogs I'm reading ...

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  • 1. The Potential of Mobile Technology in Africa ... what I'm learning from the African tech blogs I'm reading ...
  • 2. Africa’s talking ... are you listening?
  • 3. Potential of Twitter to SMS
    • SMS connected internet world to cell phone world
    • Potential way to connect mobile phone users to internet
  • 4. The Problem with Fixed Telephone Lines
    • Ongoing lack of infrastructure:
      • Network coverage in rural remote areas has been and still is poor
      • Increase in copper prices = wiring is stolen just as fast as it is installed Malawimoto commented : thieves stole MTL phone cables the same day they had been replaced
  • 5. Mobile phones fill the communications gap
  • 6. The Stats
    • 280 million total telephone subscribers, of which some 260 million (over 85%) are mobile cellular subscribers http://www. itu . int/newsroom/features/ict_africa .html
  • 7. From No Phone to Cell Phone
  • 8. Cell Phone = Status Symbol
    • The top present to get for your girlfriend is a cell phone!
  • 9. The Usual Setup
    • Prepaid Sim Cards - usually from more than 1 provider
    • “ Flash me” option
    • Receiving SMS is free = like in Europe
    • Sending SMS 0.08 US$
    • 0.15 US$/minute
  • 10. Health Care Sector
    • FrontlineSMS is carrying out a pilot project in Namitete, Malawi
      • Use SMS to communicate between community health assistants and hospital
  • 11. Agricultural Sector
    • Rural farmers may connect to urban areas faster and compare prices, manage orders, check the weather report, etc.
  • 12. Media Sector
    • Report the crisis faster
    • Record eye witness reports
    • Circumvent state propaganda
  • 13. Ushahidi.org
  • 14. Sokwanele
  • 15. The Potential