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The Potential of Mobile Technology in Africa

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

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The Potential of Mobile Technology in Africa

  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 <ul><li>SMS connected internet world to cell phone world </li></ul><ul><li>Potential way to connect mobile phone users to internet </li></ul>
  4. The Problem with Fixed Telephone Lines <ul><li>Ongoing lack of infrastructure: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Network coverage in rural remote areas has been and still is poor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul>
  5. Mobile phones fill the communications gap
  6. The Stats <ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  7. From No Phone to Cell Phone
  8. Cell Phone = Status Symbol <ul><li>The top present to get for your girlfriend is a cell phone! </li></ul>
  9. The Usual Setup <ul><li>Prepaid Sim Cards - usually from more than 1 provider </li></ul><ul><li>“ Flash me” option </li></ul><ul><li>Receiving SMS is free = like in Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Sending SMS 0.08 US$ </li></ul><ul><li>0.15 US$/minute </li></ul>
  10. Health Care Sector <ul><li>FrontlineSMS is carrying out a pilot project in Namitete, Malawi </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use SMS to communicate between community health assistants and hospital </li></ul></ul>
  11. Agricultural Sector <ul><li>Rural farmers may connect to urban areas faster and compare prices, manage orders, check the weather report, etc. </li></ul>
  12. Media Sector <ul><li>Report the crisis faster </li></ul><ul><li>Record eye witness reports </li></ul><ul><li>Circumvent state propaganda </li></ul>
  13. Ushahidi.org
  14. Sokwanele
  15. The Potential

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