Optimisitic numbers

Even though I didn’t make it to Telecom Africa, I couldn’t escape the African motive. Recently, I came across some optimistic numbers about adoption of ICT in the region. The ITU report, cited here, suggests that (a) there is currently more technology in Africa and (b) it is more evenly spread across the continent (the more interesting observation in my view). At the same time, it suggests that people in Africa find mobile more useful, compared to the internet, which is not surprising provided the price of internet access (the cite states a figure of $50 and that is a lot!). In fact, the mobile market is showing impressive growth in other developing countries, which makes it supposedly an interesting aim for foreign investors.

I wonder though, what is the impact of adoption of these technologies on the lives of people? Do they make their lives easier? Happier? More prosperous? How do they use it? How different these ways are from what we are used for? What business and technological innovation is taking place in this process?

Quite fascinating…

3 Responses to “Optimisitic numbers”

  1. Josh Braun Says:

    Quite a few people are conducting small- and personal-business transactions in Africa using mobile-to-mobile. There’s a nice NPR piece on it here:

    http://www.onthemedia.org/transcripts/2008/04/25/03

  2. Dima Says:

    Thank you Josh!

    There is also an interesting and related video from Google Tech Talk talking about this: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6411905727447752181

  3. Josh Braun Says:

    Looks cool. I might use it for the course I’m TA’ing next semester. I just need to find the time to watch it all the way through…

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