Africa’s grassroots mobile revolution

A very nice picture story about the mobile phone market in Africa by Ken Banks published by “Vodafone receiver magazine #20 | Emerging markets“. The story starts in rural Uganda and summarizes infrastructural issues and services in Africa.

Banks graduated from Sussex University in Social Anthropology and currently divides his time between Cambridge (UK) and Stanford University in California on a MacArthur Foundation-funded Fellowship. He is a close observer of a process he calls the “grassroots mobile revolution” and in this picture story, based on his African travels, lets us share some of his insights into how going mobile is transforming not only African societies, but also how it impacts mobile use in places a little closer to home. [snip taken from here]

Ken also writes this PC World article, where he dives deeper into the relation of phone manufacturers and their role in the process of developing LDCs …

While developed markets get excited by the iPhone, N95, BlackBerry, 3G, WiMax and Android, in developing countries, most excitement centers around the proliferation of mobile phones — any phones — into poorer rural, communication-starved areas and their potential to help close the digital divide. [snip taken from here]

[image by nchenga]

Africa’s grassroots mobile revolution
was published on 04.08.2008 by Martin Konzett. It files under global
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