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mobile density

From: Janusz Lukasiak <janusz@eumx.net>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2008 16:13:18 +0200
To: "MW4D Group" <public-mw4d@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20080811140102.M81283@eumx.net>

On Mon, 11 Aug 2008 10:14:14 +0100, adesina iluyemi wrote
> I am suggesting that we consider the economics and financial 
> factors mediating the diffusion of mobile/wireless 
> technologies in developing countries. We should consider how 
> the bottom of the pyramid market can have access to these 
> technologies. [...] For example, 
> Nigeria is regarded as the biggest mobile market in Africa 
> with about 53 million subscribers. 
Even if one accepts the '20 million mostly rich urban dwellers'
claim, Nigeria's mobile density is of the same order as e.g. India's.
But, AFAIK, India pioneered the shared mobile access, with
an enterprising individual 'hiring' the handset to the caller for the
duration of the call.

But these figures is of only marginal interest to us.  We are in a
position to develop better ways of mobile internet access
for those who use a mobile, whether owned or shared.  
Making mobiles more affordable is (unfortunately) well outside this 
group's scope and abilities.

Janusz Lukasiak
Received on Monday, 11 August 2008 14:13:58 UTC

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