Tag: africa

Why SMS in Africa?

Erik Hersman recently tweeted “I’d like to hear more on whether we should build SMS or internet services in Africa?”  This had the serendipitous effect of breaking a bit of a blogger’s block for me. I think most would agree...

/ 3 February 2010

Fair Mobile – Some data

Here is a first stab at putting together an index that relates the cost of mobile services to income at the bottom of the pyramid in Africa. I found some ILO data on minimum wage that covers 24 African countries...

/ 9 November 2009

Fair Mobile – A Start

Katrin Verclas and I and a few others have been kicking around the notion of Fair Mobile for some time now.  The essence of Fair Mobile is the idea of developing some metrics for equitable, competitive mobile markets that deliver...

/ 26 October 2009

Mobile Operators and Blue Gum Trees

I see in the press yesterday that Safaricom have won an innovation award for their MPesa service from a UN agency. “The Habitat Business Award for sustainable urbanization, which is organized by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), aims...

/ 28 July 2009

WGSDIA – Lobby For Cheaper SMS Charges

This third  “What Google Should Do In Africa” post could be subtitled “Grow some balls”.  Why, oh why, is it that Google, so unafraid to tackle telco and broadcast market behemoths in the United States, behaves like a timid NGO...

/ 30 June 2009