Tag: africa

ICT Access and Usage in Africa

In a couple of recent posts, I have mentioned the percentage of disposable income spent by Africans on mobile communication.  While I have  posted links to the research, I think it is worth singling out the work of Research ICT...

/ 30 April 2009

Mobiles in Africa – We Need The Eggs

At the end of the movie Annie Hall, Woody Allen says, this guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, ‘Doc, uh, my brother’s crazy, he thinks he’s a chicken,’ and uh, the doctor says, ‘well why don’t you turn him...

/ 29 April 2009

SMS Costs in Africa – 2008

Courtesy of the ITU’s Measuring the Information Society Report, here is a list of SMS charges in thirty-eight African countries.  The costs are listed in U.S. dollars and in Purchasing Power Parity dollars.  Interesting to note in the below that...

/ 14 April 2009

More on the 1 Cent SMS

Problem solved. You’ll be happy to know that the cost of an SMS has come down to 1 US cent….. if you live in the Philippines.  But the news is even better.  According to this article, the price of SMSes...

/ 26 March 2009

Nathan and the Mobile Operators

Imagine an alternate reality.  You’re an innovative start-up like Twitter or perhaps one of the many “adjacent possible” enterprises that Twitter has spawned.  You’ve designed your new service and are ready to take over the world.   All you need to...

/ 20 March 2009