Tag: Telecom Policy

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How the ANC is Squandering South Africa’s Digital Future

The release last week of ResearchICTAfrica (RIA)'s report on mobile phone pricing in Africa has provoked a little controversy in South Africa. The facts are quite damning. South Africa has some of the highest mobile costs on the continent. This...

/ 18 April 2012

Will the Real Mobile Impact Please Stand Up

I’ve just finished reading Jenny Aker and Isaac Mbiti’s Mobile Phones and Economic Development in Africa. This is an excellent paper and well worth the read. The authors have done a great job in tempering a generally positive view of...

/ 4 January 2011

Fair Mobile Research from South America

The South American research network, DIRSI, have just published a report entitled “Tariffs and affordability gap of mobile telephony services in Latin America and the Caribbean” which profiles mobile affordability in Latin America and the Caribbean.   In this post I...

/ 8 April 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