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Experts urge for mobile technology partnerships to accelerate Africa’s rise

Experts urge for mobile technology partnerships to accelerate Africa’s rise

Broadband, Mobile
Partnerships in the mobile technology sector are essential for Africa to achieve its development goals according to industry players that spoke to ITWeb Africa on the sidelines of the African Mobile 360 conference held in Dar es Salaam last week. Yasmina McCarty, Head of Mobile for Development at GSMA, believes increased cooperation can help to achieve wider and more affordable access to mobile services across Africa. "In Africa we see financial exclusion, we see people who don't have access to drinking water, energy or even sanitation. What we believe is that mobile technology plays an instrumental role in being a solution to the latent demand, if we can innovate and scale fast enough. We are really cheering on the continued growth of mobile connectivity because of what it can pro...

The poor invest in airtime to grow income, says study

Mobile
Many of Kenya’s poor would rather go hungry and walk to work than be short of airtime, according to a study commissioned by the World Bank. The preference reflects the changes in spending priorities brought about by the use of mobile phones. The study found that seven out of 10 poor people — referred to as the base of the pyramid in the report — cut down on food expenses to spare money for airtime. source