With his article called “Rural communication: Is there still a need for telecentres now that there are mobile phones?” Ion Howard of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) affords a very interesting topic.
The problem is real: will mobile phones replace other ICTs wherever they are not yet developed? In my opinion, they are a killer app BUT they won’t replace other tools completely because of their intrinsic limitation and the inability to manage certain kind of services.
On the contrary they are a very good complement to other ICTs, and particularly the Internet, mainly for their lower costs, the widespread ability of people to manage them, their usability and ubiquity. The idea is to focus today on the way to design this convergence between different technology and plan new integrated services.
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