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Marketing of mobile telephony in Tanzania

Back from my trip in Tanzania I have to show an interesting collection of images about marketing of mobile telephony around the country. As you can see they are pretty aggressive!

From cars to charts

From walls to houses

From billboards to shops

 

And they have clients of every age!¬† ūüôā

 


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Indian election are going on under constant monitoring

As previously reported the Ushahidi engine is being used to monitor the Indian elections. Here is the situation as of today.

Vote in India

I find very interesting having such a mix of content available on the site!


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More and more integration and convergence

The Digital World Forum “Africa Perspective on the role of Mobile Technologies in fostering social and economic development” held in Maputo 1 – 2 April 2009 seemed to have produced numerous interventions in support of the idea of convergence between tools.

Have a look at this two interviews with Ken Banks of FrontlineSMS on “Using SMS for climate adaptation activism”:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

and Bartholomew Fisher Sulivan of Farmer Radio International on “Connecting farmer radios to mobile phones”:
Vodpod videos no longer available.


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Numbers of the world of mobile phones

A very useful summary of the International Telecommunications Union’s 2009 edition of¬† Measuring the Information Society – The ICT Development Index (PDF, 1.53MB) has been published by Antonella Pastore on the blog of the ICT-Km Program.

A very interesting question comes out of the analysis: “is this the end of the Web as we know it?

The question is originated by the fact that mobile growth is so strong, also in comparison with the fixed line network, that mobile communication could overpass it pretty soon. Have a look at the stats about the cellular penetration growth in The Gambia and in Africa between 2002 and 2007:

The Gambia mobile communications growth

So doing, we go back again to the question that we have been treating many times in this blog: what’s next? What is the shape of the future communication and knowledge sharing tool/platform/device?

We arrive again to the matter of convergence between mobile and the Internet and the features it will have as you can read in the some related postings:

Who is using mobile phones for development

Who is using mobile phones for development Рpart 2

This closer marriage between Mobile and Internet

Will cellphones replace other ICTs?


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\o/ FrontLineSMS new release

kiwanja is releasing a new version of its famous software FrontLineSMS, the leading SMS management platform. Now the software allows users to manage forms to collect and share data:

You can read more on afromusing, an interesting blog on innovation, technology and beyond or on Ken’s blog.


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Share Fair 09 Session Report on “Mobile Telephony in Rural Areas”

On January 21, 2009, during the Share Fair 09 I was calle as panel expert at this interesting session on Mobile Telephony in Rural Areas“. The session is the follow up of the Online discussion on the same topic that I facilitated in November ’08.

In this report you can read more about the topics discussed during the session.


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Mobile Telephony in Rural Area – Final greetings

The Forum on Mobile Telephony just ended. I think this has been a very interesting discussion, not only for the postings themselves, but mainly for the large number and value of people involved, experiences described and points of view reflected during two weeks.

To give an idea the complexity and the value of our last discussion in this thread, I used wordle to create a cloud with the words used in the last conversation. In the image below you can see the graphical result of this exercise.

complexity