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Demand utility and impact of low-cost mobile communications in developing countries. Peter Johnston European Commission, DG Information Society. PDJ presentations/sustainable development/UNESCO – ICT for capacity building : May 2005. Wide utility.

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Peter johnston european commission dg information society

Demand utility and impact of low-cost mobile communications in developing countries

Peter Johnston

European Commission, DG Information Society

PDJ presentations/sustainable development/UNESCO – ICT for capacity building : May 2005


Wide utility
Wide utility in developing countries

  • Accessible to the illiterate and those without keyboard skills;

  • Inherently multi-lingual;

  • Easy to use;

  • Cheap, light and can be personalized;

  • Low energy use: Battery recharging from local, renewable sources


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The way to lower costs
The way to lower costs in developing countries

Low-cost is not low-tech

  • Greater electronic integration;

  • Standardisation and economies of scale

  • Greater energy and spectrum efficiencies

  • Economies of scope – multi-functional integration : telephony, messaging, e-payments……..

    Plus : Innovative business models


Benefits
Benefits in developing countries

Personal benefits :

  • Strengthened social networks – Family and friends; Personal security; Avoid the need to travel for information, and new business opportunities.

    Business benefits :

  • Lower transaction costs; Wider trade networks and markets, and secure payments;

    Macro-economic benefits

  • Increased growth, greater social inclusion and wider participation in business and employment


Mobile communications and capacity building
Mobile communications and capacity-building in developing countries

  • Mobile communications has immediate and wide utility in both developed and developing countries;

  • The is substantial demand for affordable mobile communications, even in the poorest communities;

  • It can be met by a new generation of low-cost systems currently under development, for which sound business-models for deployment exist;

  • Increased use of mobile communications can make a major contribution to growth and social inclusion in developing countries;

  • Benefits will only be realised with continued investment in technology development, and by an environment for business innovation in developing countries.