Navigation Links
Africa cell phone boom beneficial -- but schools, roads, power, water remain critical needs
Date:8/9/2010

one boom requires complementary access to public infrastructure and an adequate regulatory framework.

For example, a fast-growing mobile phone company in Nigeria struggled to maintain electricity to the 3,600 base stations that communicate its cellular signals, the researchers say. Ultimately the company kept the mobile towers operational by deploying its own generators which burned 450 liters of diesel a second.

In sub-Saharan Africa, say the researchers, only 29 percent of roads are paved, and barely 25 percent of people have access to electricity. While it's helpful and efficient for a manufacturer to take customer orders via mobile phone, a company's production is limited by the lack of a reliable power source and access to markets.

"Also needed are appropriate policies and regulations that can promote the development of innovative mobile phone-based applications such as mobile banking services that have the potential to positively impact the economic livelihood of Africans," Mbiti says.

The researchers also cite areas where more research is needed, such as the number of direct and indirect jobs created by the cell phone industry; whether mobile phones actually drive increases in gross domestic product; accurate mobile phone penetration rates; and whether cell phones are driving consumer surpluses due to increased market competition.

While there are some limited assessments of the impact by economists in Niger, Uganda and rural South Africa, for example more research by economists is needed, say Mbiti and Aker. They hope their study will spur economists to delve deeper into the long-term impact.

Boom improves daily life

Despite the extreme poverty of many Africans, mobile phone coverage has jumped from 10 percent of the population in 1999 to 60 percent in 2008, say Mbiti and Aker. Mobile phone subscriptions have skyrocketed from 16 million in 2000 to 376 million in 2008, they say.

<
'/>"/>
Contact: Margaret Allen
mallen@smu.edu
214-768-7664
Southern Methodist University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. One-third of antimalarial medicines sampled in 3 African nations found to be substandard
2. Most maternal deaths in sub-Saharan Africa could be avoided
3. Orange Healthcare Joins the mHealth Alliance to Develop Mobile Health Solutions in West Africa
4. African-Americans attitudes about lung cancer may hinder prevention
5. Malaria research must be based in Africa
6. Hope Phones, IntraHealth and FrontlineSMS:Medic Collaborate on Phone Donation Campaign to Support Health Workers in Africa
7. Step Up to Speak Up Events Use Spoken Word and African-American Greek Tradition of Stepping to Raise Awareness for Organ and Tissue Donation
8. New Report Says African-Americans and Hispanics More Likely to Have Alzheimers Disease And Dementia Than Whites
9. New Report says African-Americans Two Times More Likely to Have Alzheimers Disease and Dementia Than Whites
10. High School Student's College Prerequisite: Save Five Thousand Lives in Africa. Teen Supports Nothing But Nets in Malaria Fight
11. Free Shipping On Hand and Body Lotions Made with African Shea Butter
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/2/2015)... Getting customers to discover a whole ... this March as the 31st annual Frozen Food Month ... Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) to stimulate the ... than 20 delicious frozen selections and is thrilled to ... frozen options are crafted with simple ingredients, no preservatives ...
(Date:3/2/2015)... Today the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) officially ... and support the more than 5.3 million Americans who are ... the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month by conducting ... for the 2015 to 2017 campaign is: Not Alone. ... the general public about the incidence of brain injury and ...
(Date:3/2/2015)... Market Publishers Ltd is extremely happy to offer ... Analysts Inc and recently added to its catalogue. , ... 2018, the global radiation therapy equipment market is poised ... suggests a holistic analysis of the situation in the ... covers the top market trends. The publication uncovers data ...
(Date:3/2/2015)... Tyrone Christopher, Co-founder of Soft Candy ... the model agency industry, have launched Softcandy.sexy, an online ... Fruit, Pink Grapefruit, Pomegranate, and or Vanilla flavored organic ... At a cost of alienating a few potential patrons, ... announcing the brands commitment and support of a Fine ...
(Date:3/2/2015)... SAN ANTONIO (PRWEB) March 02, 2015 ... as quality processes, customer service, pricing and long-term strategy, ... as its vendor of choice for member centers’ testing ... blood centers and represents more than 30 percent of ... recent member meeting. , “BCA is committed to drive ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Take a Fresh Look at Frozen with Ian’s 2Health News:Brain Injury Association of America Launches “Not Alone” Campaign for Brain Injury Awareness Month 2Health News:New Topical Research Reports Prepared by GIA Now Available at MarketPublishers.com 2Health News:New Topical Research Reports Prepared by GIA Now Available at MarketPublishers.com 3Health News:Sex Sells! A Newly Minted Organic Bodycare Brand Courts Controversy at a Cost 2Health News:Blood Centers of America Chooses QualTex Laboratories as Vendor of Choice 2Health News:Blood Centers of America Chooses QualTex Laboratories as Vendor of Choice 3
... Mozes HealthDay Reporter , MONDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay ... suggests, with more would-be suitors embracing the notion that Mr. ... A review of roughly 400 studies and surveys reveals that ... online dating scene has gone mainstream, shedding all vestiges of ...
... , FRIDAY, Feb. 3 (HealthDay News) -- ,Extended synaptic ... a new study suggests. During the first few years ... absorb information and experiences from the environment in a way ... This is due to extended synaptic development, according to ...
... THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors have long known ... but a new study suggests that people who are physically ... suffer a stroke. Researchers in Spain found that people ... better to clot-busting drugs, had less brain damage and were ...
... By Margaret Farley Steele and Steven Reinberg ... disease appears to spread through the brain, traveling from neuron ... or cancer moves through the body, new research with mice ... that abnormal tau protein -- already identified in the brains ...
... , THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Sometimes, ... study suggests that where the itch resides is ... help improve understanding of itch and might even help folks ... Yosipovitch, a professor of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical ...
... State project that allows hospital patients to inform hospital personnel ... time, is the winner of the 2012 REACH Developer Challenge, ... Challenge. "As a former health care provider, I have witnessed ... see a doctor, and I have seen family members worried ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:More Americans Seeking Love Online: Study 2Health News:More Americans Seeking Love Online: Study 3Health News:Why Human Brains Are Smarter Than Chimp Brains 2Health News:Being Fit Before Stroke May Aid Recovery 2Health News:Being Fit Before Stroke May Aid Recovery 3Health News:Mouse Study Suggests Alzheimer's Spreads Through Brain Like an Infection 2Health News:Mouse Study Suggests Alzheimer's Spreads Through Brain Like an Infection 3Health News:Pleasure in Scratching an Itch May Depend on Location 2Health News:Penn State team's QR code wins REACH Challenge 2Health News:Penn State team's QR code wins REACH Challenge 3
(Date:3/2/2015)... MENLO PARK, Calif. , March 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... medical device company that has developed and commercialized an ... pain, today announced that Brad Vale , PhD, ... (JJDC), has been appointed to its Board of Directors, ... has over 30 years of experience in developing, commercializing ...
(Date:3/2/2015)... , March 2, 2015  DURECT Corporation ... Epigenomic Regulator Program, and the successful completion of ... lead product candidate DUR-928.  DUR-928 is an endogenous, ... broad applicability in metabolic diseases such as nonalcoholic ... and in acute organ injuries such as acute ...
(Date:3/2/2015)... SAN DIEGO, March 2, 2015 Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014. Financial ... and a net loss of $5.3 million, or $0.04 per ... net loss of $22.0 million, or $0.19 per share, for ... year 2014 include revenues of $75.3 million and a net ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Nevro Appoints Dr. Brad Vale to its Board of Directors 2DURECT Announces Epigenomic Regulator Program including a New NAFLD/NASH and Acute Organ Injury Product Candidate in Development 2DURECT Announces Epigenomic Regulator Program including a New NAFLD/NASH and Acute Organ Injury Product Candidate in Development 3DURECT Announces Epigenomic Regulator Program including a New NAFLD/NASH and Acute Organ Injury Product Candidate in Development 4DURECT Announces Epigenomic Regulator Program including a New NAFLD/NASH and Acute Organ Injury Product Candidate in Development 5Halozyme Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2014 Financial Results 2Halozyme Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2014 Financial Results 3Halozyme Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2014 Financial Results 4Halozyme Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2014 Financial Results 5Halozyme Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2014 Financial Results 6Halozyme Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2014 Financial Results 7Halozyme Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2014 Financial Results 8Halozyme Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2014 Financial Results 9
... Novocure, a commercial stage private oncology company, announced ... supply agreement with ITT Electronic Systems, a subsidiary ... (NYSE: ITT). ITT Electronic Systems supplies Novocure with ... disposable electrodes for the NovoTTF-100A System, an FDA ...
... American Pacific Corporation (NASDAQ: APFC ... its Fiscal 2011 third quarter financial results on Thursday, August ... and Chief Executive Officer and Dana Kelley, Vice President, Chief ... at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Callers may listen ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Novocure Announces Long-Term Supply Agreement With ITT Corporation for Ceramic Sensor Technology 2Novocure Announces Long-Term Supply Agreement With ITT Corporation for Ceramic Sensor Technology 3American Pacific to Release Financial Results and Hold Fiscal 2011 Third Quarter Investor Teleconference 2
... Laboratories is a national reference laboratory and ... and development. ARUP offers an extensive test ... tests in clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned ... clients include more than half of the ...
... a national reference laboratory and a worldwide ... ARUP offers an extensive test menu of ... clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by the ... more than half of the nation's university ...
... Laboratories is a national reference laboratory and ... and development. ARUP offers an extensive test ... tests in clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned ... clients include more than half of the ...
... national reference laboratory and a worldwide leader ... offers an extensive test menu of highly ... and anatomic pathology. Owned by the University ... than half of the nation's university teaching ...
Medicine Products: