U.N. says mobile devices alleviate poverty

U.N. says mobile devices alleviate poverty
A study performed by the United Nations says that mobile phones can vastly improve the economies and quality of life in developing nations. The report also says that governments in those nations need to make a better effort to make those technologies accessible to everyone.

In developed nations, there are as many active mobile phones as there are people. In developing countries, mobile phone penetration is at 58%. The spread of mobile technology in those countries creates industries and jobs surrounding the mobile market, i.e. retail, repair, infrastructure maintenance.

The UNCTAD (U.N. Conference on Trade and Development) Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi cited India as a particularly good example of mobile penetration: "India has shown us the way in making it as cheap as possible so everyone can gain access to this kind of equipment." This is contrasted with Africa, where mobile technology is often cost-prohibitive.

As of 2008, half of developing nations' rural populations didn't have network coverage for their mobile devices. The study recommends that governments push to increase coverage for all their citizens. This is significant considering that wireless infrastructure is cheaper than landlines for Internet and phones. Better coverage would bring the same level of communication as in developed nations, but at a more affordable cost.

source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

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5 Comments

1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Why does it show the tribal guy? Lol.

2. unregistered unregistered

When America was a developing country, there weren't any cell phones. Furthermore, certain countries are still "developing" or not developing at all for reasons other than their lack of cell phones. It's hard to have a developed country if the people still hold on to old ancestral customs that get in the way of progress.

3. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Everybody dresses like that in Africa! They have no roads, no infrastructure and no clothes.. The U.N. is stupid for propagating this type of stereotype. Check out what Trevor Noah (South African comedian) has to say about Unicef ads on YouTube.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6r8uQglHZE

4. EVO4ALL unregistered

Wow, the article picture is ignorant.

5. emeka, london unregistered

Very true - Its happening in Nigeria - Changing the peoples lifestyle, improving communication, positively affecting the economy and providing Jobs, due to improved coverage and government support

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