About GSMA – Mobile for Development
Today mobile phones are the most popular and widespread personal technology on the planet, with global connections estimated to reach 6 billion in 2012. In the developing world, mobile phones have revolutionised telecommunications and leapt from market penetration rates of nearly nothing to 62%, with 20% growth in the African market just between the years 2009 - 2011. Most importantly, a significant proportion of these mobile connections are believed to be in the hands of low-income users. For example, over 40% of people living on low-incomes in Africa have access to a mobile phone.
As the one technology that is becoming widely accessible to all populations, including those at the bottom of the economic pyramid (BOP), there has been increased focus on the invaluable role mobile technology can play in improving social, economic and environmental development in emerging markets. As the remaining unconnected populations get access to mobile technology and the capabilities it provides, the lives of these populations will fundamentally shift. The simple increase in access to information at a faster pace, from new sources, will influence everything. Affordable mobile phones and the opportunities they usher in for the poor will be one of the most dramatic game-changing technologies the world has ever seen. Industry growth will happen with or without our intervention; the role of M4D IMPACT will be to educate all those interested in harnessing the power of mobile for good.
Uniting the mobile industry & development community to drive commercial services for underserved people. Mobile for Development Intelligence is an entrepreneurial group dedicated to leveraging mobile technology for good in the developing world.