The ICT/poverty nexus [electronic resource] / Edith Adera and Julian May

Adera, Edith, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : United Nations, 2011.
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1 online resource (4 pages)
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United Nations
Over the past decade, there has been a remarkable growth in the use of information and communication technology across the world. Writing in 1999, Geoffrey Kirkman commented that half of the world's population had never made a telephone call. By 2011 this has changed dramatically, with mobile cellular networks covering over 90 per cent of the world's population, and there is the expectation that more than half of the world's population will be using mobile phones by 2015. Despite the persistence of widespread poverty, the use of mobile telephony in African countries in the last few years has grown more rapidly than in any other region in the world. There are now an estimated 500 million mobile phone subscribers across the continent compared to 246 million in 2008. By late 2010, Africa exceeded Western Europe in terms of the number of mobile connections. Further, although Africa lags in terms of other forms of ICT usage with an estimated 100 million Internet users, between 2000 and 2011 the growth of Internet usage exceeded 2,000 per cent, which is more than five times that for the rest of the world.
May, Julian.
Contained In:
UN Chronicle Vol. 48, no. 3, p. 30-33
Publisher Number:
10.18356/7ead7321-en doi
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