Mobile phone data redraws bus routes in Africa

Researchers at IBM have redrawn the bus routes of Ivory Coast’s largest city using mobile phone data.

The research was completed as part of the Data for Development competition run by Orange which released 2.5 billion call records from five million mobile phone users in Ivory Coast.

The anonymised data is the largest of its kind ever released. read more

There will be more mobile phones than people by 2014: ITU

New Delhi: As global mobile-cellular penetration approaches 100 percent, by 2014, there will be more mobile phones than people on earth, says the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). In 2013, there are almost as many mobile-cellular subscriptions as people in the world, with more than half in the Asia-Pacific region, says the UN agency, the official source for global ICT statistics. The cell phone subscriptions will pass a whopping seven billion early in 2014. Mobile-cellular penetration rates stand at 96 percent globally; 128 percent in developed countries; and 89 percent in the developing world. read more

Chat app messaging overtakes SMS texts, Informa says

Instant messaging on chat apps, such as WhatsApp, has overtaken the traditional SMS text message for the first time, according to research firm Informa.

Informa said almost 19 billion messages were sent per day on chat apps in 2012, compared with 17.6 billion SMS texts.

The shift is likely to have a big impact on mobile operators, for whom texts have been a key revenue source. read more

 

Infographic: social media use by gender, age and network

Pew Internet released a study back in February entitled, “The Demographics of Social Media Users” which keyed into the social media use by gender, age and network (and ethnicity). There really weren’t too many a-ha moments in the study (and Google Plus was conspicuously absent), but it confirmed some key aspects such as:

– Women are present in greater number than men

– Social media usage increases inverse-proportional to age

– No social network approaches the popularity of Facebook

I thought this infographic was an especially simple and straightforward way to present Pew’s data (and it was created with visual.ly, an infographic site I really like). Let me know what you think.