Research Project in Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä Leader: Professor Laura Stark

Project Background and Objectives

One problem shared by the poor in all developing countries is lack of affordable access to relevant information and knowledge services. There is widespread consensus that information and communication technologies (ICTs) present one solution to this problem, with mobile phones showing particular promise. Mobile phones are more affordable than computers, require less infrastructure, do not require the user to have much technological knowledge or even to be able to read and write, and are easy to carry from place to place. Read More

Developer Economics

Our research is based on an online survey of 1,500+ developers from across the globe, as well as 20 qualitative interviews. Our sample was global, including developers not just from North America, Europe and Asia, but also from Africa, Oceania and Latin America.

Here are some of the many insights from the report:

– The average per-app revenue is in the range of $1,200-$3,900 per month, depending on platform
– Irrespective of which platform they primarily use, the majority of developers (57%) plan to adopt Windows Phone
– Tablets are now a mainstream screen for developers: more than 50% of developers are now targeting tablets, with iOS developers most likely (74%) to do so
– North America tops app demand with 41% of developers indicating this is a top-3 download region, irrespective of their region of origin Read More

Africa Ahead of Most of Europe with 4G

Africa is currently the fastest-growing mobile market; thus far, countries such as Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania are 4G Internet efficient

As the continent of Africa grows economically, its citizens work hard in many sectors to help the continent shed the label of “developing” in order to be considered “developed.” All over Africa, independent nations are taking the next step to global communication that could possibly change the way that the world interacts with them.

“It is the fastest-growing mobile market in the world and the biggest after China,” the BBC reported in 2011, “…there will be more than 735 million subscribers by the end of 2012.” With those statistics, it is no surprise that some countries in Africa have become connected to 4G internet before many countries in Europe. Read More

‘Mobile phones soon to be only means of internet access for many people’_afriquejet

Accra, Ghana – For many people around the world, the mobile phone soon will be the only means of accessing the internet, according to Ericsson, one of the world’s leading providers of communications technology and services. Ericsson’s second Traffic and Market Report – On the Pulse of the Networked Society – received in Accra on Sunday, says 85 per cent of the world’s population will have internet coverage via 3G by 2017 and there will be close to nine billion mobile subscriptions, compared to six billion by the end of 2011. Read More