Uganda: University Students to Access Course Works Using Mobile Phones_AllAfrica

Students from university and tertiary institutions will no longer have to worry about course works and other programmes. Sam Sung Electronic Co. Ltd is negotiating with different institutions so that students can access course works and other educative notes, using Sam Sung phones. This initiative will start before the end of this year.

“We are negotiating with Makerere University and other institutions so that students pursuing post graduate programmes can be the first to benefit from this initiative, “Simon Kariithi, Sales director, Sam Sung Electronic Co. Ltd said while launching Galaxy Sam Sung Galaxy pocket mobile product at Serena Hotel.

Kiriithi added that Kenyan Universities are already enjoying this programme. “We partnered with them and students who don’t want to attend the lectures, can access notes, using Sam Sung phones. Read More

Mobile Money for Business Development in the East African Community: A Comparative Study of Existing Platforms and Regulations, focuses on the East African Community (EAC1)

More than half a billion dollars are transferred in the region using cell phones each month through the largest of a number of commercial services on offer. The practice is burgeoning in developing regions where traditional banks and banking activities are in short supply, and most people lack access to financial services taken for granted in industrialized countries.

To ensure that mobile money services bring the desired broad benefits, especially to the poor, governments in the region need to address issues relating to telecommunications and financial regulation, the report says.

The EAC is a world leader in offering mobile money services and hosts more than one quarter of all known such systems in Africa. In a region where most people lack access to formal financial services, mobile phones offer a practical channel for obtaining them (see tables 1 and 2).

Given the pioneering role of the EAC in the field of mobile money, advances there are of particular importance. According to the GSM Association, which tracks mobile money deployments around the world, some 130 mobile money systems have been implemented since March 2012. Africa has taken the lead in mobile money implementation, with about 60 mobile money services already in place, a quarter (16) of which are in the EAC. Three of the EAC platforms now have more than 1 million active subscribers. M-Pesa, operated by Safaricom of Kenya, is currently the most popular platform. It has 15 million active customers who transfer an estimated $658 million every month. In addition, M-Pesa reports that it has over 37,000 mobile money agents, is linked with 25 banks and can be accessed via 700 automated teller machines (ATMs).

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Rising mobile Internet use could create new digital divide_itworld.com

A new Pew Research report is confirming the trend that more people than ever are using cell phones to access the Internet instead of desktop PCs and other devices and shows how the current digital divide is being bridged… and a new one could open.

The report’s findings show that 55 percent of cell phone users use their phones to go online, and of that group 31 percent use their phone the most to go online.

“That works out to 17% of all adult cell owners who are ‘cell-mostly internet users’–that is, who use their phone for most of their online browsing,” the report stated.

The use of cell phones for online use seems to be set along income and racial lines, as well.

“Half (51%) of African-American cell internet users do most of their online browsing on their phone, double the proportion for whites (24%). Two in five Latino cell internet users (42%) also fall into the ‘cell-mostly’ category,” the report read. “Additionally, those with an annual household income of less than $50,000 per year and those who have not graduated college are more likely than those with higher levels of income and education to use their phones for most of their online browsing.”

If these results are indeed representative of the population, it would mean that the so-called digital divide, where those with poorer incomes are not be able to access the Internet or use local software because they can’t afford a computing device, may be getting bridged through alternate means.

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Americans moving to mobile internet: Survey_timesofindia

WASHINGTON: A growing number of Americans use their mobile phones to access the internet, and some use that as their only device to get online, a survey showed Tuesday.

The Pew Internet & American Life Project found 88 per cent of US adults had a cellphone of some kind as of April, and 55 per cent of them use their phone to go online.

One out of six, or 17 per cent of cellphone owners do most of their online browsing on their phone, rather than a computer or other device.

Most do so for convenience, but for some their phone is their only option for online access, the survey found.

Young adults and non-whites are most likely to use their cellphones for the majority of their online browsing, it found.

Among 18-29 year-olds, 45 per cent said they do most of their online browsing on their mobile device. That was also true of 51 per cent of African-American cell internet users and 43 per cent of Latinos.

“Cellphones are convenient, always available — 64 per cent of cell-mostly internet users mention factors related to convenience or the always-available nature of mobile phones when asked for the main reason why they do most of their online browsing on their cellphone,” a Pew report said.

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