Mobile Meetings Series: The integral role of mobile in the promotion of societal development
Mobile is the predominant infrastructure in emerging markets and new technologies are playing an essential role in the economic development of underserved populations. Increasingly citizens and governments have greater access to mobile devices bringing new opportunities for economic development via trade and investment in telecoms infrastructure.
Mobile technologies are already supporting the access of citizens to health information in rural areas, providing banking support to the unbanked, and facilitating information on pricing in agriculture goods for previously unconnected communities in emerging markets. Eighty percent of new mobile subscriptions now occur in the developing world and the expanding rate of mobile penetration will continue to lead to greater opportunities for governments to work with the private sector for economic growth in a variety of sectors.