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The cost of being connected: A phone for every woman needs an affordable charging solution

This post originally appeared on the GSMA mWomen‘s blog. James Wolfensohn’s New York Times op-ed highlighted the role that mobile phones can have on fighting the inequalities women in the developing world face. But a phone is not enough: phone charging remains a ...

World Bank Energy Day

An ESCO, an academic, and a telecom representative walked into a bank… Bad jokes aside, last month the World Bank hosted its annual Energy Day and invited the GSMA to participate on a panel entitled “Electricity and Telecom Services: Realizing Synergies?” The panel brought ...

Connecting dollars and cents to watts

We sit at an interesting intersection between mobile giants and small enterprises trying to deliver energy access. Our role is to facilitate the mobile industry’s involvement in delivering energy access. In this role we spend a lot of time speaking to smart, nimble and ...

Jatropha: From failed promise to bright future?

At the height of the 2008 oil crisis when emerging market governments were seeking paths to reducing their diesel dependence, Jatropha and biofuels emerged as promising solution. Riding the coat tails of initial successes in India, Jatropha Curcas, considered a hardy plant ...

How much must an MNO invest in mobile money before turning a profit?

Instead of asking “how much must I invest?”, the more relevant question practitioners have begun asking is “what costs will drive my financing requirement?”. To answer this question, let’s again examine the case of MTN Uganda’s MobileMoney.