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New GSMA Report on Sustainable Access to Energy & Water through M2M Connectivity

Over the past year, the GSMA Community Power from Mobile team has researched and documented the emergence of new ventures and academic projects leveraging GSM Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connectivity for Energy and Water service delivery in emerging markets. The report ...

Mobile Ideas & Startup Incubation in Dakar

With approximately 34% of its population living on less than US$1.25/day, Senegal ranks 155 out of 187 countries in terms of poverty 1. Yet, with more than 44% of mobile market penetration (unique subscribers)2, Senegal is in the Top 10 of the most mature mobile markets in ...

Capturing mobile ubiquity: Our top 5 pictures from our travels in 2012

It’s hard to envision mobile ubiquity: how do you convert the growth projections of the mobile industry in emerging markets into something tangible?  We spend quite a bit of time travelling to the edge of the mobile network to see first-hand what it means for mobile to be ...

Post-Sandy Energy Blues: An Everyday Reality for Off-Grid Mobile Users in Emerging Markets

Although no longer a hurricane when it reached the northeast coast of the United States late last October, Superstorm Sandy still packed a huge wallop—causing flooding and evacuation of many New York and New Jersey neighbourhoods. CNN reported New York Mayor Michael ...

Community Power from Mobile goes to West Africa

Early this month, energy was a hot topic in West Africa and CPM wanted to be a part of it! We hopped on planes from Nicaragua, London, India, Dubai and Kenya to meet in Accra, Ghana. Mary was the first to arrive and spent time at the first International Off-grid Renewable ...

A Look at Azuri’s Mobi Solar Mobile Phone Charging Unit in Kenya

The is a guest post by Simon Collings, Chief Operations Officer at GVEP International. In the remote communities around Ganze, near the Kenyan coast, charging a mobile phone is a major challenge.  The nearest source of electricity may be 15-20 km away, about a three hour ...

Solar power has a place in Mozambique: From the central and southern provinces

Islands of Connectivity From Muxuenge in the province of Sofala, the sandy road west heads 80 km to the town of Chitobe, soon leaving behind a power line and any evidence of easily accessible water supplies.  It is a dedicated task to receive an SMS on your mobile phone ...

The Other M2M Opportunity: Enhanced Utility Access in Emerging Markets

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology is primarily about enabling the transfer of data between machines. With the help of a module operating through a communications network, the data is collected, evaluated and if necessary, a response is triggered. Thus, M2M interfaces ...

One mobile tower and lantern at a time

“The happiness on his face was the same as I had on the day that my father bought me the first television. This was in 1972. Seeing the boy and his reaction, I felt both happy and sad. Happy because you see that you’re contributing to bringing smiles to the boy and his ...

Calling out in the dark

On July 31st India experienced a blackout of historic proportion. Over two days 700 million people, 9% of the world’s population, were left without power in is what is being called the worst blackout in human history.  Across eastern and northern India, hospitals and basic ...

Global LEAP and Using Mobile to Help Close the Energy Divide

The Community Power from Mobile (CPM) programme is a proud participant in the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) – an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy, the World Bank, TERI, and the United Nations Foundation, in support of the UN ...

Sustainable Energy for All: How mobile operators can support energy access

Over 1 billion people worldwide—or one in five—lack access to electricity, and 95% of these people live in Sub-Saharan Africa or Asia. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared 2012 the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All (SEFA), and launched a global initiative ...

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.