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One mobile tower and lantern at a time

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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.