The 20 minute mini-doc on the Cell phone revolution in Kenya was based on a study co-authored by June Arunga of Open Quest Media. June is featured in the BBC News Night Documentary produced by Paul Mason. A BBC article on the feature highlights some of the dynamics in this rapidly growing market.
My friend Bruno Giussani of TED shared with me this video from the LIFT conference. There is enormous potential for mobile phone applications to fill in the gap left due to lack of services, and physical infrastructure. Interesting new businesses and business models to be discovered to serve millions of people. Why learn programming for laptops and desktops in a market where millions more have the mobile platform (and the numbers are growing fast), than will have laptops in the foreseeable future.
For a long time I have wanted to blog about the quest I have been on for the last 5 years. Calling it a quest is somewhat heavy, but for lack of a better word I will stick to that for now.
I am currently visiting Stockholm, Sweden. I arrived here over the weekend to pay a visit to the Ericsson head quatrers, "the world leading supplier in telecommunication". It has taken a long journey of several years to get here, but it has certainly been worth it.
The question that has driven me to Ericsson, and other companies in the mobile telephony business is : What lies behind the unprecedented success of the industry in Africa, and can these factors not only be encouraged in the telecoms industry, but also replicated in other industries such as electricity, water, security, education, health care and sanitation? Industries where just like telecoms less than a decade ago, people are still severely under served by the market.
It is late now, but I am glad I have put up this first post; taken the plunge, and so from now on, I will be sharing what I am learning right here. Welcome to my Open Quest.