Fascinating trends of mobile web and implications for web 2.0 for development

Title: Fascinating trends of mobile web and implications for web 2.0 for development
Author: Christian Kreutz
Source: Web2forDev
Date (published): 10/11/2009
Date (accessed): 11/11/2009
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes (HTML)
Abstract:
"The mobile phone is becoming a key device used in the contexts of most ICT4D approaches . But, so far, it could only be partially used to access web2.0 tools as this application would necessarily need its more sophisticated smart phone alter ego. What is the likelihood that an increasing number of people will soon have access to the Internet via their mobile phones? What role can the mobile phone play to leverage the shift to web2fordev? The latest statistics challenge us to rethink web2fordev.

The wide dissemination of mobile phones embodies the potential that an increasing number of people would soon be in the position to access the web through their phones. No doubt the high prices alone and the low-cost models without Internet access are still one of the many obstacles, but who could imagine five years ago that 45-50% of traffic to the BBC's mobile sport and news sites would come from African countries? This is one of many fascinating insights I picked up from the recent Mobile Web Africa conference over Twitter."

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