Connecting the Unconnected

by Imran Ali

A few weeks ago I wrote about Jan Chipchase's work in investigating mobile usage patterns in the developing world...the Next Billion.. Today, the BBC reported on Indian mobile base stations, powered by biofuels.

Writers often breathlessly speak of the potential of India's mobile telephony market often overlooking sporadic availability of electricity both for infrastructure and for charging handsets.

The GSMA appear to have recognised this problem and are addressing it using the most plentiful and accessible sources of energy.

I'd like to end this post with a quip about how Indian mobile coverage could quite literally be sh*t. That'd be really funny...but I won't.

UPDATE: The BBC seem to be running a few stories with these themes recently:

- Mobile phones to send money home

- Mobile networks powered by wind