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Title: Mobile cellular telephone : fixed-line substitution in Sub-Saharan Africa
Authors: Esselaar, Steve
Stork, Christoph
Keywords: HOUSEHOLD SURVEYS
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
COMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE
TELEPHONE
FINANCIAL ASPECTS
AFRICA SOUTH OF SAHARA
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Southern African Journal of Information and Communication (SAJIC), The Edge Institute / Research ICT Africa, Braamfontein, ZA
Abstract: Mobile cellular telephones have been the success story of communications globally. In the developed world, mobile telephony is traditionally seen as being complementary to fixed-line telephony, primarily because of its pervasiveness but also because the fixed-line network provides access to other technologies such as broadband. This article finds that, in nine African countries, in contrast to the developed world, mobile telephony is a substitute for fixed-line telephony – across all income groups and not just low income households as previously thought. The article argues in addition that pre-paid payment options (not just for mobile phones) are key to increasing use by low income households because irregular incomes do not support regular financial commitments in terms of contracts.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10625/43235
Project Number: 101584
Project Title: Development of an African ICT Policy Research Network
Appears in Collections:Research Results (ACACIA) / Résultats de recherches (ACACIA)
IDRC Research Results / Résultats de recherches du CRDI
Infrastructure Policy and Indicators / Politiques et indicateurs en matière d’infrastructures
2000-2009 / Années 2000-2009

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