Tuesday, August 02, 2005

The Impact of Mobile Phones - Summary...

Vodafone website for the report

From the Summary: "Mobile telephony has a positive and significant impact on economic growth, and this impact may be twice as large in developing countries as in developed countries. A developing country which has an average of 10 more mobile phones per 100 population between 1996 and 2003 had 0.59 percent higher GDP growth than an otherwise identical country. Fixed and mobile communications networks, in addition to the openness of the economy, the level of GDP and other infrastructure, are positively linked with Foreign Direct Investment into Africa and the impact of mobile telecommunications has grown in recent years." By Diane Coyle, Leonard Waverman, Meloria Meschi, Mark Williams, Dominic Waughray, and James Goodman, The Vodafone Policy Paper Series, Number 2, March 2005. The full summary is found on the linked page, and the full paper can be downloaded as a 69 page PDF document.

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