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SaaS in Africa

Software as a Service is going to play a big role in the African context. You will be able to reach a significant portion of the population if your solution is mobile as well, as opposed to using traditional models of delivery. Without current (power), desktops and laptops just don't really get going, while mobiles are everywhere, and get powered as and where it is possible. I wonder if there are figures about rural mobile penetration for Sub-Sahran Africa?

Researchers are already jumping onto the mobile idea, with English 2nd Language (ESL) courses being tried out in India my Matt Kam at Berkeley [1] and mobile Maths via IM here in South Africa by a cooperation between several institutions including the Meraka Institute [2]. Interestingly enough the mobile Maths idea is run in SA on a commercial service called MXit, which has also attracted a lot of negative press lately, by the rather conservative South African press, so it is good to see a positive aspect demonstrated.

[1] http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~mattkam/millee/
[2] http://mobiled.uiah.fi/

Posted: May 14th 2007 05:18

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