Three-quarters of the world’s population have access to a mobile phone according to the World Bank reports Abuja’s Leadership newspaper.
According to the report the global financial organisation and its technology entrepreneurship programme, infoDev, have stated that mobile communication is moving onto a “new level”, at the centre of which is “not so much about the phone, but how it is used.”
A report, entitled Information and Communications for Development 2012: Maximising Mobile, says that more than 30 billion mobile applications or ‘apps’ were downloaded in 2011.
There is a marked increase in usage of mobile phones to improve lifestyles, specifically amongst consumers in developing countries
“Mobile communications offer major opportunities to advance human and economic development – from providing basic access to health information to making cash payments, spurring job creation, and stimulating citizen involvement in democratic processes,” said World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development Rachel Kyte.
“The challenge now is to enable people, businesses, and governments in developing countries to develop their own locally-relevant mobile applications so they can take full advantage of these opportunities,” the bank stated.