And relatedly: http://www.news24.com/Technology/News/SA-learners-lobby-for-free-Wikipedia-20121210 (from wikimedia-l).
I think there's a misquote though about the rollout of wikipedia zero in India. Best Bishakha On Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 6:23 PM, Srikanth Ramakrishnan < srik.r...@wikimedia.in> wrote: > Thanks for sharing this Anirudh. > Gives us a good idea of the global scenario on Wiki access in > 'third-world' nations. > > > On Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 4:19 PM, Anirudh Bhati <anirudh...@gmail.com>wrote: > >> FYI. >> >> ---------- Forwarded message ---------- >> From: Amit Kapoor <akap...@wikimedia.org> >> Date: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 5:09 AM >> Subject: [Wmfcc-l] TechCrunch: $50 Android Smartphones Are Disrupting >> Africa Much Faster Than You Think, Says Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales >> To: Communications Committee <wmfc...@lists.wikimedia.org> >> >> >> >> http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/10/50-android-smartphones-are-disrupting-africa-much-faster-than-you-think-says-wikipedias-jimmy-wales/ >> >> $50 Android Smartphones Are Disrupting Africa Much Faster Than You Think, >> Says Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales >> >> What phone does Wikipedia <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page> founder >> Jimmy Wales have in his pocket? An unlocked Android-powered 3G smartphone, >> made by Chinese mobile maker Huawei – which was selling for $85 on the >> streets of Kenya last year and now goes for $50. >> >> While the majority of Africa’s mobile phones are more basic >> talk-plus-text feature phones — recent figures from analyst ABI >> Research<http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/28/abi-africas-mobile-market-to-pass-80-subscriber-penetration-in-q1-next-year-13-9-of-global-cellular-market-by-2017/> >> suggest >> 3G connectivity accounts for 11 percent of the continent’s overall mobile >> subscriptions vs. GSM’s 62.7 percent – 300,000 of these $50 Android >> smartphones have been sold in Kenya, according to Wales and African carrier >> Safaricom’s CEO Bob Collymore. The pair were speaking at Vodafone’s Mobile >> for Good summit taking place in London today. >> >> “What I always thought about mobile in Africa…is this [smartphone >> adoption] is coming in the future — in the future someday,” said Wales. >> “Well the someday’s happening faster than I ever realised.” >> >> Wales’ own budget Android was brought back from Kenya by a friend and is >> now his personal smartphone. “The screen is a little smaller than the >> iPhone, it’s not quite as good but the battery lasts two days,” he joked. >> >> The Wikipedia founder has been spending the past couple of years working >> on Wikipedia Zero <http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Zero> – a >> project that’s aiming to broaden access to the online encyclopedia to those >> who don’t own a computer or can’t get access to 3G mobile data – but he >> says the pace of smartphone adoption in Africa is changing the digital >> landscape of the continent much faster than people think. >> >> The pace caught Wikipedia by surprise. The not-for-profit organisation >> had been focusing its emerging markets’ efforts on India but is now paying >> a lot more attention to Africa, thanks to the growth in ownership of cheap, >> Android-powered handsets — like the one in Wales’ pocket. >> >> “This phone actually woke my mind up,” said Wales, pulling the handset >> out of his pocket and holding it up. “This is what really got me energised >> to say let’s go back and take another look at Africa, because we had >> focused most of our attention on India with the view that it was ready for >> us to do things.” >> >> “If you go and you take a look at the numbers [of smartphone adoption in >> Africa]… the upward trend — obviously it’s still a very small penetration – >> but that upward trend is there really strongly. If you look at the total >> bandwidth into Nigeria, for example, it’s skyrocketing. >> >> “Things that are very hard for us to all imagine are going to happen much >> faster than we realise,” he added. “People are going to be coming online >> for the first time. There’s this vibrant community of young app developers >> growing in Kenya and Nigeria. >> >> “It’s mind-boggling to think what the possibilities are — and I’m super >> excited about it.” >> >> >> -- >> Amit Kapoor >> Mobile Partnerships >> Wikimedia Foundation >> >> >> _______________________________________________ >> Wmfcc-l mailing list >> wmfc...@lists.wikimedia.org >> https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wmfcc-l >> >> >> >> _______________________________________________ >> Wikimediaindia-l mailing list >> Wikimediaindiaemail@example.com >> To unsubscribe from the list / change mailing preferences visit >> https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l >> >> > > > -- > Srikanth Ramakrishnan > Member of the Executive Committee > Wikimedia Chapter [India] > > > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaindia-l mailing list > Wikimediaindiafirstname.lastname@example.org > To unsubscribe from the list / change mailing preferences visit > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l > >
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