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
>>
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