Jeanne D’Arc Mukamuligo is one of 200 women weaving baskets for the Imasirire cooperative in Rwanda. She used to travel 40km just to purchase materials for her business. With mobile broadband in her village of Mayange, Jeanne can now order things online, saving time and money.
"Before I had internet access, I spent a lot of time and money on traveling every month," she says. "Internet access also helps me develop the business because I can e-mail and share information with clients from all over the world."
The basket-weaving business provides the women in the village with additional income for their families and is helping to raise living standards in the community. Mayange is part of the Millennium Villages project, fighting poverty at village-level through community-led development.
Mobile broadband connections, such as the one in Mayange, make geographical isolation less of a barrier to social and economic inclusion. The internet empowers people by providing access to knowledge and information that can help them learn, set up or expand a business, improve farming techniques, find a job and, in the long run, develop their communities.
Themba Khumalo, CEO of MTN Rwanda, says: "Access to mobile communication can have vast economic and social impacts for people living in developing countries. The creation of local, sustainable businesses provides a platform for stable economic growth that can greatly help reduce poverty."
Mobile broadband has great potential in emerging markets, bringing access and speed where other solutions can’t. HSPA provides full coverage, with seamless fall-back to other technologies in the 3GSM family of standards (including EDGE and GPRS). The 3GSM family is global, so it offers major economies of scale for systems, services and devices.
HSPA is the world’s dominant mobile broadband technology launched on more than 300 networks around the world with current speeds of up to 21Mbps. With more than 1600 HSPA-enabled devices on the market, it is the fastest-adopted mobile technology in history.
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