Much has been happening with the Mobilium Global team over the past few weeks. With high speed developments in mobile and especially so in the BRIC and developing markets, Mobilium have been staying on top of some of the most exciting mobile developments from around the world.
Our latest focus has been in Africa, where contrary to public understanding, Africa is showing a major advance in all aspects of mobile payments, mobile money and mobile commerce where subscribers are able to buy anything they want using their mobile device as the payment instrument and mechanism. We went to Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and South africa to check all of this out and what did we find ? We saw in each of these countries new developments that would leave the established and “older” world, surprised and jealous of the way that mobile users in Africa are getting savvy to new apps and usages despite the low penetration thus far, of smartphones.
We have also spent time in the Middle East and Egypt taking part in the United Nations’ World Summit Awards where 40 companies from around the world won special awards for mobile apps and inventiveness across the categories of m-Health, m-Government, m-Culture, m-Enetertainment and m-Business. The Cairo ICT Summit and gathering under the auspices of the Minister of ICT in Egypt was a fascinating experience all round: since the Arab Spring Revolution a year ago, mobile continues to be a major driver for effective commercial and social change.