Monthly Archives: September 2007

GrameenPhone’s Success, Phone Ladies’ Loss

Who has not heard of Grameen phone ladies? In 1997, GrameenPhone (a for-profit affiliate of Grameen Bank) piloted an innovative concept called the Village Phone Program. GrameenPhone would lend money to village women under this program. Women buy a cell phone and airtime from GrameenPhone to become phone ladies. They start a service business renting out their phone and airtime to other villagers. Villagers talk

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Categories: asia, regions, resources

Afghanistan Cell Phone Statistics (Aug 2007)

Afghanistan cell phone usage and industry statistics:

Amirzai Sangin, Afghanistan’s Minister for Telecommunications, reported that cell phone service providers are signing up new users at a rapid clip. The country adds about 150,000 new subscribers every month.
Current cell phone calling rate in the country is about US$ 10 cents a minute. Cheapest top-up cards cost about US$ 1.
Of Afghanistan’s total population of 25

Categories: asia, regions, research, stats
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    (Guest blog by Heather A. Moore)

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