The Regional Dialogue on the Information Society (DIRSI) has released a new report " Mobile Opportunities " (PDF), which aims to understand the strategies employed by low-income communities across Latin America and the Caribbean to access and use mobile telephony services, as well as to identify the major market and regulatory barriers for increased penetration and usage.
The results show that mobile telephony is highly valued by the poor as a tool for strengthening social ties and for increased personal security, and that it is beginning to prove useful for enhancing business and employment opportunities. Overall, the results suggest that the economic impact of mobile adoption by the poor is mediated by social capital variables such as the strengthening of trust networks and improved coordination of informal job markets. These findings reveal the continued need to innovate in business models that extend the market frontier for mobile telephony.
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