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Posted by on Jun 10, 2011

Mobile penetration in Mozambique: data to support to mobile learning efforts

Building a bit on the previous post on recent efforts with mobile learning at the Catholic University of Mozambique, I thought this data might be relevant for two reasons.

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Cellular subscriptions in 2009 for Mozambique stand at roughly 26 people out of every 100. The presentation states that 99% of the students have mobile phones, which indicates a sharp increase from 2009 to 2011 (more than likely throughout the country) as well as a potentially skewed demographic of a. students and b. working people (presumably with a relatively stable income).

Mozambique in comparison to its neighbors (with 2009 data once again). Mozambique skews a little less than the average, but is comparable to most of its immediate neighbors, with South Africa representing the 500 pound outlier at close to 100% saturation (with 2009 numbers). Still the 26.08 per 100 people mobile (subscription) penetration here grossly outpaces the computer ownership rate in Mozambique, making it a prudent decision to focus on mobile phones and SMS ones at that. Nothing incredibly surprising here, but wanted to adhere any sweeping conclusions I was drawing from the project at the Catholic University of Mozambique to tangible statistics that could help support a larger national effort.

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