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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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My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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