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Every third person in the world...



"Every third person in the world now has a cellphone!" Google News beams at me.

Of course Larry, just that most of these one-third are in the first world.

It's amazing how statistics can make you believe we live in an equal world. Now what did uncle Disraeli say about lies?







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-- Blogger K, 9/19/2005 05:31:00 PM

Not true actually, China has 350 million mobile users and India around 65 million. That is 415 million in these two countries alone - if you add up the rest of the APAC (excl Japan) you get another 250 mill. So there are close to three quarters of a billion in this part of the world. The mobile revolution has not taken off mainly in Africa. India is exepcted to have 250 mn cellular connex by end 2010, and we'll hit that target. Mobiles have been a huge benefit in the third world. Imagine you can get a phone in India in a few hours instead of a few years. every 10 per cent of telephony penetration can add around .75% GDP growth. I disagree with your proposition over here completely.
After all, I am a telecom correspondent among other things. Telecom is the best thing to happen to India in the recent past!    



-- Blogger shaun, 9/21/2005 06:32:00 PM

I knew this was coming. Yeah, it's been a big boon here, but does every third Indian have a cellphone? No. On the other hand, some first world countries are almost 100% mobile. I was commenting on the headline there, "Every third person in the world now has a cellphone," and how it uses a statistic to give the impression of a globally equal world.    



-- Blogger K, 9/21/2005 06:46:00 PM

Well, the stat isn't theoretically incorrect. But theoretically and practically are two different things I admit.    



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