A new study has revealed that that
A study entitled, 'Mobile Technologies, conducted by the
Over time, the report states that mobile subscriptions' contribution to
The study indicated that mobile phones support democratic participation, increase gender equality and improve education opportunities, while also making a significant contribution to economic growth.
Economists at IER Cologne calculated the percentage of economic growth that can be attributed to the increase in mobile phone subscriptions. The figure for
According to the IER Cologne experts' forecasts, mobile phones will continue to make a significant contribution to economic growth up to 2020.
The study includes a survey by Vodafone analysts, which states there will be an estimated 69 mobile phone subscriptions for every 100 Indians in 2020. Indian citizens began using mobile phones much later than Europeans. In
The study says that the fact that people have better access to information due to mobile phones has a positive effect on economic growth. For example, farmers receive information about the day's market prices or weather forecasts so they can make better decisions. Mobile communication infrastructure is a key one in these countries that allows establishment of economic institutions such as mobile banking services.
Worldwide, mobile phones are speeding up social development process, which was verified by using econometric methods. 'úThe figures show that mobile technology isn't just driving economic growth, but also social progress. Mobile phones are more than just communication tools. They give people the opportunity to participate in economic and social processes,' said Dr
There is statistical evidence that more mobile phone subscriptions correlate with more democratic participation. This is particularly evident in countries where mobile technology penetration is still relatively low, which indicates that democratic processes in emerging markets gain from the more widespread use of mobile technology. In many cases, mobile phones are the only opportunity for people to participate in political organisations and obtain information about political developments.
The scientists discovered that mobile phone adoption has a positive impact on education, especially in developing countries. For example, there is a statistically significant increase in the United Nations Education Index with a higher level of mobile phone subscriptions. More mobile phones mean better access to education. Development projects that explain crop growing and hygiene issues to people by SMS increase their level of education. Indirect effects have also been observed. Mobile phones help people coordinate their (family) lives better, leaving more time for education. The Education Index used for this analysis is part of the UN Human Development Index which measures the average number of years that children and adults spend in education in more than 180 countries.
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