"M2M -- yes!
For example, in the case of solar home systems, M2M communication (via a phone chip and sim card in the solar system) allows for the system to be enabled and disabled remotely, which facilitates pay-as-you-go. But an unexpected…"
"I particularly liked Mike's story of mobile banking allowing consumers or small business owners to develop a trustworthy credit history that can qualify them for loans.
This is another example of leapfrogging, where the systems that grow up in…"
"Hi Courtney, I agree with you about markets enabling the cream to rise to the top. I much prefer to see customers choose the products and service that work best for them rather than have it decided for them.
On the topic of standards, which…"
"Access to electricity can be a major limitation. Products designed for a western market may not handle power outages well. That was the motivation for our work on solar chargers and motorcycle-to-phone chargers."
"Hi Paolo, nice to e-meet you.
I've seen incredible adoption of mpesa in Kenya, and I'm curious what you all think about how mobile money can spread to other countries. In our work in Nigeria we've experimented with…"
"Since land lines are not available in much of the developing world, the availability of mobile phones represents a fundamental transformation, not just an incremental improvement.
For health, my former host family in rural Gambia can use phones to…"