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Mobile Affordability in the Pacific

by on August 31, 2011

I found the Network Strategies published Pacific Islands Mobile market updates for 2009, 2010 and 2011 both interesting and challenging pieces of research. The changing stats and mobile costs are useful to explore and it’s great they publish this research online annually for all to access.  In the market updates it appears affordability of mobile telecommunications has improved for many countries. But it is still incredibly high for countries like PNG where these costs are still working out at 20%-35% of income.

I also note Network Strategies has used (for 2011) the 2010 OECD released ‘ mobile usage baskets’ for calculation, 2009 and 2010 used 2006 OECD baskets. Are these baskets ‘representative of personal mobile usage in the Pacific’ as the report states it hopes is the case? Hard to say without Pacific user patterns… Do any telcos in the Pacific capture/collaborate on this? Maybe PITA has or could facilitate user pattern data from telcos? Also might be worth digging around she what other ‘user baskets’ get used for calculating affordability/cost outside the OECD.

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