Saturday, 14 March 2009

Mobile World Congress 2009

16 - 19 February 2009. Barcelona. More than 47,000 visitors from 189 countries attended the GSMA Mobile World Congress, the leading event for the mobile communications industry. The four- day conference and exhibition attracted executives from the world's largest and most influential mobile operators, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies and media and entertainment organisations, as well as government delegations. 50 per cent of Mobile World Congress attendees hold C-level positions, including more than 2,800 CEOs.

Hereunder are the vodcasts and podcasts related to Africa:

Market Intelligence: How Mobiles are Helping Farmers and Fishermen
In markets throughout the developing world, mobile phones are playing a significant part in trade and commerce. Godrey Fwamba works for the Kenya Agricultural Commodity Exchange. Each day he visits the Nairobi market, collects prices from the local traders, then sends them back to his office via SMS, where they are made available to farmers. Pradeep Kumar is the skipper of the Sreevaltsom, which trawls the seas of Kerala, India. He uses mobiles to check fish prices, ensuring he lands his catch at the most profitable quayside market. An exclusive TelecomTV Report from Kenya and India. Recorded: 13/03/2009 - Nairobi, Kenya and Kerala, India

Mobile Money
Mobiles are enabling micropayments and even full alternative banking facilities, in both the developed and developing world. So much so, that the GSMA has launched a new Mobile Money for the Unbanked initiative.
Panel: Hans Paulsen, Vitalis Olunga, Lucas Skoczaowski, Patrick Kariningufu, Gavin Krugel / Title: CCO, Head of International and Wholesale Services, CEO, CEO, Director of Mobile Money / Company: Uganda Telecom, Safaricom, Redknee, RwandaTel, GSMA / Recorded: 05/03/2009 - Barcelona, Spain

Peter Bladin, VP, GF Director, Technology Center, Grameen Foundation
The Grameen Foundation's Technology Center develops micro-finance systems using Telecommunications technology to bring financial services to some of the poorest, emerging nations in the World. Recorded: 20/11/2007 - Landmark Hotel, London, UK

Executive Insight: Chris Gabriel, CEO, Zain Africa
Pan-African operator Zain has rewritten the rulebook on roaming, by allowing cross-border access without additional charges for its 56 million customers. With operations in 22 countries in Africa, Zain is now expanding globally. Recorded: 09/12/2008 - London, UK

Michael Joseph, CEO, Safaricom
The CEO of leading Kenya mobile operator Safaricom explains how CSR helped his company establish its brand, and how offering low value prepay scratch-cards matched the "live for today" model of low income customers in the emerging country. Recorded: 18/11/2008 - London, UK
Interview with Hamadoun Toure
The ITU's Secretary General talks about the commitments of African leaders to develop ICT in Africa. Recorded: 17/06/2008 - ITU Telecom Africa, Cairo, Egypt

Rwanda: Using Mobiles to Combat AIDS
Today, over 300,000 people live with HIV/AIDS in Rwanda. But providing healthcare and education requires good communications. The government has recognised the ability of mobile phones to connect its network of hospitals and clinics, and has created TRACnet; an innovative scheme to help with the treatment and prevention of AIDS. Recorded: 13/03/2009 - Various locations, Rwanda