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1 Wide Open Access 2007 Jonas Myhr & Lars Nordstrom LIVELIHOOD CHANGES ENABLED BY MOBILE PHONES -the case of Tanzanian fishermen-

2 Wide Open Access 2007 Jonas Myhr & Lars Nordstrom Mobiles are spreading fast Real penetration is higher due to widespread handset sharing

3 Wide Open Access 2007 Jonas Myhr & Lars Nordstrom Fishermen are interesting to study Vulnerable out at sea Long distances Perishable goods Spend much time away from family and friends Large anecdotal reporting about fishermen in the world press

4 Wide Open Access 2007 Jonas Myhr & Lars Nordstrom Coordinate when to fish Collect weather information Preparing – During – After

5 Wide Open Access 2007 Jonas Myhr & Lars Nordstrom Coordinate when to fish Collect weather information Help in case of emergency Gather information about where to find fish Market information Preparing – During – After

6 Wide Open Access 2007 Jonas Myhr & Lars Nordstrom Coordinate when to fish Collect weather information Help in case of emergency Gather information about where to find fish Market information Coordinate fish pick-up Selling fish via mobile phones Preparing – During – After

7 Wide Open Access 2007 Jonas Myhr & Lars Nordstrom Mobile phones bring… Empowerment and higher control over life affecting events Improved business through improved supply chain management and market information Less risk and a more proactive risk management Poverty is not only a monetary issue!

8 Wide Open Access 2007 Jonas Myhr & Lars Nordstrom Our reflections and observations Areas that can turn out unsuccessful: Market information services Weather services Areas where we recommend action: Money transfer services Number portability

9 Wide Open Access 2007 Jonas Myhr & Lars Nordstrom Money transfer services All substitutes have severe drawbacks Money transfer via mobile is being done today in an informal way Money transfer possible today by mail, bus, middlemen, banks etc.

10 Wide Open Access 2007 Jonas Myhr & Lars Nordstrom Mobile Number Portability Loss of phone number can be equal to loss of income! Number portability gives a possibility to bring a phone number along when switching mobile operator. Number portability can increase bargaining power for mobile subscribers towards mobile operators. Can lead to lower tariffs and better service if properly implemented. (Measuring the Benefits of Mobile Number Portability, Lyons, 2006) Or is number portability more suitable for markets with higher penetration?

11 Wide Open Access 2007 Jonas Myhr & Lars Nordstrom Discussion Give a man a fish, and you will feed him for a day. But give him a mobile phone, and you´re really talking! Contact information: Jonas Myhr and Lars Nordstrom Contact information: Jonas Myhr and Lars Nordstrom Teach him how to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.


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