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Thursday, 1 November, 2018
Quote of the week
"In SA, 11% of women said the main barrier was that they did not know how to use a mobile phone; 11% said the problem was the handset was not in their language, 11% had reading or writing difficulties, and 9% believed mobile was not relevant to them. Personal safety was also a barrier in SA, with 13% worried about strangers contacting them. Other concerns identified by South African women included information security, battery charging, network coverage, lack of access to agent support, lack of ID and family not approving. "
- GSMA Intelligence report 2018
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DIGITAL MIGRATION, MOBILE, GENDER GAP, DOC
"[Mobile] can empower women by making them feel safer and more connected, and provide access to information, services and life-enhancing opportunities like health information, financial services and employment opportunities, often for the first time."
The GSMA found 184 million fewer women own mobile phones than men. (Picture courtesy of The GSMA Mobile Gender Gap Report 2018)
Over 1.2 billion women in low- and middle-income countries do not use mobile Internet and 184 million fewer women than men own mobile phones in these countries.
This is according to a new report from the GSM Association (GSMA) titled: The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2018. The analysis is based on findings from quantitative face-to-face surveys in 23 low- and middle-income countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America. This includes SA.
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To ensure government speeds up the switch from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT), additional partnerships with industry players are required.
So said Department of Communications (DOC) minister Nomvula Mokonyane, affirming that lack of collaboration has, to some extent, contributed to SA's inability to meet the deadline set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Mokonyane made the comments at the government-led colloquium in the Free State yesterday. The colloquium's objective is to explore opportunities for the private sector, industry and local government to assist the DOC to fast-track analogue switch-off in the province.
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