Better Than Nothing

November 2004
Business Communications Review;Nov2004, Vol. 34 Issue 11, p4
Trade Publication
The article discusses nature of telecom in Nigeria and Korea. Developing countries like Nigeria struggle with a culture of government corruption and, of course, terrible poverty. As spotty and erratic as it is, the telecom infrastructure in Nigeria at least seems to work better than the road system or power grid. Interestingly, however, the two extremes of the telecom landscape seem to be focusing on the same hot technology: Wireless. In Nigeria, the impetus is obvious: The installed landline base is small and as unreliable as the rest of the country's utilities. Wireless offers at least the hope of a fresh start. In a country of 130 million people, no more than half a million ever got wireline telephony, while 2 million cellular lines were sold in the first year of availability, and that figure has more than doubled-to 5 million. Wireless is a slam dunk in a developing country. That's because wireless is engineered to be better than nothing, and nothing is what most folks still have in places like Nigeria.


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