This has long been discussed; the large potential that exist for m4D, mobiles for development. But it is now cemented by data, which clearly illustrates how the internet is increasingly accessed in developing countries.
Mobile Overtakes Desktop
Note: It doesn’t necessarily mean that access on the desktop is reducing. No, look again, the y-axis is percentage, so it means it more of a ratio or percentage. The actual number of hits from personal computers may still be rising (or may be stagnant…or worse dropping) but clearly this shows that most of the hits to the internet from Nigeria have been from mobiles…from few months ago.
Permit me to say that Nigeria’s mobile internet (mI) generation began a while back. I feel opportune to be able to place my thesis right in this center of activity and investigate how this can be used to leverage health care, which is in dire need of a fix.
I think this data clearly makes an argument for expanding our global health arsenal to mobile web tools. More so as the current mobile internet price wars in Nigeria will further increase access to more people.
Lets leave it at that for now…
PS: Data based on thousands of sites on the StatCounter network (as recognized by ip address). By May 2010 the StatCounter site had 19,336,215 hits from Nigeria (out of a worldwide total of 16 billion hits)