Cell Phones the Central Technology of Developing Countries

lagos-cell-phone-marketThis interesting article in the New York Times asserts that cell phones are even more important a technology in many third-world and developing countries than they are in many heavily industrialized countries like the United States.  Many countries are building cell phone towers in areas that never even had wired networks, spreading telecommunications for the first time by way of cellular technology.  By some counts, more people have access to a cell phone today than to a toilet.

Photo: Cells phones at an electronics market in Lagos, Nigeria (Associated Press)

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