Vodafone funds internet development in Africa

17/03/2010

Vodafone Funds Internet Development In Africa

Vodafone has announced it will donate $1 million (£653,000) towards projects to train entrepreneurs in Africa to use the internet as a platform to empower local communities.

People who are encouraged to hear examples of technology being used for good may also be impressed to know that Vodafone encourages its customers to recycle their old mobile phones.

Under its most recently-announced funding, Vodafone said some of the money will be used to research how to make the web more accessible for people in developing economies.

More than 70 per cent of the global population has access to fixed or mobile communication devices which can display internet content.

"It is clear that the creation of the world wide web, combined with the growing ubiquity of mobile technology, presents us with a unique opportunity to drive positive change," Vittorio Colao, chief executive officer of the Vodafone Group, said.

The network operator states that recycling mobile phones helps to extend the life of useful components, reduce waste sent to landfill and allows those in developing countries like Africa who cannot afford a new phone to purchase a cheaper, refurbished model.

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Posted by Ryan White