Afghan Women Tolerate Beating for Cell Phones in Emerging Market

Author: Simon Clark, Bloomberg, Published on: 12 July 2011

For women in emerging markets, cell phones can be life changing, offering banking services to free them from the dangers of carrying cash, texting when the communal water tap will open or sending instructions in prenatal care. For the wireless industry, signing up 600 million female subscribers in the developing world by 2014 could be a revenue bonanza...according to the London-based GSMA...“We are not ashamed to say that this will benefit business too,” says Trina DasGupta, director of the GSMA’s MWomen program, whose members include AT&T Inc. in the U.S. and Bharti Airtel...The U.S. is helping fund MWomen to bring women’s handset use on par with men’s and change “the all-too-common belief that cell phones afford more freedom to women than they deserve,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said...[also refers to Vodafone Group, France Telecom, Investec Securities, Telecom Development Company Afghanistan, Roshan, Safaricom, Stagecoach Group, Hubli, Green Dreams, Movirtu, Cerescom]

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Related companies: AT&T Bharti Airtel France Telecom (now Orange) Investec Movirtu Safaricom Stagecoach Group Vodafone