Christmas is a religious holiday and the gifts of Santa and his peace-loving spirit are appreciated by people in lots of countries worldwide. Because of the Mobile Revolution in Africa it’s now even possible to provide your family and friends with gifts like airtime. That sounds like a great idea for Christmas, don’t you think?
Engineers from the Netherlands are known as the ‘water experts’, claiming to have extensive knowledge and experience with water management. Our crown prince is travelling across the globe to promote proper water management and use. Primary focus here is water management on a macro level executed by public institutions and governments: creating flood barriers, diverting rivers and canals, repel tidal influences. Development of disaster resistant mobile technologies, like the earlier published TTC Open GSM network, and forecasting and preventive mobile applications, like the cooperative effort by HKV and the Red Cross, provide opportunities to reconnect countries in despair and reduce casualties caused by excessive natural force.
Today is a very special day because 20 years ago the first text message ever was sent. In other words the main tool that TTC uses to reach out to people was invented 20 years ago. To me this is enough reason to celebrate! We’ve never seen such an effective tool to start a dialogue with people in developing countries. By using SMS we can reach people on a personal level with important information. Besides that, SMS is cost-effective, easy to use and via SMS people all over the world can have access to information in the palm of their hand. These are just a few reasons why we absolutely love SMS.
A few statistics
- SMS is now the world’s most intensively used data communication technology;
- Total SMS sent globally tripled between 2007 and 2010, from 1,8 to 6,1 trillion;
- Close to 200,000 text messages are sent every second!
- In 2011: 4,2 billion active users of SMS text messaging. That is 3 out of 5 people worldwide;
- It was also double the number of internet users, 5 times the number of Facebook members, and 14 times the number of Twitter users in 2011.