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  • The handsets, wholesale-priced at under $30, are targeted for markets such as India, South Africa, N

    Taipei, Taiwan ? The campaign to provide ultra low-cost handsets to developing markets crossed into its second phase Tuesday (Sept. 27) with Motorola Inc. rolling out several models based on its C11x platform that bring the wholesale cost below $30. Motorola introduced the new models at the 3GSM World Congress in Singapore when the GSM Association revealed the company had again won the tender to supply handsets to operators in emerging countries. The phones are targeted for markets a...

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    InformationWeek (link opens in a new window)
  • Expanding public-private partnerships is the best way to achieve African development breakthroughs

    The best solutions are found when the public and private sectors join forces. Sir, Jeffrey Sachs’ article (Ambition and action are as important as commitments, September 15) calls for urgent, comprehensive action by the international community to achieve internationally agreed development goals and objectives, including the Millennium Development Goals and a Green Revolution for Africa. It is true that the UN and Bretton Woods i...

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    Financial Times (Letters) (link opens in a new window)
  • Infineon develops platform design for ultra low-cost mobile phone

    The market at the bottom of the pyramid has begun to attract the attention of a variety of industries; one of the most recent being the semiconductor industry. ? A German company, Infineon Technologies, has developed a platform design for an ultra low-cost (ULC) mobile phone that the company believes could bring down the production cost of a functional mobile phone to below $20 from the current level of $35. ? At a press conference held today by Infineon, S Surya, managing di...

  • Managing Beyond the Bottom Line

    It’s a business, not a moral, rating. It looks at the world’s biggest corporations and asks, Do they understand how to create and exploit effective business opportunities by addressing the needs of the poor? Do they understand how to make money by investing in environmentally sound business practices? Are they, in short, prepared to maximize the opportunities for our changing world? Corporate social responsibility used...

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    FORTUNE (link opens in a new window)
  • Better and faster than politics

    Big business does much more to end global poverty than you might suppose.? Last summer I had a choice. On the one hand, I could take a senior role in a progressive think-tank at a fascinating time in British politics: the Blairite agenda was long in the tooth and the big questions - about justice, equality and nationhood - were proving themselves very much alive. On the other hand, I could join a consultancy helping international businesses sell to the world’s four billion poorest people.

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    New Statesman (link opens in a new window)
  • Twenty Five Global Innovators Named as 2005 Tech Museum Awards Laureates

    The Tech Museum of Innovation today announced the 25 Laureates for the 2005 Tech Museum Awards , presented by Applied Materials, Inc. At a black tie awards gala on November 9, Silicon Valley leaders and representatives from partners the United Nations Development Programme, The World Bank Institute, and Santa C...

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  • Nokia aims new phone at emerging markets

    Mobile phone giant Nokia said Wednesday it was expanding its range with a new handset to sell cheaply in rapidly growing emerging markets. The Finnish group said the folding 2652 model would have an estimated retail price of 100 euros ($121) and be sold from next month in China, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Nokia said it still saw plenty of untapped opportunities and was committed to ...

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    Reuters (link opens in a new window)
  • Wizz Kids And Cellphone Banking

    It would seem that MTN Banking was not the first to market with a pure cellphone banking product. Wizzit, a small company that has purposely stayed under the radar screen for fear of being trampled on by the bigger banks, launched a cellphone-banking product in November last year. Without any above-the-line advertising, it has sent 740 previously unemployed Wizz Kids into the townships and rural communities to assist people in opening a Wizzit account on their cellphones --...

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