Box 43 Mobile creates businesses jobs and government revenues Grameen Phone

Since it first launched its services in Bangladesh in 1997, GrameenPhone has made an important contribution to the country by combining social and economic development. Through its low-pricing strategy, the company was able to increase competition, quickly bring down prices in the telecommunication sector and help increase mobile penetration from 0.3 percent in 1997 to over six percent in 2004. Besides connecting previously remote and unconnected areas, the company's Village Phone VP Program...

Figure 45 How egovernment saves time and increases transparency

Average time saved per e-government transaction, in minutes, EU, 2004 left and business sales by size of business, Chile, 2005 right Average time saved in minutes per minutes transaction, by service, EU 2004 80 70 -60 -50 -40 -30 -20 -10 -I 0 Business sales by size of business, 2005, Chile Source ITU adapted from European Union left and ITU adapted from ChileCompra. services procured by the public sector. The system also has a distinct advantage for the private sector since it provides an equal...