MO­BILE PHONE OWN­ER­SHIP

Finweek English Edition - - CONTEXT -

To­day, over 3bn peo­ple in low- and mid­dle-in­come coun­tries do not own mo­bile phones, and most of them (1.7bn) are es­ti­mated to be fe­male, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port by the GSMA – which rep­re­sents the in­ter­ests of mo­bile op­er­a­tors world­wide . Women own and use mo­bile phones at lower rates than men due to bar­ri­ers such as cost, net­work qual­ity and cov­er­age, se­cu­rity and ha­rass­ment, agent and op­er­a­tor trust, and tech­ni­cal lit­er­acy and con­fi­dence.

Im­me­di­ately closing the gen­der gap in own­er­ship would help an es­ti­mated 200m women gain ac­cess to mo­bile phones to­day, the GSMA said.

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1.7 bn FE­MALES DON’T OWN

MO­BILE PHONES IN LOWAND MID­DLEIN­COME COUN­TRIES

MO­BILE PHONE OWN­ER­SHIP IN LOW- AND MID­DLE-IN­COME COUN­TRIES

Note: There are 80m fewer fe­males than males in low- and mid­dle-in­come coun­tries; un­con­nected pop­u­la­tion in­cludes

in­di­vid­u­als who do not own, but may bor­row phones.

14%

LESS LIKELY Women are on av­er­age 14% less likely to own a mo­bile phone than men,

which trans­lates into 200m fewer women than men own­ing mo­bile phones.

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