Madagascar, the connected island??

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1. Opportunities

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Here are the promoted ICT situation in Madagascar (and also in many African countries):

  • Competitive costs
  • Tele-service companies (call centers, telemarketing, seized televisions, etc.)
  • Excellent ability to speak French and English without accent
  • More than 900 students are rolling ICT training in 51 existing institutes and universities and over 200 new skilled graduates per year in telecommunications and information technology
  • Technology Parks
  • High value-added mobile application development structures
  • Integration structures of high-tech solutions
  • etc.

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2. Reality

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No internet connection

90% of Madagascar population below poverty line

Electricity access rate: 15%

So, Madagascar’s ICT reality is:

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This billboard is in « frengasy » (a mix of French and Malagasy, the two official languages in Madagascar). The literal translation is as follows:

WE INSTALL
music audio, movie, music video, Java application
Android application
SALES of genuine memory cards
PHONE REPAIR
PHONE BATTERY RECHARGE

Such is OFFLINE business in Madagascar.
« PHONE BATTERY RECHARGE », it costs 500 Ar = 0.15 USD to recharge one (1) phone

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