Mobile Divides in Emerging Economies
Posted in: Digital Divide at 25/11/2019 00:43
Some still do not have mobile phones, and even phone owners struggle with connectivity and costs; they also face security issues
In some emerging economies, many do not own – or even share – mobile phones
As ownership of mobile phones, especially smartphones, spreads rapidly across the globe, there are still notable numbers of people in emerging economies who do not own a mobile phone, or who share one with others. A Pew Research Center survey in 11 emerging economies finds that a median of 6% of adults do not use phones at all, and a median of 7% do not own phones but instead borrow them from others. The mobile divides are most pronounced in Venezuela (32%), India (30%) and the Philippines (27%), countries where about three-in-ten adults do not own a mobile phone.