The BlackBerry solution arrives in Ghana - implications for poverty?


The above is a Zain network coverage map of Ghana. As you can see, major roads are the focus of coverage and BlackBerry devices will be a welcomed addition to the country’s infrastructure.

In a partnership with Zain and EMS, RIM have announced the availability of BlackBerry in Ghana, one of the most stable countries on the African continent.

The carrier Zain has a 3G network, which means that customers and government clients will be able to have access to enterprise-grade smartphones. The first devices to hit the market include the BlackBerry Storm, the Curve 8900, Bold 9000 and the Pearl Flip 8220.

The partnership brings together three crucial companies for helping to further expand the country’s infrastructure and better channel resources to the eradication of extreme poverty. Increasing productivity and transparency are two key elements of improving governmental and corporate affairs, and it’s the hope of BlackBerry Cool that RIM will be a significant player in this regard.

Imagine the following scenarios:

  • BES infrastructure is implemented in all major organizations to ensure communication is instant and efficient.
  • Government workers are able to send communications from the field directly to the departments responsible.
  • Small businesses are able to better serve their clients and be constantly available, regardless of whether or not they are in office.
  • Logistics for delivering food, materials and aid are all greatly improved by the BlackBerry solution.

This is surely going to have a positive impact on the economy.

4 Responses to “The BlackBerry solution arrives in Ghana - implications for poverty?”

  1. 1 BlackBerryCool (BlackBerry Cool)

    The BlackBerry solution arrives in Ghana – implications for poverty?

  2. 2 David West

    I traveled in Ghana last summer with my TMobile BB 8800 — had voice everywhere, GPRS most places, and EDGE frequently. I spent a day on an island in the Volta River delta — no water, no electricity, but I had EDGE — was getting emails all day long. Traveling down the river you could see the cell towers on the horizon every few miles. The big gain for the developing world is the opportunity to skip copper entirely and distribute communications out to the countryside with minimal infrastructure investment. The really cool thing, to me, was how they’ve overcome the challenges of charging for service in an economy with no credit facilities and marginal postal service, fixed addresses, etc. In every town and village there are small booths selling top-up cards, as virtually all service is pre-paid. Market forces and entrepreneurship have found a way to devise a delivery infrastructure that works.

  3. 3 Unknown

    That would be absolutely fantastic!

    So, does this mean that people with a RIM-device can make use of the new network when available? And what internetspeed are we looking at?

  4. 4 Unknown

    Thanks for your comment David, thats great news for me that it IS possible to use my BB over there! And yes indeed, almost everywhere I went in Ghana there were these street vendors selling top-up cards haha..

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