This sesmester I researched mobile phone diffusion in Africa. I was surprised at all the things I learned and I felt inspired. Here’s my abstract:
Mobile phone penetration in Africa has spurred a plethora of speculation and theories regarding the continents adoption of the technology. This paper will implore Rogers’ Diffusion of Innovations (DoI) theory as a framework to examine the contributing factors of the adoption of mobile technology in Africa. It will also provide examples that correspond to the factors outlined in the theory. After fully examining parameters of the theory and it’s unique correlation to African mobile phone experience, the paper will then analyze the impact of mobile phone adoption and diffusion on the continent. In the same manner, the paper will include research findings that show current initiatives and experiences of the mobile phones in Africa.
I created a website to represent all my data. You can check it out at http://www.charityholloway.com/mobileafrica/