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Network Service Providers Pledge To Reduce The Gender Gap Between Mobile Phone Users In India By 2020

Closing the mobile gender gap in these markets represents a $140 billion commercial opportunity for the mobile industry over the next five years.

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Network service providers such as Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel have signed up for the "GSMA Connected Women Programme's Commitment Initiative" and have pledged to reduce the gender gap in their customer bases by 2020. Pixabay

Women in India are 28 per cent less likely than men to own a mobile phone and 56 per cent less likely than men to use mobile Internet, a new report by GSM Association (GSMA) said on Wednesday.

Across all low and middle-income countries, 80 per cent of women are mobile owners while in India, only 59 per cent use mobile phones, representing some of the largest mobile gender gaps in the world, said the report by GSMA, a trade body that represents the interests of mobile network operators globally.

“We are seeing significantly increased mobile access for women. However, in an increasingly connected world, women are still being left behind,” Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA, said in a statement.

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Closing the mobile gender gap in these markets represents a $140 billion commercial opportunity for the mobile industry over the next five years.
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According to the GSMA’s “2019 Mobile Gender Gap Report”, just 42 per cent of women in India are aware of the Internet, and that it can be used on a mobile phone.

This is an increase from a meagre 19 per cent among women in India in 2017.

“While mobile connectivity is spreading quickly, it is not spreading equally. Unequal access to mobile technology threatens to exacerbate the inequalities women already experience,” Granryd added.

Nearly 250 million more women in low and middle-income countries have become mobile owners since 2014.

Eighty per cent women in low and middle-income countries are now mobile owners globally and mobile phone is the primary means of Internet access in these markets, where 48 per cent of women use mobile to get online.

Closing the mobile gender gap in these markets represents a $140 billion commercial opportunity for the mobile industry over the next five years.

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“Women remain 10 per cent less likely than men to own a mobile phone in low-and middle-income countries and 23 per cent less likely than men to use mobile Internet,” said the report.
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However, despite the growth in connectivity, the gender gap in mobile ownership is not closing.

“Women remain 10 per cent less likely than men to own a mobile phone in low-and middle-income countries and 23 per cent less likely than men to use mobile Internet,” said the report.

The mobile gender gap varies by region and country but is widest in South Asia where women are 28 per cent less likely than men to own a mobile device and 58 per cent less likely to use the mobile Internet.

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Network service providers such as Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel have signed up for the “GSMA Connected Women Programme’s Commitment Initiative” and have pledged to reduce the gender gap in their customer bases by 2020.

The report noted that in the wake of the Digital India programme, much of vital public information and services are only available online. However, without access to Internet, women in India may face accessibility issues. (IANS)

 

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Global Market For Refurbished Smartphones At A Hike

Samsung and Apple continued to dominate the refurbished market with 70 per cent share while Huawei is growing in popularity, especially in South East Asia.

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Higher percentage of refurbished devices were sold with warranty. Pixabay

The global market for refurbished smartphones slowed to one per cent year-over-year (YoY) growth in 2018, reaching close to 140 million units, Counterpoint Research said on Thursday.

According to Counterpoint’s “Refurbished Smartphone Tracker”, the secondary industry slowed due to the 11 per cent drop in new smartphone sales in key supply countries like China and the US. The drop in new device sales led to a decline in devices flowing into the secondary market.

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Refurbished Smartphone Tracker”, the secondary industry slowed due to the 11 per cent drop in new smartphone sales in key supply countries like China and the US. Pixabay

Samsung and Apple continued to dominate the refurbished market with 70 per cent share while Huawei is growing in popularity, especially in South East Asia.

“The US and China markets saw lower upgrade cycles in 2018, which affected the flow of devices into the secondary market. In addition, China and US trade tensions held up devices in customs much longer than normal. This was especially true during the first half of the year,” Tom Kang, Research Director at Counterpoint Research, said in a statement.

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Samsung and Apple continued to dominate the refurbished market with 70 per cent share while Huawei is growing in popularity, especially in South East Asia.
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Higher percentage of refurbished devices were sold with warranty.

This greatly helps overcome consumer hesitancy to purchase refurbished devices, the market research firm added. (IANS)