GP Community Information Center: Helping the poor through technology.
Deputy General Manager, Community Information Center, Grameenphone Ltd.,
|Bangladesh - a highly populated country with more than 140 million people with about eighty percent of the people living in rural areas, which is digitally divided. Due to the poor literacy and education, people often find it difficult to get the information on their own. They have to travel a long distance to get certain information and services that cost them time, money and risk. |
Grameenphone, being the largest mobile phone operator covering most of the geographical area has enabled the poor rural people to access the ICT. In 2005 it introduced the Enhanced GPRS popularly known as EDGE in its GSM network. Later in early 2006 it took a pilot project called “
The case study shows that, the cheaper technology and addition of value added services have significant impact for the people at BoP. Now, poor people come to the centers for information related to market price, health, education and forms. They are using Internet to talk to their near and dear ones at lower cost through video messenger services. They are able to look for overseas jobs and local jobs now easily.