How telecommunication development is bringing a tech revolution to developing countries
According to one global media survey it is estimated that some 336.5 million people currently residing in Africa or the Middle East will surf the web at least once a month; that is a phenomenal number of Internet users for developing countries, and can be attributed to the massive growth of telecommunication networks the world over. This growth, and the numerous technological developments that it carries with it, are bringing regions such as the Middle East into the future, improving their economies, and helping them to connect with the rest of the world; this is a tech revolution on a huge, but how has the transformation been achieved?
The growth of telecommunications in developing countries
It is a well-known fact that he global economy is now built upon modern technology, chiefly the Internet, and without it we would struggle to maintain levels of communication in any way comparable to those which we enjoy now. While the western world and developed economies may take such technology for granted, developing countries are now experiencing something of a renaissance thanks to the doors being opened to them by telecommunications; civilians are now able to access the rest of the world, communicate with their counterparts on the other side of the globe, and experience opportunities via education and enlightenment, while businesses are able to compete on a much larger stage than ever before. Internet usage in the Middle East and Africa has grown over 25% in the last couple of years, and their economies are now open to worldwide trading opportunities; telecommunication and its associated tech revolution has spread its wings.
The role of Ehsanollah Bayat and telecommunications in the Middle East
So what telecommunication developments have there been in developing economies such as India, the South American nations, Africa, and the Middle East, and why have they been so important? The growth of telecommunication infrastructures and networks across the world has made it easier than ever for people to get online, as numerous studies show; Internet usage has leapt up in the last two years alone. As four out of ten Internet users in the Middle East admit to accessing ecommerce it stands to reason that the region’s economy is experiencing something of a windfall. Additionally, improved telecoms have helped users to connect with smartphones, and usage in that particular area has grown by almost 50%; doesn’t it stand to reason to these people are communicating, discovering, and shopping online?
Of course, this drive behind telecommunication development is coming from somewhere – predominantly the regions’ businessmen and women, and those who hope to improve their country’s prospects through communication and understanding. Ehsanollah Bayat, the founder of chief Afghanistan telecoms company Afghan Wireless, is one such entrepreneur, and his drive and determination has helped his country’s telecoms infrastructure to improve unrecognizably; AWCC currently supplies GSM services to the country’s four major cities, Kabul, Kandahar, Herat, and Mazar-i-Sharif, helping to secure Afghanistan’s economy and communication networks. In addition, Ehsanollah Bayat is the founder of the Bayat Foundation, a relief organization that aims to improve the lives of the people of Afghanistan and empower the ‘common’ man. As well as making a tremendous difference to the lives of regular Afghanistanis the Bayat Foundation was credited with playing a crucial role in the opening of the Ariana Television Network, a huge platform for the people of the region, and further afield; Bayat has helped millions of his countrymen to experience the power of communication, as well as enlightening them and providing a window of opportunity.
Developing countries such as those in the Middle East, Africa, and South America, are seldom associated with Internet usage, smartphone ownership, and communication on a global scale; they are seen as developing economies, without a need for such advanced technology. However the development of telecoms, as well as the technological revolution, taking place across those regions is helping to improve their economies, and the opportunities afforded to those who live there.