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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Raising the price on the poor...

Cool article from the McKinsey Quarterly about the success in Bangladesh with Grameenphone and their ability, through commercially driven methods, of delivering more socio-economic benefits to the poor rather than government sponsored programs for the telecommunications market.

See article.

The only issue is that this is only in terms of undeveloped markets in telecommunications. Also, undeveloped markets where services is not only sub-optimal, but also unavailable to many people, let's say, at least 1/4th of the population, enough for initial private investment to gain scale from new consumers.

Other than that, it was great insight into some of the complexities of private led vs. govt. sponsored programs.
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