Why Mobile Reporting?
The term mobile reporting implies using the mobile phone as a powerful reporting tool. The mobile phone enables the most effective way of multimedia reporting that our society has ever known. The user creates text, photo and video that combined produces a multimedia based report. The content is edited on the phone before being uploaded to the internet via mobile network or Internet connection. Usually mobile reporting is used for publishing to the web. Mobile reports can be produced in minutes and shared in seconds.
Where Mobile Reporting?
Mobile Reporting is a trend emerging in the field of news and content generation. Mobile reporting is particularly relevant in areas that lack modern Internet infrastructure, in particular Sub Saharan Africa, Central Asia and Latin America. The mobile phone is low in cost when compared to more traditional reporting equipment.
Mobile Reporting in Africa
Mobile reporting is a timely development in Africa. The increase in the use of mobile cell phones in Africa has defied all predictions. In 2008 over 30% of Africans owned a mobile cell phone. In addition, the Internet usage is growing fast; by 2008 Africa had nearly 8 times as many Internet users as in 2000. While many Africans do not have access to PCs, current advancements in mobile Internet open new doors to underserved communities.