THE CONVERSATION: How data collected from mobile phones can help electricity planning

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Release date: 13/3/2019

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Access to reliable and affordable electricity brings many benefits. It supports the growth of small businesses, allows students to study at night and protects health by offering an alternative cooking fuel to coal or wood.

Great efforts have been made to increase electrification in Africa, but rates remain low. In sub-Saharan Africa only 42% of urban areas have access to electricity, just 22% in rural areas.

This is mainly because there’s not enough sustained investment in electricity infrastructure, many systems can’t reliably support energy consumption or the price of electricity is too high.

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TitleHow data collected from mobile phones can help electricity planning
Media name/outletThe Conversation
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date13/03/19
DescriptionAccess to reliable and affordable electricity brings many benefits. It supports the growth of small businesses, allows students to study at night and protects health by offering an alternative cooking fuel to coal or wood.

Great efforts have been made to increase electrification in Africa, but rates remain low. In sub-Saharan Africa only 42% of urban areas have access to electricity, just 22% in rural areas.

This is mainly because there’s not enough sustained investment in electricity infrastructure, many systems can’t reliably support energy consumption or the price of electricity is too high.
URLhttps://theconversation.com/how-data-collected-from-mobile-phones-can-help-electricity-planning-110803
PersonsEduardo Martinez-Cesena, Joseph Mutale, Mathaios Panteli, Pierluigi Mancarella