Telecommunication Economics

Volume 7216 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 44-55

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Mobile Communications of the Needy and Poor: Affordability Indicators, European Data, Social Tariffs

  • Louis-Francois PauAffiliated withCopenhagen Business SchoolRotterdam School of Management
  • , Pedro PugaAffiliated withCIES-IUL Portuguese Center for Research and studies in Sociology
  • , Hong ChenAffiliated withHuawei Technologies Europe
  • , Zviad KirtavaAffiliated withPartners for Health NGO / National Information Learning Centre


This section summarizes the data and information collected across Europe and beyond, inside the COST 605 Action (2008-2011), and can be relevant for separate analysis, research and regulations about the mobile communications costs of poor and needy groups. Miscellaneous social and macro-economic data on the needy and their mobile communications usage in five European countries are presented. It also contains the specification of a new indicator whereby the affordability of mobile communications for poor and needy can be established, and the corresponding results for 7 countries in 2006 and 2010. The indicator is the “poor’s purchasing power parity (PPP) in wireless minutes per month”, based on reported data collected on the distribution amongst poor and needy groups in Georgia and France. An Appendix gives some data sources for the countries where data were collected.


e-Inclusion Mobile communications Social tariffs Affordability Indicators