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Poverty is a system design failure

Modern, developed societies are built on a few basic presumptions – access to power, information, and resources.

The development of the industrial age saw an unprecedented growth and development for billions of people, in what is today the developed world.

But there are still billions living in poverty and darkness.

Kerosene Lantern

The poor light source: kerosene lanterns. Features: expensive and lethal.

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The not-so-desirable hockey stick

Growth – it’s favoured by most people. And exponential growth even more so. An entrepreneur’s, and investor’s, dream is the hockey stick – when growth and revenue suddenly takes off in an unprecedented manner.

This is all fine and dandy when we’re talking in financial terms. But when we switch to climate change – specifically global warming and the earth’s temperature – hockey stick growth is very, very undesirable.

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Energy poverty, no more.

Very far away from the land of dish washers, stadium floodlights and blinking neon signs, it becomes pitch black after the sun sets.

To hundreds of millions in rural India, night literally means darkness. As in impossible to read, have your shop open, or even be able to see what you are eating.

Until now.

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OMC on GSMA CPM blog

“One mobile tower and lantern at a time”

“The happiness on his face was the same as I had on the day that my father bought me the first television. This was in 1972. Seeing the boy and his reaction, I felt both happy and sad. Happy because you see that you’re contributing to bringing smiles to the boy and his family. Sad because in 2012, people have to be happy to get a lantern in this country.”
Rohit Chandra, COO of OMC Power (@RohitChandraOMC)

Over the past few months, our newsfeed has been abuzz with the changes impacting our mobile industry partners in India. From July’s historic blackout which left 620 million people without power but with mobile coverage, to TAIPA’s plans to outsource green power to 100,000 towers, these events reflect the scale of the energy challenges India faces and the void the mobile industry is trying to fill.

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