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Kenya: Women's Contribution to Technology Sector Recognized
Source: standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000078909&story_title=Kenya-Women%27s-contribution-to-Technology-Sector-recorgnized
Source Date: Friday, March 08, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: Kenya
Created: Mar 11, 2013

As the world marks the International Women’s Day , Ericsson has come out to recognize the contribution of women through its recently released report titled “10 Consumer trends in 2013” which states that “women drive the global smartphone market.”

The consumer trends report states that women have been heavy users of communications services on mobile phones for years – and continue to lead many communication and daily life related behaviors on smartphones.

“On a global scale, female smartphone owners are more active than men when using SMS. 77 percent of women send and receive photos, 59 per cent use social networking, 24 percent use apps to check in at physical locations and 17 percent redeem coupons using their smartphones,” it notes, adding that women are especially heavy SMS users in markets such as Russia, Egypt, South Africa and Turkey.

According to the report, the women are recognized as leaders of the send or receive photo trend in developed Asia, with 87 percent of women doing this compared to 79 percent of men while in Western Europe, a full 60 percent of female smartphone owners use social networking, compared to just 52 percent of men.

A quarter of North American women check in to different locations, more so than in other regions. Latin American women also use coupons more than men, although overall use is lower than the global average. By integrating communication and daily activities with their smartphone usage, women continue to drive broad mass market smartphone adoption.
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