Fabien Delanaud, Managing Director of Myriad Connect, is passionate about using technology to help bridge the digital divide in Africa and other emerging markets. bridge the digital divide in Africa and other emerging markets. With Myriad Connect's 15 years of experience in Africa, Latin America and parts of Europe, we understand the challenges these markets face, and how technology can be used to help bridge the digital divide. Fabien spoke to Tech Smart about Myriad Connect's experience in bridging the digital divide in Africa.

"One way for organizations to bridge this gap between the need for data and the absence of data is a technology called Ustructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD). In essence, USSD is a protocol, embedded in all all GSM handsets, enabling network operators to communicate directly with handsets. Internet without Internet, this technology doesn't have the bandwidth to stream videos, download images or work documents, but it does enable short packets of data to be securely sent and received to a device without the need for a 3G or 4G connection.

In addition to the need for a certain level of connection, mobile can have a considerable impact on developed and emerging markets, where data is not readily available to all mobile users. USSD technology has the capacity and opportunity to bridge the global data inclusion gap by transferring small packets of data via the mobile. Access to information will in turn be a catalyst for entrepreneurship and the development of new opportunities for economic growth. Used correctly, USSD can play a vital role in bridging the data divide [digital divide ].]. "

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