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GSM cellulars are the most popular in the earth. Reports suggest that the common consists some 80% of all cell phones in use throughout the planet. And while GSM cellphones are a huge feature of 1st world countries, it is their position in far less “civilized” places that best demonstrates the reach and influence of modern day communications.
Imagine Somalia: a large, desert country on the eastern horn of Africa which over the past 20 years has been wracked simply by civil war along with famine. Bombed out bullet riddled cities dot the barren landscape where for thousands of years, nomads have roamed the desert herding goats along with camels across hundreds of miles from pastures in the wet season to sell in the dry period. Even practical measures of distance here do not adhere to the metric or imperial conditions used by the rest of the world.
Nomad measure distance through units referred to as a Gedi: the distance a browsing herd animal could travel in a day, which changes every season depending on the physical strength of each herd. Even working automobiles are hard to find here, let alone something sophisticated as a GSM cellular phone. Yet the simple application of GSM cell phones, which we in the west have long taken for granted, has proven unbelievably practical to this nomadic way of life.
For generations, Somali herdsmen have followed an annual pattern. Towards the end of the year as soon as the dry season comes, they migrate from the more fertile grounds elsewhere in the country, across the desert, to coastal cities where they can market their stock in the markets to traders from the Middle East and in other places. Keeping their animals in pens in the cities while they set up a sale is incredibly costly, as they need to consistently feed and water their herd with stores provided for by local merchants at obscene costs. They have no option. However, GSM cell phones have permitted them to forego this process.
A Somali nomad, a man dressed in hand sewn clothes he has most likely worn for all of his life, carrying a staff in the traditional posture – horizontally over his shoulders, his arms resting atop – a person who sleeps using a mat of thatched grass beneath the stars, beside a fire he built on his own, can now simply make a phone call and organize the sale of his herd in advance. Rather than lingering in the city for several days, expending what meager wealth he has on preserving his herd there, hoping his sale can recover his losses and also turn a profit, he can now simply organize to have a buyer all set for him the instant he arrives. Such high technology might appear incredibly unnatural in Somalia, but it’s application is properly suited to the needs of a nomad.