How a 20-year old mobile technology protocol is revolutionizing Africa

Over the last few years, banks and other large companies have deployed their USSD applications at great cost due to the engineering effort and equipment required. Until very recently, individuals and small organizations could never even dream of building their own USSD apps. USSD stands for Unstructured Supplementary Service Data and supposedly it never got a catchy mainstream alias because it never really took off. More recently, banks and utility companies have started taking advantage of the protocol to build mobile banking and utility management applications all across the continent. Read more