Airtel shared "anonymised, aggregated mobile network data showing regular population movements (such as commuting, attending education and other habitual daily journeys)." "The scale, granularity and immediacy of mobile data enabled the identification of areas that have low TB incidence rates, but are highly connected to areas with high TB incidence. Statistical analysis showed that regular population movement is a stronger indicator of TB incidence than location proximity between high and low TB regions."
"Bharti Airtel (Airtel) and Be He@lthy, Be Mobile (a joint initiative between WHO and the International Telecommunications Union), together with the GSMA, are seeking to understand how the big data generated by mobile networks could provide relevant insights. Together, the parties developed a proof of concept (PoC) in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, which uses mobile network data to help pinpoint geographical locations at risk of increasing TB incidence."
The purpose of this collaboration is to find ways to understand the spread of Tuberculosis, in an effort to create a more efficient intervention to eradicate the disease.