Here are some examples of business models within the ICTD space. Please feel free to add your own!

1. IKSL (IFFCO Kissan Sanchar Limited) - Joint venture b/w IFFCO and Telcos



Highlights:
- A special SIM card that also includes access to agricultural information services.
- 5 free voice messages per day on crop management, weather forecasts etc. Also, a live helpline for expert support and 'call back' facility to re-listen to the voice messages.
- 1 million active users in 1 year (2010-2011). $4 million profit in 2010 (Revenue is generated based off a fixed amount paid by Airtel for each new subscriber and a percentage of talk time recharges)
- Possible reasons for success: Targeting a local need of a farmer (need for information/best practices for agriculture), partnership with an organization that understands the local needs and works closely with farmers, cost effective, (others?)


2. Nokia Life Tools

http://asia.cnet.com/case-study-nokia-life-tools-62058745.htm

Highlights:
- Local information on weather, crops, market prices etc. sent as SMS in local language
- Available in Nigeria, India, Indonesia and China (as of Jan 2011)
- Individual numbers are not known but it seems Nokia's services and device sales have significantly gone up
- Monthly subscription of Rs.30 or Rs. 60 depending on the type of service.
- 6.3 million users globally (as of Nov 2010)
- Possible reasons for success: Targeting a local need of a farmer (need for information/best practices for agriculture), cost effective, working with a technology that already has a strong BoP market - Nokia mobile phones, (others?)


3. OLPC (One Laptop Per Child)

Case Study:
http://hbr.org/product/marketing-the-100-laptop-c/an/508065-PDF-ENG