The operator of decentralized wireless networks, World Mobile, announced on June 8 that it has completed field trials of its decentralized wireless technology in Kenya, Mozambique and Nigeria, bringing it closer to full deployment across the entire African continent.
World Mobile, which aims to bring affordable and reliable internet access to traditionally underserved rural areas, said the trials in Kenya and Mozambique were carried out using equipment from TV White Space, that use unused spectrum in the TV broadcast band to provide mobile network services.
In Nigerian, the field test used SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet system. According to the company, both TV White Space and Starlink are complementary technologies that allow World Mobile to use existing infrastructure and spectrum resources to extend its network coverage.
World Mobile CEO Micky Watkins has stated that the tests “validate the viability and scalability of our decentralized wireless technology, bringing us one step closer to providing affordable and reliable Internet access to rural and underserved areas around the world.”
This announcement follows World Mobile’s launch of its commercial network in Zanzibar in May, where it claims that more than 300 AirNodes provide wireless connectivity to more than 16,000 users a day.
The company plans to expand its network to more countries in Africa and other continents, and intends to create “a community-owned global wireless network that can bridge the digital divide and foster social and economic inclusion,” it says.
World Mobile says its DeWi solution provides connectivity at a lower cost than traditional mobile network operators and could help create “a sharing economy” to finance the expansion of telecom infrastructure in rural Africa and beyond.
Unlike traditional mobile networks, World Mobile is based on blockchain and aims to encourage people to participate in what it calls “a sharing economy”, giving you access to the world’s trillion dollar telecommunications market.
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