As the world increasingly turns into a global village, thanks to the rapid penetration of Internet networks, it is easy for some people to be left behind due to the remoteness of their locations. Much of Zanzibar, an autonomous island in East Africa, for example, lacks services by terrestrial cable and satellite networks, leaving a large percentage of the population uncovered. But, if by plan world mobile group – A global telecommunications operator – In implementation, many Zanzibars will be connected to the Internet for the first time in the next few months.
World Mobile is building the infrastructure for last-mile connectivity using spectrum such as free-space optical communication and other radio transmitters that don’t require a license for less expensive Internet access.
The spectrums connect to multiple air nodes to form a mesh network, which provides internet coverage to remote villages.
The CEO of World Mobile Group said, “There’s a lot of fiber optics laid out across the continent, and we take the last mile of fiber and use alternative spectrum like free-space optics, or other radio spectrum that needs to be licensed. is not required.” And founder Mickey Watkins told Nerdshala.
Walkins said that because he doesn’t need a license for these alternative spectrum, he sees huge tax savings, which translates to cheaper Internet access for users.
“We use these alternative spectrum to create a backhaul (the connection between an access node and the core network) and then create a device (node) that people can use to take from that backhaul,” Watkins said. .
For the sake of sustainability, the Air nodes will be owned by private entities, through a one-time fee of approximately $7,000, which they will, over time, earn money for people by earning income or rewards in the form of the World Mobile Token (WMT), the operator’s cryptocurrency. will be charged as Connect to the Internet through your access point. The network operator is working with micro-lenders to finance entrepreneurs to buy nodes.
Each air node provides reliable Wi-Fi internet access to 500 to 700 people, and other ancillary features such as public lighting through integrated solar-powered floodlights.
Watkins said the concept of a sharing economy reduces operating expenses in maintenance, security and leasing costs, while also powering a self-sustaining business model.
“And now residents have a choice; Do I have livestock or is it better for me to own a part of a telecommunications infrastructure and run a telecommunications platform? Never had this option before; So, like Uber or Airbnb, we are operating under the sharing economy model.
World Mobile is currently serving about 3,000 customers across five pilot sites, but plans to expand to 30 sites by January – as it moves to fast-track connectivity efforts.
Watkins said current users spend about $4 per month on Internet access. The operator has a network of vendors where users connect to the Internet to purchase their fiat cash or the company’s digital currency WMT.
World Mobile has a more ambitious plan to cover Zanzibar in five years, providing internet for its entire population of 1.5 million people, increasing competition for traditional network companies such as ZanLink and satellite internet companies such as GlobalTT Teleport and Operator. Is.
“We have some deals that are coming through the pipeline that will allow us connectivity across Zanzibar, including the entire coastline and between the borders of the mainland (Tanzania) and Zanzibar, including allowing us to implement IoT . as connectivity for people,” Watkins said.
The company is set to launch networks in Kenya and Tanzania in the coming months, where they already have operations.
“It’s a movement, and it could be the world’s largest mobile network run by people. No one has ever done this before. So we’re really going for it,” Watkins said.
How Zanzibar is Harnessing Connectivity to Build a Digital Economy
As more citizens join, the government of Zanzibar begins to implement its digital economy framework, a Plan It was closed for over a decade.
It was set among many ideas and now its development involves tapping connectivity. blue economy and to develop solutions that protect Zanzibar’s blue economy from illegal fishing trawlers.
Zanzibar’s ocean-based activities employ 33% of its labor force and contribute more than 29% of the island’s GDP, But could get more out of its ocean-based wealth with better technologies.
It will also help in building infrastructure that will help it automate all its administrative tasks and processes. This means creating an e-government system that allows the government to interact between its citizens, businesses, employees and its agencies. The investment will make the government more accessible to its citizens, who no longer need to visit offices for services or information.
“The new administration is really focusing on digital transformation. We need to get there. But first we are going to make sure that everyone can access the internet at an affordable rate,” said the e-government agency of Zanzibar. eGaz) Director General Safe Said said.
The agency was established to promote policies, standards and other practices to improve ICT in public institutions.
“We may have a different solution, like an integrated blue economy management system – which means we are including satellite automatic detection systems, vessel management systems, and drones. So, all of this is going to stop illegal and unregistered fishing. The problem is to be solved. And all these technologies require connectivity.”
The urgency of digitization has been partially fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has accelerated Zanzibar’s plan for a digital government and economy. Zanzibar is now making up for lost time by accelerating its pace towards that transition.
“The Covid pandemic has really changed how we do everything and we need to enable our citizens to do what they need to do from their homes. We have to ensure wider access to government services across the country through appropriate use of ICT, and that is where this collaboration with World Mobile Group and Input Output Global (IOG) comes in,” he said.
In partnership, IOG, the blockchain and digital identity firm behind the Cardano blockchain, will automate Zanzibar’s systems by implementing blockchain technology in the registry system to provide “digital identities with traceability.” It will also integrate back-end government systems to enable business-process automation and facilitate the flow of communication within government institutions.
world mobile customers will arrive Atala PrismIOG’s digital identity solution for services such as education, banking and healthcare.
Meanwhile, Zanzibar is launching a blockchain academy that, early next year, will hold conferences as a future blockchain hub as a tourist destination.