World Mobile, a telecommunications company that uses blockchain technology, will employ tethered aerostats, lighter-than-air balloons, to provide internet and mobile services in Mozambique.
This pilot project is being carried out in collaboration with Vodacom Mozambique, which will provide spectrum and resources.
“We are excited to announce this project in Mozambique, a country where rural connectivity is critical to economic and social development.” World Mobile CEO Mickey Watkins said:
“Our aviation statistics equipment could be the key to giving billions of people access to the internet. This technology is not only cost-effective compared to traditional communications infrastructure; , it can be deployed quickly, making it ideal for remote locations.”
📢 Announcement: We are excited to announce our collaboration with. @vodacomuses aerostat technology to connect Mozambique’s disconnected people.
— World Mobile (@WorldMobileTeam) December 20, 2023
Launched in November 2023, the project made its first call using the technology on December 19, 2023. The aerostat will be installed at an altitude of 300 meters (984 feet) and will house communications equipment and be able to connect up to 100,000 users. Official announcement.
Billed as the world’s first commercial aerostat, the World Mobile Aerostat is powered by a third party and requires no electricity, providing connectivity at speeds comparable to high-speed fiber optic connections.
In previous field tests conducted in Kenya, Mozambique and Nigeria, World Mobile tapped into unused television spectrum and incorporated Starlink technology. Additionally, the company collaborated with IOHK, the founder of the Cardano blockchain, on a mesh network in Tanzania.
World Mobile uses an economic model in which operators of AirNodes technical equipment receive compensation in fiat currency. Blockchain node operators, stakers, and users who engage in staking discount services on the decentralized physical infrastructure network built on Cardano will earn World Mobile Her Tokens (WMT).
In August 2023, World Mobile published the app on Google Play, making it accessible to the following users:
Additionally, this app is also available in Zanzibar.
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