World Mobile successfully launches commercial network in East Africa

The transition from a proof of concept to a commercial model was supported by the launch of World Mobile’s Android app on Google Play. The Android app simplifies data package management in addition to providing a platform for users to create a standalone ID and take advantage of a host of value-added services.

World Mobile has announced the successful launch of its commercial telecommunications network in Zanzibar. The official launch of World Mobile in East Africa means that Zanzibaris can enjoy mobile data 50% cheaper than the national average.

World Mobile CEO Micky Watkins said, “Today marks an important milestone for World Mobile as we proudly announce the successful commercial transition of our network in Zanzibar. We are excited to welcome our first paying customers and embark on a journey to connect unconnected individuals and empower across Africa and beyond.

Following the shift to a commercial model, World Mobile has updated its network explorer, WMTScan, which now flags the highest earning AirNodes, as part of its commitment to building a transparent sharing economy.

Demand for World Mobile’s affordable mobile data service has been strong in Zanzibar, with 1,000 new customers signing up per week and a peak daily user count of 16,000 in May 2023. This is a significant achievement for the Tanzanian archipelago, which has a population of around 1.8 million. .

The proof-of-concept network was initially deployed as a subsidized test service available on World Mobile’s AirNodes network. The semi-autonomous territory was chosen to pilot World Mobile’s hybrid connectivity network due to the limitations of existing providers. Internet penetration in Tanzania is around 46%, with access concentrated mainly in urban areas. These challenges have negative economic implications as businesses struggle to participate fully in the digital economy.

World Mobile aims to successfully solve a problem that has caught the attention of tech giants such as Google and Facebook, starting with building a sharing economy that will fund the deployment of telecommunications infrastructure in rural Africa and beyond. . World Mobile’s solution provides connectivity at several times the cost of traditional mobile network operators.

World Mobile was founded with an ambitious goal: to connect everyone, everywhere, while promoting economic freedom and dignity. Unlike traditional mobile networks, World Mobile is based on blockchain and the sharing economy. Local business owners in unconnected regions can operate affordable nodes on its network and bring their community online while sharing the rewards.

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