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World Mobile, the First Global Mobile Network Built on Blockchain, Has Announced a Collaboration with Vodacom Mozambique

World Mobile, the First Global Mobile Network Built on Blockchain, Has Announced a Collaboration with Vodacom Mozambique

In a move to enable internet connectivity in rural areas, World Mobile, a pioneer in leveraging innovative technology for bridging connectivity gaps has partnered with Vodacom Mozambique to announce the commencement of a trailblazing aerostat trial in Mozambique.

Aerostats – tethered balloons equipped with telecommunications equipment – have been identified as a promising solution to improve internet access in underserved communities. This is the core reasoning behind World Mobile introducing this groundbreaking initiative, which aligns with its mission to connect rural and remote areas across the globe.

The aerostat trial began in November and is set to run for a predetermined period to assess the efficacy and sustainability of the aerostat technology in real-world scenarios.

Most critically, the Vodacom partnership marks the first “usage test” for World Mobile, essentially working as a test drive of the aerostat. For people on the ground in Mozambique, they can now connect to a functioning aerostat and make phone calls or use data from a range of distances.

“We are thrilled to unveil this venture in Mozambique, a country where rural connectivity is crucial for economic and social development,” said Micky Watkins, CEO of World Mobile. “Our aerostats could be the key to unlocking internet access for billions. This technology is not just cost-effective compared to legacy telecom infrastructure but also quick to deploy, making it ideal for remote regions.”

Vodacom Mozambique’s role in this partnership has been pivotal, especially with the sharing of spectrum and other vital resources. “Vodacom’s involvement in this trial is a testament to their commitment to innovation and their support in connecting the unconnected. They have been forward-thinking in their approach, recognizing the potential of new technologies to make a real difference,” added Micky Watkins from World Mobile.

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The trial in Mozambique is more than just a technological experiment; it’s a beacon of hope for countless communities that have remained on the fringes of the digital world. The success of the trial could pave the way for similar initiatives through additional aerostats in Mozambique, Africa, and beyond, bringing us closer to a world where everyone is connected.

“We believe in the power of collaboration and innovation to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges,” said Simon Karikari, CEO of Vodacom Mozambique. “Our support for World Mobile’s aerostat trial underscores our dedication to exploring new avenues for connectivity. It’s about creating real change for people who need it the most.”

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