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Decentralized wireless network (DeWi) operator World Mobile said on June 8 that it had completed field trials of its DeWi technology in Kenya, Mozambique and Nigeria, bringing it closer to full deployment on the African continent, the company said in a statement.
World Mobile, which aims to provide affordable and reliable Internet access in traditionally underserved rural areas, said tests in Kenya and Mozambique were conducted using TV White Space equipment using unused spectrum in the TV broadcast band to provide mobile connectivity. .services.
In Nigeria, the SpaceX Starlink satellite Internet system was used in field tests. Both TV White Space and Starlink are complementary technologies that allow World Mobile to leverage existing infrastructure and spectrum resources to expand network coverage, the company says.
World Mobile CEO Mickey Watkins said the tests “confirm the feasibility and scalability of our DeWi technology, bringing us one step closer to providing affordable and reliable Internet access in both rural and underserved areas around the world.”
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The announcement follows World Mobile’s May launch of its commercial network in Zanzibar, where it says 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 beyond, and aims to create a “community-owned global wireless network that can bridge the digital divide and promote social and economic inclusion,” it said.
World Mobile says its DeWi solution provides connectivity at a lower cost than traditional mobile operators and can help create a “sharing economy” to fund the expansion of telecommunications infrastructure in rural Africa and beyond.
Unlike traditional mobile networks, World Mobile is built on blockchain and aims to encourage people to participate in the so-called “sharing economy” by giving people access to the trillion-dollar global telecommunications market.