World Mobile announces collab with Vodacom Mozambique

World Mobile, a trailblazer in technology-driven connectivity solutions, has launched an innovative aerostat trial in Mozambique in partnership with Vodacom Mozambique. The initiative marks a significant stride in World Mobile’s mission to connect remote and rural areas globally, identifying aerostats—tethered balloons equipped with telecommunications gear—as a promising solution for providing internet access to underserved communities. Micky Watkins, CEO of World Mobile, emphasized the potential of aerostats to unlock internet access for billions, citing their cost-effectiveness and rapid deployment as ideal for remote regions. Vodacom Mozambique’s pivotal role in the collaborative effort involves sharing spectrum and crucial resources, reflecting their commitment to innovation and connecting the unconnected.

The Mozambique trial represents more than a technological experiment; it symbolizes hope for numerous communities at the digital periphery. Success in the project could set the stage for similar initiatives across Africa and beyond, moving closer to a globally connected world. The trial, initiated in November, will run for a predetermined period to evaluate the effectiveness and sustainability of aerostat technology in real-world scenarios, showcasing the power of collaboration and innovation to address pressing challenges in connectivity.


World Mobile Launches Africa’s First Commercial Telecoms Aerostat, Connecting Rural Mozambique

World Mobile Group, the pioneering global mobile network leveraging blockchain and the sharing economy, has successfully launched its first aerostat in Mozambique, aiming to bridge the connectivity gap in the country.

With Mozambique’s low internet user rate of 23% and a significant rural population lacking infrastructure, World Mobile addresses the issue by introducing an accessible, affordable, and sustainable mobile network. The aerostats, deployed 300 meters into the air, provide last-mile connectivity with a custom radio payload, allowing direct connection for customers within a 130-kilometer radius. This technology overcomes challenges of terrain, infrastructure, and cost.

World Mobile’s blockchain foundation ensures transparency, efficiency, and security, offering a unique model for individuals and businesses to operate nodes and bring communities online while earning revenue. The launch near Massingir village initiates data gathering for future deployments across Mozambique, Africa, and other under-connected regions globally.


World Mobile Releases Roadmap 2.0

As 2022 begins winding down, World Mobile is ramping up and has released an updated roadmap focusing on the next few quarters. It includes details on the current rollout, the mobile application, plus timeframes on Earth Node and Air Node operations.

More specifically, we’ll see an Earth Node Testnet by end of the year plus distribution of EN NFTs to all Earth Node owners. We’ll then see Mainnet launch in Q1 2023.

As the rollout continues into 2023, World Mobile will have it’s first paying customers in Tanzania which will set the stage to having more paying customers in a second African country. This means a second aerostat launch and implementation of fiat on-ramp via a payment gateway.

For more details check out the detailed 2.0 roadmap below or download the Roadmap PDF.


World Mobile enters strategic partnership with Immunify.Life

World Mobile has partnered with Immunify.Life to collaborate on improving healthcare and connectivity in the regions that need it most.

Both World Mobile and Immunify.Life offer services that use cutting-edge blockchain technology to solve pervasive global problems, and as smart healthcare solutions for regions with poorer medical outcomes require affordable internet connectivity, there is strong synergy within this partnership that drives interoperability between both platforms.

World Mobile believes that access to the internet is a human right, and that the nearly 3 billion unconnected people around the world deserve access to affordable connectivity and the opportunities it brings.

World Mobile is rolling out a dynamic network built on blockchain and the sharing economy to bring affordable connectivity where other telcos can’t go, while also offering a more efficient model for telco infrastructure and giving everyone the opportunity to benefit from the rollout of equitable connectivity globally.

Immunify.Life is building a blockchain-based ecosystem for the healthcare industry that will deliver better and more efficient healthcare data management and reliability, improving medical outcomes in the regions that need it most.

The partnership between World Mobile Immunify.Life will include the deployment of Immunify.Life’s DApp to the World Mobile ecosystem. This will help to expand the potential audience for Immunify.Life’s blockchain-based healthcare app while also offering additional utility and services to users on the World Mobile network.

Partnering for healthcare and connectivity in Africa

Africa is one of the world’s largest and most diversified continents, having various cultures and economies. While some African nations have had the good fortune to expand and maintain pace with other continents, others remain hindered in their development due to war or corruption.

Even with modern technology, hundreds of millions of people lack access to basic health records, and medical personnel often aren’t equipped with the necessary tools and technology to assist patients’ health requirements.

Africa is also the least-connected region in the world, with many regions underserved by legacy mobile networks and remote areas remaining unconnected entirely. Internet connectivity is crucial to economic empowerment, the establishment of digital identity, and unlocking the educational and financial opportunities offered by the global marketplace.

The deployment of blockchain-based solutions that solve connectivity and healthcare data management problems in Africa has the potential to drastically improve the lives of people in underconnected or underserved regions. The partnership between World Mobile and Immunify.Life aims to address these issues while creating a synergistic ecosystem of applications that deliver crucial services to these areas.

“World Mobile’s offering of blockchain-powered connectivity and our healthcare data management solution creates room for interesting symbiosis. Since we are both working in developing nations, there are plenty of areas where we can collaborate. This partnership will open doors for mutual support for country implementations where possible.”

— Guy Newing, Immunify.Life Founder

“We are delighted to be partnering with Immunify.Life to help bring healthcare data management solutions that will improve medical outcomes to the regions that need it most. Immunify.Life share our vision for a world where everyone has access to the services and opportunities they deserve, regardless of where they are. Nearly 3 billion people around the world are unconnected, and World Mobile’s mission to provide affordable and efficient connectivity delivers the key to unlocking exciting new opportunities for education, finance, healthcare, and so much more.”

— Micky Watkins, World Mobile Co-Founder and CEO

About World Mobile

World Mobile is a dynamic mobile network built on blockchain and the sharing economy that aims to connect the unconnected and foster a movement towards equitable global connectivity. World Mobile disrupts traditional telecommunication models by empowering people to own, operate and earn from infrastructure on its network, creating a sharing economy that drives sustainable growth and opportunity around the world.

Everyone has the right to connectivity and the economic, educational, and social opportunities it brings. By building a network together with the people, World Mobile is dedicated to delivering this opportunity to the 2.9 billion unconnected people in the world and offering more affordable and efficient connectivity that benefits everyone.

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About Immunify.Life

Immunify.Life is a transformative and self-sustaining healthcare ecosystem secured by blockchain with the mission to transform the landscape of health management and data utilization. The project leverages the power of Big Health Data and Artificial Intelligence to ensure seamless movement of de-identified patient healthcare data.

Immunify.Life has established a strong presence in Africa with a team that has over 60 years of combined experience in the relevant industries. It is a world-first holistic and self-sustaining ecosystem to solve global health management crises and data collection challenges.

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Zanzibar Spice Farm

As you walk through the Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, accompanied by chirping birds and humid tropical air, Alice Rukazibwa is there planning what would be her life’s work. Alice is a Tanzanian who currently lives in Zanzibar. She is creating spice farm tours that are accompanied by education centres, where guides and residents can study languages as well as the intricacies of spices. Her journey is one she passionately explains with unbridled excitement while basking in the nature around her. “This is an interesting place, because we have Jozani Forest, we have spice, we have a turtle and butterfly centre all in one area. It could be a big touristic area.”

Alice believes everything is about connection and interconnectedness.

She is eager to share this life with the world. She marvels at the depth of the communal culture that sings to the seeds before they are planted to become spices. Zanzibar, often known as Spice Island, grows nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, and other spices. The production of spices is a significant economic driver on the island on top of a budding tourism industry.

To build locally is to strengthen communities.

“It all has to be local.” Alice is adamant that locally established small and medium-sized businesses are vital to Africa’s economic fabric.

According to the World Bank, more than half of all businesses and jobs are owned and operated by micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). And through her entrepreneurial initiative, Alice is well on her way to addressing the demand for education and employment development in her community.

Alice’s teammate, Riziki Hassan Galu shares with a smile, ” … I will be able to help myself so I can be a tour guide just right here at home in Zanzibar”, knowing there is much they would like to say once they have the tools.

Alice emphasises, however, that there is a large gap between the promise of what is possible and what is being accomplished, as she has ambitious aspirations. The absence of internet connectivity has made it difficult for her to move at the pace she prefers: “Where we are, we don’t have any mobile connection at all.”

Today, Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, the only national park on the island, is connected to the internet through World Mobile AirNodes, enabling people to access the web and all the opportunities it brings. This connection now enables many individuals, such as Alice, to accelerate their ideas. The internet offers the opportunity to connect with markets, promote ideas, and serve as a learning resource.

World Mobile is a change-making movement built on the power of connectivity and a vision of a world that can serve everyone. The hybrid network and sharing economy drives a model of interconnectedness, as AirNode Owners and Operators earn by connecting others. The rollout of World Mobile technology in Zanzibar is the initial step toward connecting the world’s 2.9 billion unconnected people. Along the way, we encounter individuals like Alice, who generate employment, build local economies, radiate creativity, and provide a wealth of knowledge to the world wide web.

Watch Alice explain the power of connection in Zanzibar in the video below.