World Mobile’s Blockchain Network redefines connectivity paradigms

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  • At its core, World Mobile intends to build last-mile digital connectivity globally.
  • World Mobile also introduced a native NFT associated with EarthNode operators within their system.
  • Three distinct infrastructures define its mobile network; the AetherNode, EarthNode, and AirNodes.

Blockchain technology has proven its versatility and flexibility in various industries. Innovators have incorporated its fundamental concept, decentralization, in multiple sectors such as agriculture, finance, medicine, and many more. As a result, various organizations have built empires that support web3 in Africa. One such titan is World Mobile, an organization dedicated to building a decentralized mobile network built on the backbone of blockchain technology.

With blockchain technology thriving in Africa, it was only a matter of time before this global enterprise turned its sight on us.

To elaborate on the revolutionary concept achieved by World Mobile, we must first understand its background and main agenda. This is the first article of a new series in Web3Africa elaborating on this revolutionary organization and how its concept can potentially transform Africa’s perception of connectivity.

History of World Mobile

When Gavin Wood coined the concept of Web3 and highlighted that blockchain technology could potentially replace the internet, this sent a wave of ideas worldwide. As a result, Micky Watkins soon found a way to utilize this revolutionary concept through telecommunications.

He founded the World Mobile Group in 2018 and became the first mobile network company to use blockchain technology to develop a decentralized telecommunication system. In an interview, Micky stated that the World Mobile group was born through several factors but highlighted one main one.

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He stated the rising concern of telecommunications businesses taking advantage of end-users, leaving billions offline. This inspired him to research new solutions to empower users and create a new mobile network. During his research, he discovered the concept of blockchain technology and soon found a way to develop a decentralized network competing with existing telecoms.

Micky Watkins, the CEO and Founder of World Mobile, heavily supports the notion that blockchain is the future.[Photo/World-Mobile]

In addition, he stumbled upon blockchain’s most remarkable feat, banking the unbanked and thus kick-starting World Mobile’s primary goals. This also led to their perfect slogan; “We won’t take distance for an answer. We’ll go the extra mile to connect everyone, everywhere, because we know the connection is everything.”

Backed by a decentralized network World Mobile seeks to build the world’s first mobile network to focus on a sharing economy. For those unaware, a sharing economy is an economic system where individuals share products and services. This creates an autonomous system that directly empowers the producers and clients, alleviating control from big corporations and complex supply chain systems.

Basic Concepts of the World Mobile Application

At its core, World Mobile intends to build last-mile digital connectivity globally. Implementing a decentralized network would easily accomplish this feat due to its direct association with the user. World Mobile implements its mobile network by providing various infrastructures that allow the processing all transactions within its blockchain network.

On the network, customers will connect to and transmit data through multiple types of AirNodes. EarthNodes will process on-chain transactions on the network. EarthNode Operators worldwide help by processing network transactions, securing them, and receiving WMT as compensation.

Any World Mobile Token holder can stake to an EarthNode Operator of their choice and share these rewards.

Imagine the rewards from every transaction on the World Mobile network sent directly back to EarthNode Operators and their stakes. That’s the beauty of the sharing economy.

Three distinct infrastructures define its mobile network; the AetherNode, EarthNode, and AirNodes.

The AetherNodes are at the top of its decentralized network, bridging legacy telecommunication networks and its decentralized World Mobile Network. Thus, each country under World Mobile has at least one AetherNode supporting its decentralized network.

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Due to its scale, it must comply with local regulations, requiring several licenses to operate. We will discuss its complexity and functionalities along the series, but only a few node operators have access to its functionalities.

The EarthNodes are next in line since they actively interact with the decentralized network. They are more similar to crypto miners and blockchain networks. It serves a similar function by validating and securing the decentralized network, and EarthNodes operators are more common due to their availability. Other criteria, such as a certain amount of WMT, are required, but we will elaborate on the technical nitty-gritty later.

In addition, World Mobile also introduced a native NFT within their system associated with EarthNode operators. They introduced an ENNFT, an asset on the Cardano blockchain. Operators could claim these ENNFTs since January 4th 2023, who managed to reserve an EarthNode since October 11th 2021, and held 100,000 WMT. This significantly increased set a new pace for EarthNode operators while showcasing how World Mobile focuses on and promotes its users.

The AirNodes are the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle. These nodes facilitate the creation of the blockchain mobile network and enable basic connectivity to the user. They receive the signal from prior nodes, process them, and relay wireless internet connectivity to the users.

It is the final piece of the World Mobile Network that realizes the concept of decentralization. Since AirNodes do not have a fixed configuration, it often depends upon their location capacity and requirements. Anyone can acquire AirNodes, determine who gains a connection to it, and determine its speed.

AirNodes have owners and hosts.

An AirNode owner is someone who has purchased the AirNode, while the AirNode host is the person who has the AirNode in the place where the World Mobile network is deployed. The AirNode host and the owner can be different people. The owner can be based anywhere in the world, while the host has to be in the country and within the path of the World Mobile network.

AirNode owners also receive their reward in WMT, which can convert to local currency. For instance, anyone can acquire an AirNode and distribute connectivity to other users. This creates a sharing economy, allowing the owners and hosts to earn from their products directly. As a result, everyone wins within the network; World Mobile gains their dues through the various charges and users also profit.

Africa might be the Key.

Africa has proven to be a haven for blockchain technology and its numerous applications. This feat has led to multiple partnerships with other blockchain-based companies causing a frenzy of innovations throughout the continent. World Mobile is no different.

Activation team demonstrating World Mobile App to the community in Africa.[Photo/World-Mobile]

Their main goal is to provide a globally recognized decentralized mobile network, and Africa provides the perfect ecosystem for its deployment. This inspired World Mobile to establish a home base in several African countries, such as Zanzibar and Mozambique. So far, the former has experienced most of its accomplishments, setting up a functioning decentralized mobile system. Furthermore, World Mobile is also testing out new projects in Nigeria and Kenya in their pursuit to connect Africa.

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Their goals for the decentralized network are unlimited by their strive for a sharing economy. World Mobile has also sought to improve Africa’s current state by directly empowering its users and providing the necessary facilities for such a change. In addition, they seek to empower young talent in Africa’s film industry.

World Mobile aspires to be at the top of the blockchain industry. However, they intend to deliver a tangible project that brings actual change. They believe blockchain can improve Africa’s current not by providing fancy infrastructure but by directly empowering its citizens. Africa has proven that it is a home of innovation, we only need a little nudge in the right direction, and World Mobile seeks to provide that. In the next few weeks, we will examine the potential, sophistication and innovation World Mobile has brought to Africa.


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