BlockMesh Sets Out To Provide Free Internet Across Africa
Blockchain and other emerging technologies are changing the way we carry out tasks. Almost every industry is experiencing the disruption that these technologies have caused.
The telecommunications industry is no exception, especially with the kind of solutions platforms like BlockMesh are bringing to the fore. Communication and information transfer represents the fuel that powers every other aspect of modern-day technology.
The growth of the smartphone industry and how people use mobile applications these days is evidence of the role information transfer plays in today’s world. Despite how vital information exchange has become to humankind, existing services in this sector are not cheap to come by.
Therefore, the cost of mobile data and phone credit is a setback for a lot of people, particularly in developing countries. People spend a significant chunk of their earnings to communicate and carry out other essential tasks.
Introducing Mesh Technology In Communication
The BlockMesh solution, which provides an entirely cost-free telecommunications service is out to give the majority of users a much-needed relief. Rather than relying on the expensive data of typical cellular service providers and other ISPs, Bluetooth and WiFi enablement in a mesh network is being explored for cost-free communication.
According to the Marketing Director of BlockMesh, Wesley Billet, BlockMesh’s vision is to create the world’s first decentralised, cost-free communications network. Moreover, it rewards its users with cryptocurrency for supporting the network.
He explained that the company’s goal is to become the leader in mesh technology by reinvesting in it. They are consequently creating a platform where any developer can take advantage of the BlockMesh network with its simple open-source API.
The system will also make it possible for there to be many healthy and active mesh-network communities throughout the African continent, to begin with. The BlockMesh platform is a platform supporting mesh based devices by focusing on communication and loT.
Billet remarked that the platform would provide users with the ability to communicate and digitally transact in the peer to peer network. This paradigm will crush data costs and banking fees.
“We aim to create a self-sustainable financial ecosystem for communication and loT. Users and loT devices can ‘earn’ a BMH Token for supporting the network via ‘mining’.”
The BlockMesh Dynamic Business Model
Billet told QBITtimes that the BlockMesh business model is robust and well-articulated. He described the platform’s focus areas to include the following:
- Mesh Dev – a platform built for developers which will enable them to add the mesh networking infrastructure developed to their current apps/platforms. Thus enabling cost-free data transfer/app use for their users.
- Mesh Ex – the custom WiFi routers users will be able to install in their homes or offices. They will be rewarded with BMH Tokens for each MB of data that passes through their router. This not only extends the mesh network but pays its owner to use it.
- Mesh Ad – a revolutionary take on real-world advertising. Knowing what your audience is interested in, and what they engage with is of utmost importance. The advertising platform will offer partners the most targeted geo-located and demographic insights ever acquired.
- CSR – Open to partnering with companies to support their Corporate Social Responsibility directives by giving them the ability to access or help build mesh-enabled comms networks in needing communities.
There is a Communication Gap that BlockMesh is out to fill
The drive behind the BlockMesh project is born out of a dire need of basic services and infrastructure for the teeming underserved African population. According to the Marketing Director, the project idea originated in South Africa. As a result, the team had witnessed first-hand, what poverty, inequality and a lack of communication and access to essential internet can do to such a developing country.
Hence, the focus on solving this problem by developing a cost-free communications app that pays its users to use it. He also highlighted the great desire of the founder and CEO of BlockMesh, Bjorn Dingemans, whose relentless efforts have been visible for all to see.
Dingemans is involved in several crucial activities over the last few years that have seen BlockMesh move from just an idea to what it has become today.
The BlockMesh Algorithm will Pay Users to Participate
The BlockMesh blockchain is based on a Proof of Network algorithm (PoN) which rewards devices connected to the network. It is built around a data counter that records the volume of data which passes through the device.
These devices play the role of verifying transactions and are rewarded for the computing power of the mobile device. So, participants within the network do not only enjoy cost-free communication but also stand to earn money while at it.
Many countries throughout Africa have among the highest data costs per capita around the world. Africa has four of the six most expensive countries on the list, with Zimbabwe (most costly) joined by Equatorial Guinea, Saint Helena and Djibouti.
Billet emphasised that the BlockMesh mission is to drastically reduce the mobile data cost to individuals around the world. In an era of information being one of the most valuable assets, the company believes in making communication more accessible as the key to enabling universal growth.
As mentioned above, this will materialise by creating a decentralised communications network, where users can communicate and stay independent from cellular network providers. The coverage will follow the users and not the other way around.
Thanks to blockchain technology, this goal is realistic. Billet said:
“BlockMesh will enable cost-free communication by creating a global mesh network which allows our users to skip typical cellular and ISP “toll roads”. We are developing a wallet which will give greater freedom to the unbanked via the platform. We aim to disrupt the current monopoly on global communications. Through mesh networking and blockchain technology, we strive to empower our users to connect at next to no cost.”
A necessary Intervention For The African Region
The project is all-important in Africa and specifically in South Africa (the headquarters of BlockMesh) as there are massive inequality and poverty rates. There is a large portion of the population living in informal housing settlements known as ‘townships’.
These areas have lots of people living close to one another, and many use basic smartphones to communicate with friends and family. However, they need to spend a proportion of their low income to buy data to do so.
Through the BlockMesh network, there is the hope of alleviating this burden by providing a cost-free communications network. Eventually, users get rewarded through tokens that they can later spend on physical goods and services.
Billet, however, noted that the project is currently working on its software, namely the iOS and Android chat apps. The goal is to release this in the next few months, after which it will start building its network in South Africa.
After that, the next phase of focus will be on hardware development, the MeshEx Booster, and then the creation of a custom blockchain, Proof of Network algorithms and token reward system with retailer acceptance.
BlockMesh already has a very active and driven community that Billet recognises and thanks for their continued support and patience as the project navigates the tough bear market. You can become a part of this fast-growing community by joining on Telegram or Twitter. Blockchain and other emerging technologies are changing the way we carry out tasks