This would be a dream come true for all South Africans.
The cryptocurrency world is truly a confusing place for most people. “Crypto this” and “BlockMesh that” has left many South Africans scratching their heads. What do South Africans know a lot about, though? Data, yes, we all know this struggle well.
BlockMesh is a crypto firm that aims to make mobile data free. Ok, hold on, what the hell is a “BlockMesh” really though.
The crypto firm utilises the latest innovations in mesh networking technology to “create cost-free communication networks.” The firm is open about its main goal, “disrupting the communications industry”.
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BlockMesh has a South African based founder and core-team. According to a statement from the group, South Africa’s poverty and high data prices are one of the reasons behind limited growth.
The BlockMesh network will look to “free up a huge part of users’ income” in developing countries.
BlockMesh Founder, Bjorn Guido, explains how the service will look to connect you to basically everything, without chowing your data.
“We harness the power of the Internet of Things to provide interpersonal communication which isn’t just free to use, but actually rewards users in cryptocurrency to use it. Our network will be made up of the excess bandwidth that exists across the world.”
“This will allow your smart television, your Wi-Fi router, iPad – basically anything that has internet connectivity – to form part of our global revolution. Instead of your data being an expense it becomes an asset by earning you extra money.”
While using the internet without using data might seem a bit too good to be true, modern technology is changing everything.
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Mesh technology is a telecommunications system that can work outside of regular cellular tower range due to “the peer-to-peer mesh network” it enables. By creating a network powered by Bluetooth or Wi-Fi if available, the mesh network sidesteps typical cellular and data costs imposed by the incumbents.
The firm closed its fundraising operations in February and has already launched early versions of their chat and wallet apps on to the Google Play Store.
If the data thing wasn’t enough, the admittedly impressive firm is also in the final stages of developing a “Keyring booster”.
If all goes well, the flash drive size device will be able to extend your smartphones range from 150m to up to 15km.
If you want more details about the app, be sure to check BlockMesh out here.
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