Decentralized wireless (DeWi) network operator World Mobile announced the launch of its app on Google Play for users in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Tanzania on Aug. 22.
The launch comes on the heels of a series of beta tests conducted in numerous markets typically considered underserved when it comes to mobile connectivity and availability, including Kenya, Mozambique and Nigeria. The World Mobile app is also currently available in Zanzibar.
According to World Mobile, its DeWi services are meant to bridge the gap between major telecoms and those in underserved markets. It does so by providing some connectivity services and through the promotion of a blockchain-based sharing system it supports through a proprietary token, World Mobile Token (WMT), and the inclusion of other Cardano-based tokens.
As Cointelegraph recently reported, World Mobile uses a combination of existing infrastructure and alternative technology solutions to serve users. The company says in some areas, for example, it’s tapped into “TV white space” to send and receive data via unused television broadcast spectrums. In others, it adapted SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service for mobile customer use.
According to World Mobile, the Google Play launch will feature the most updated version of the app. However, due to geographical restrictions, some features may not be available:
“It’s important to note that while this release introduces an array of exciting features, not all functions will be universally available due to the varying regulatory frameworks in different countries.”
In related news, World Mobile also announced a partnership with artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics company SingularityNET.
PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT: We’re delighted to announce that we’ve partnered with @SingularityNET, the leader in decentralised Artificial General Intelligence innovation.
Let’s dive into the details of our latest partnership! pic.twitter.com/z6kt4pksQt
— World Mobile (@WorldMobileTeam) August 22, 2023
Per a World Mobile blog post, the two companies will work together to develop and manage customer service solutions for the World Mobile platform.
The post also mentions that the partnership will explore an AI and blockchain-based lending and credit approval service that “adapts to the users’ payment history and reputation.”