Be-Bound in Laos connecting rural villages

The Digital Divide in Laos: What’s at Stake

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The Internet was first introduced to Laos in 1994 with an email server set up at the Lao National Polytechnic Institute, and by 2016, the number of reported internet users in the country stood at just 15.7% of the population. This is up from the 7% reported in 2010, which was already double the number of users there were in 2008. But with 84.3% of the country still unconnected today, the digital divide remains a complex challenge. Even though Laos has experienced a steady rise in internet users along with economic development, bridging the digital divide requires more than just introducing the population to smartphones and computers.

The country of Laos provides a case study that demonstrates the main barriers to internet adoption and helps us understand what needs be done to get more people connected.

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Be-Bound and FAMOCO: A Partnership to Increase Mobile Connectivity

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Be-Bound is happy to announce that we are partnering with FAMOCO, the leader of Android-based transactional devices, as a step towards bringing connectivity to all. Together, our companies have decided that integrating Be-Bound’s technology (N4B) into Famoco devices will optimize transactions and the flow of data in regions where the majority of local businesses still face daily struggles related to the digital divide.

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India’s Bold Move Toward a Cashless Society

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A massive shift is taking place in India’s economy. Last year, the country began to “demonetize”, a decision that would affect about 1.3 billion people at once. The process began with Prime Minister Narendra Modi making all 500 and 1000 rupee notes illegal in India. Those notes represented about 85% of the money in circulation, so in a single day, all Indians had to find a way to keep living with less cash available.

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Be-Bound is working with what3words to create project Dor2Dor

Be-Bound in Action: Making Addresses Easily Locatable for the Ivory Coast

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Forget about the 4 Billion people without Internet access for a moment. There’s another problem affecting 4 Billion people: invisible physical addresses. Those without an official address are invisible to delivery systems. From mail delivery, to emergency services, the simple fact of having an address is something most of us take for granted, but is something that would be life-changing for those without. That’s why Be-Bound is joining what3words on an initial project that will be launched in the Ivory Coast to make every location, locatable. Be-Bound and what3words are working with La Poste in the Ivory Coast with the goal of making mail delivery as efficient as possible.

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Be-Bound at COP22 to launch #StartupAfro

In Search Of The Best African Startup: #StartupAfro Contest

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After winning French Startup of the Year, Be-Bound is partnering up with the companies SNCF, PWC, ENGIE and Qwant. to launch a competition for the “Best African Startup of the Year 2017” (#StartupAfro). We join this project to encourage the digitalization of Africa. Applications are open to all startups located in Africa, and startups founded by at least one member of the African diaspora, as well as international startups who are looking to move into Africa.

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Digital Divide: The Human Imperative Can Be A Sustainable Business Opportunity

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A special message from Albert Szulman, Be-Bound’s CEO

It’s now been several years since major players decided to enter the world of connectivity. Today, for example, Google and others are striving for 5G, while Facebook and others are working to get 4G worldwide.

Nevertheless, some of these projects, each seemingly more amazing than the other, have encountered some major challenges, and interruptions. This is the case with Facebook’s Internet.org, which had the goal of bringing connectivity to the world population in countries lacking the necessary infrastructure, particularly in Africa. Unfortunately, the satellite that was expected to deliver this advanced technology exploded on the ground when the rocket was expected to launch into orbit.
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