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.
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.
A few words from Albert Szulman, Be-Bound’s CEO.
In the human brain, there are neurons and synapses that circulate information, all enabled by a fast and fluid connection. Successful circulation and exchanges mean that the brain is functioning at full capacity.
But when the capacity of this circulation diminishes due to deterioration or death of a neuron or synapse, an entire region can be slowed, ultimately reducing the full potential of the brain. The same phenomenon can be observed on a planetary level, where the world is one gigantic brain in which mobile phones and Internet are the neurons and synapses, and the networks for Internet and mobile phones are what enable the electrical pulses.
The connected world is still a fantasy, as so many around the world remain digitally isolated. Isolated because they don’t own smartphone, and/or because they don’t have access to the Internet. Today, there are around 4 billion people without access to high speed mobile internet due to a lack of infrastructure.
Africa is experiencing rapid growth in mobile telephony, but is still one of the world’s most unconnected continents.
For Africa, it is estimated that if the Internet took hold on a much larger scale in the coming decade, it could potentially add $300 billion to the contintent’s GDP , specifically impacting 6 key sectors: financial, educational, agricultural, health, retail, and government.
While many Africans are accessing the Internet, and pushing for higher Internet penetration, why are so many still offline? The reasons for Africa are the same as they are around the world. The primary barriers to Internet adoption everywhere are: affordability, poor infrastructure and relevance. To understand these barriers and how they affect Africa, let’s take a closer look.
The State of Broadband 2015, a report recently released by the Broadband Commission for Sustainable development, gives insight into worldwide Internet usage as well as the stakes at play to once and for all bridge the digital divide.. Here some points we think are worth mentioning that shed light on Internet in 2015.
If you follow Be-Bound®’s blog, you’re well aware by now that there’s a global race to bridge the digital divide and bring Internet to everyone. But for those new to the issue, here’s a video that sums up what major players are doing in less than 2 minutes:
The next revolution will be all about connectivity. What, besides the existence of the Internet is making that possible? …you guessed it. SMARTPHONES!
Mobile Is Eating The World
Benedict Evans works for one of the top venture capital firms, Andreessen Horowitz, in Silicon Valley. Last year he put together a presentation for the annual WSJD Conference (2015 program here), and he recently released an updated version that is well-worth sharing with you. In this new version, he’s added close to another 15 minutes. Anyone interested in where mobile has been, and predictions for the next 5 years, will want to take a half hour to watch the entire video to see all the great smartphone statistics he’s gathered.
The ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – (ICTs), an organization that is“committed to connecting the world”. To do so, the ITU monitors the way people are connected in the world, the problems they encounter, the connection gaps and barriers, all in large part to bridge the digital divide (for an overview of ITU click here). They report annually on ICT “Facts and Figures” and this past month the latest issue, “ICT Facts & Figures – the world in 2015” was released. The entire report is worth viewing, but here’s a digest of some of the key points.