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Where Cellular Networks Don't Exist, People Are Building Their Own

Where Cellular Networks Don t Exist People Are Building Their Own WIRED


According to the GSM (for Global System for Mobile Communications, the standard technology behind a 2G network) Association, a consortium of commercial mobile providers from all over the world, 1.6 billion people in rural parts of developing countries don’t have access to mobile networks. That’s why Bloom and his collaborators at Rhizomatica say that if you really want to make the benefits of cell phones available to the people who need them most, it’s not enough to democratize the hardware by making the phones themselves super cheap. You have to democratize the infrastructure, the network itself. And that’s a lot harder to do.

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Democratizing the infrastructure could benefit everyone, not just the developing world.

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