Blockchain network operator World Mobile has launched a free connection to Wi-Fi internet in Zanzibar.
Beneficiaries then pay for access, fee-based Internet.
The initiative, in partnership with the eGovernment Agency of Zanzibar (eGAZ), will involve all state agencies, ministries, local government offices and public areas such as buses Train stations, airports, ports, fish markets, hospitals and all other public facilities will receive the internet service.
In the first 60 days, the partnership aims to serve the airport, ports and properties owned by the National Housing Corporation of Zanzibar on the main island of Unguja, as part of World Mobile’s plan to provide connectivity to the entire population of Zanzibar by the end of 2023.
This is the first phase one ambitious partnership and a five-year plan, which is seen as a project that will give a dramatic boost to Zanzibar. s GDP, which includes a Blockchain Center of Excellence, an eGov solution that provides digital identities and integration with government systems.
Micky Watkins, CEO of World Mobile, said that Zanzibar is actively on its way to becoming Africa’s blockchain hub.
“We are excited to help make this a reality and have far-reaching impacts across the to have region. Our efforts to connect the unconnected will improve Zanzibar’s economy in many ways,” he said.
Said Seif Said, Director General of Zanzibar eGovernment Agency, said that this new initiative will shine a spotlight on Zanzibar’s emerging potential as the technology and blockchain hub of the future, starting with providing connectivity for people and businesses in the region.
“We will create innovative new ways of conducting local government and promoting business, and we look forward to reaping the rewards of this spectacular initiative,” said Mr. Said.