Access point nodes are the backbone of any network infrastructure and more importantly for internet service providers. A significant percentage of the African population is not connected to high-speed broadband internet, but African cities are densely populated and there is an urgent need to meet the growing demand for reliable internet services. Access points simplify shared services such as broadband connections, a key industry in the growing African market.
Blockchain companies like 3air have partnered with international broadband companies such as K3, a Swiss-based broadband company, to drive the broadband revolution in Africa. 3air is a blockchain company that aims to use its proprietary technology to revolutionize the internet industry in Africa with its unique software.
Access Point nodes and their role in bandwidth sharing
There are several players in the African broadband market; However, in the bandwidth sharing model, the main stakeholders are ISPs, access point operators, broadband users, and finally insurance providers.
In the bandwidth sharing model, these participants need different incentives to work in harmony. Access point operators usually try to share their bandwidth with potential customers and generate revenue. The current solution in most African countries consists of faulty network devices that can barely handle the high speed internet that the growing African market needs.
However, bandwidth sharing can be achieved through revolutionary blockchain technologies such as 3air, which can seamlessly manage the collaboration of the above-mentioned stakeholders. Using this approach, 3air can gain a competitive advantage over existing satellite technology and outdated cell towers that are often overloaded or unable to handle high-speed internet.
Implementation of bandwidth sharing by access point nodes in Africa
A major problem in Africa is inadequate infrastructure to facilitate the establishment of professional access points. To address this challenge, OSH, in partnership with 3air, can provide expanded access points in public areas to provide more accessible connectivity to the public without compromising speed.
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Crafted from premium technology, these access points can perform up to 24 times better than regular cell towers. For example, a typical cell phone mast must serve about 300 subscribers within a maximum radius of two kilometers. On the other hand, the access points offered by 3air can serve up to 5,000 customers within a 50 km radius.
The infrastructure minimizes the expected CAPEX and OPEX as only a few access points are required. In locations where multiple traditional cell towers are required to cover an entire city, fewer than five full base stations may suffice due to the extremely high data transmission rates of up to 1 Gbit/s.
On the African continent, there are several challenges to consider when creating a blockchain-based solution that can revolutionize the internet and broadband industry. The need for a decent internet connection has increased significantly. Countries like Nigeria have a cryptocurrency acceptance rate of 32%, much higher than developed countries like the US and Switzerland.
The high rate of crypto adoption is noted despite the poor internet connection in the country. The successful launch of 3air’s services in such African countries could result in exponential growth rates in the adoption of crypto, banking, healthcare and other platforms that can leverage reliable blockchain and internet technologies.