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World Mobile, a pioneer in leveraging innovative technology for bridging connectivity gaps, has announced the commencement of a trailblazing aerostat trial in Mozambique, in collaboration with Vodacom Mozambique 

This groundbreaking initiative represents a significant step forward in World Mobile’s mission to connect rural and remote areas across the globe. The company has identified aerostats – tethered balloons equipped with telecommunications equipment – as a promising solution to bring internet access to underserved communities.

"We are thrilled to unveil this venture in Mozambique, a country where rural connectivity is crucial for economic and social development," said Micky Watkins, CEO of World Mobile. "Our aerostats could be the key to unlocking internet access for billions. This technology is not just cost-effective compared to legacy telecom infrastructure but also quick to deploy, making it ideal for remote regions."

In this collaborative effort, Vodacom Mozambique has played a pivotal role by sharing spectrum and other vital resources. "Vodacom’s involvement in this trial is a testament to their commitment to innovation and their support in connecting the unconnected. They have been forward-thinking in their approach, recognizing the potential of new technologies to make a real difference," added Micky Watkins from World Mobile.

The trial in Mozambique is more than just a technological experiment; it's a beacon of hope for countless communities that have remained on the fringes of the digital world. The success of this project could pave the way for similar initiatives across Africa and beyond, bringing us closer to a world where everyone is connected.

"We believe in the power of collaboration and innovation to solve some of the world's most pressing challenges," said Simon Karikari, CEO Vodacom Mozambique. "Our support for World Mobile’s aerostat trial underscores our dedication to exploring new avenues for connectivity. It’s about creating real change for people who need it the most."

The trial started in November and will run for a predetermined period to assess the efficacy and sustainability of the aerostat technology in real-world scenarios.