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THE MOONSHOT CALLED 'BENBENET'

In the last 30 years data-communication grew from individual links from one computer to another to a dense network to offer high-capacity low-cost Internet
It made broadband Internet a utility for all of society like water and electricity.  So it seems.
In that timeframe the Internet grew out to be the place to for the digitalization of our world, thus including an ever-growing part of the global population in the digital world.  So it appears.

Purple Ethernet Cable
Image by Dirk Spijkers

3 BILLION AND RISING

As Nicolas Carr in 'The Big Switch' clearly pointed out: the unprecedentedly rapid deployment of the Internet as a utility obeys basic economic laws of scale. But a large part of the world population is not connected.
We face a profound digital divide with about 3 billion people excluded from this digital network of networks.

KNOWLEDGE IS ...

The United Nations proclaimed the elimination of the 'digital divide' as one of its Millennium Goals. It stated that the participation of this large portion of the global population in social and economic development is of the utmost importance for the world’s future.
The inclusion of these groups of people in global communication networks enables them to develop their talents, to create value and to build and maintain their communities.

United Nations
Image by Martin Adams

DIGITAL UBIQUITY

This challenge of digital inclusion aims to bring down the socio-economic barriers to create real digital ubiquity. 

Trump cards in this play are:

  • The 3 billion people in the Base of the Pyramid (accounting for 61% of the world's population) are  - to a large extend – digitally unconnected and not financially included. They spend most of their days on matters, which are avoidable – related to survival. If we take away some of their daily concerns we will free a tremendous energy.

  • The annual spending in the Base of the Pyramid ranges from $1,000 to $ 3,000. Already in 2004 the business professor C.K Prahalad stated: “This is a serious market if you are able to access it.”

  • A growing number of businesses want to service this Base of the Pyramid but lack effective access to it.

THAT'S WHERE BENBENET COMES IN

Amongst the many local and global initiatives, we present Benbenet to bring the economies of scale of communication networks to all of the world's population. A team of Dutch Telco experts  initially designed the concept. Benbenet is based on two cornerstones: (i) a true ubiquitous network of Low Earth Orbit satellites to connect to any place on the globe, indifferent from natural conditions (like floods, earthquakes), from geographical – or from political conditions and (ii) a low-cost device – call it BenBe – people connect to the network with free basic messages and free mobile payments. There is transparency and autonomy for the consumer.

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BACK TO MOONSHOT

Our model is based on the creation of access for our customers and presents them – commercial and not-for-profit institutions like NGO's – an active community of users.

The BenBe offers basic needs for free: messaging and mobile payments. This reverse costing brings free connection to the end-user and the size of the network of customers defines the value and pricing of the access for companies and generates income for the network provider

 

Our 'moon-shot' is building on a step-by-step approach and we break the project into small manageable pieces that all fit within our dream: connect the unconnected.

 

We invite you to onboard this moonshot. We are there to talk about possibilities to cooperate and join forces in this wonderful project.