Mowisat Corporation - Connecting anything, anywhere

Mowisat Corporation bring access to satellite internet as the foundation to delivering communications and digital services in rural areas.

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Organization name

Mowisat Corporation

Year founded

2016

Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $500k - $1m

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1,000 - 5,000

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Mexico

Headquarters location: City

Bahía de las Palmas #1,Verónica Anzures, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Mexico

Location(s) of impact

Mexico: Periurban areas of Mexico City
Mexico: Rural areas of State of Mexico, Mexico
Mexico: Rural areas of State of Puebla

Website

http://mowisatcorp.com
http://mowisat.mx

Facebook URL

https://www.facebook.com/MowisatCorporation/

Twitter URL

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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Mowisat Corporation has a primary activity in commercializing access to satellite internet in Mexico. Satellite internet connectivity is the foundation to delivering communications and digital services to the more than 50% of the Mexican population which remains unconnected, predominantly in rural areas.

Our vision is to create the infrastructure for further development and capacitation to the 57.1 million people that remains unconnected in Mexico.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Starting in Xochimilco Mexico City; we use the Social-WiFi model, a strategy to provide affordable internet access in the peri-urban and rural communities of Mexico. We base our efforts on digital inclusion and empowering people through information and communication technologies to thrive in the digital economy.

Our impact rests in the way we facilitate both internet connectivity and tools for socio-economic development. By detecting the specific needs of these communities, we know how to adapt technological solutions to their problems and improve their knowledge and skills-sets to benefit their domestic economy.

Legislation related to connectivity in Mexico, has been favouring projects of this kind. In particular, Article 6 of the Mexican constitution positioning the access to information as a human right. The only way this can be achieved on a mass scale is through connectivity.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

According to the World Bank, a 10% increase in broadband connectivity penetration leads to a 1.4% increase in a country´s GDP.

The locations are chosen with partners that are already working in rural communities in different capacities, predominantly in communal and human development. Those partners are foundations, NGO’s, Community leaders, state and government representatives.
 
In addition, the Mowisat team is doing site scouting to test out a participative model, based on the Grameen bank model, where individuals from the communities participate in a revenue sharing (5%) scheme to operate, manage and safeguard the deployed infrastructure.

The target is to install 1,000 hotspots by December 2018 and impact more than a 1,000,000.

 
Overall, our model Social WiFi model will empower local people from this areas to thrive in the digital economy through information and communication technologies and provide affordable internet access in peri-urban and rural communities.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

The services that will be delivered are access to internet connectivity based on three revenue generation models:
 
1. Per data (GB)
2. Per time (hr)
 
To deliver the internet connectivity, the hardware required is: 1. Satellite dish antenna, 2. VSAT 3. Access points, 4. Router, 5. Switch. The software required is: back-end control management, splash page, billing system, integration with http://pig.gi.
 
The expected cost of the total infrastructural solution per community is between $1,500 and $2,000 depending on coverage area and population served.
 
The project is financed by Mowisat capital and in some cases through communal participation and partners support.

Contract is signed between Mowisat and the hotspot manager/caretaker.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Legislation related to connectivity in Mexico, has been favouring projects of this kind. In particular, Article 6 of the Mexican constitution positioning the access to information as a human right. The only way this can be achieved on a mass scale is through connectivity.

Other initiatives such as Red Compartida, utilizing licenced spectrum are being rolled out. But, to get to the rural areas it will take them more than 10 years.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

A group of young motivated professionals embarked in a journey to solve the world´s problems on connectivity. Knowing the fact that connectivity brings cheaper and more efficient services of all sorts to the impoverished, strengthen the commitments and dedication to fulfill this vision. After careful analysis of the potential markets that would yield the best results in this research for mass scale connectivity, the team of Mowisat decided to commence the project in Mexico, the reason being, 50% of the population being unconnected and unbanked, representing a huge market opportunity.

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