One of the most interesting problems facing the technology industry is getting the billions of unconnected people around the world online.
Facebook and Google think aerial drones are the answer, with plans to put hundreds or thousands of flying robots in the atmosphere to beam down data rather than building expensive infrastructure in remote regions. Given the periodic updates we get on their progress, it seems both solutions are more than a crazy pipe dream.
But they’re also not quite ready for full deployment and won’t be for some time. In the meantime, startups and nonprofits have tried to find ways to send data over the systems that have been built out in emerging markets, including SMS (which has already been adapted for uses beyond simple text messaging, like payments).
Pangea, which presented onstage at Disrupt NY, offered a solution for bringing the unconnected billions online that will sound familiar to…
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