The internet and access to the internet is one of the most powerful forces in the world. The West, as a whole, has a huge advantage as most areas already have the infrastructure in place for the internet. However, in some of the less developed parts of the world, specifically where they lack any sort of IT infrastructure – specifically phone lines1 – it is a challenge to get access to the internet. Well, there was one company at TechCruch Disrupt NY that is working to bring broadband to everyone, everywhere: EveryLayer.
The cost of a high-speed connection in emerging markets can be over 100 times more than it is in North America or Europe, if it’s available at all—it’s no wonder that broadband penetration is less than 6%. To disrupt the status quo, we must radically lower the cost to connect for every last business, city and person everywhere.2
EveryLayer is more of a service provider/technology consulting group than anything else. They work with internet service providers (ISPs) in these developing areas to find the right technology. EveryLayer was all the buzz at TC Disrupt, and with good reason.
EveryLayer brings high quality affordable broadband to emerging markets in Africa and Asia which have the highest growth of new internet users. Our technology and software platform allows us to significantly reduce the required CapEx and and OpEx for last mile network buildout and operations. We have a unique business model that allows us to grow rapidly and partner with existing service providers.3
We had a chance to speak with the EveryLayer team during TC Disrupt, and learned a bit more about the process:
- This is an incredibly interesting tidbit of world history. Places in Rural Africa and Asia essentially skipped a whole generation of technology. While the U.S. and the West as a whole laid down phone and cable lines, these rural regions did not. The upfront cost of such an infrastructure is tremendous. However, as the costs to implement wireless networks rapidly decreased, these rural areas quickly adopted the use of mobile devices. Though these areas were quickly able to adopt wireless networks and mobile technology, the lack of an IT infrastructure has hampered the development of any sort of wired networks. ▲
- EveryLayer.com ▲
- CrunchBase, “EveryLayer” ▲