K3 broadband solution
3air has formed a partnership with K3. At this time, we believe K3 has the best potential to kickstart the 3air platform because of its proprietary technology that enables them to build true broadband in densely populated urban areas of developing countries. Their technology and vision align with that of 3air and should bring equal opportunities to Africa’s cities with providing stable, secure, and affordable broadband, TV, and telephony.
K3 should build broadband infrastructure in urban African areas providing broadband internet connection, digital TV, and IP telephony to millions of people. 3air may coinvest in K3 broadband infrastructure. With this infrastructure alone there is potential of bringing over 1 million users on the 3air platform within 3 years and north of 10 million users within 10 years.
K3 Lastmile solution is a patented wireless technology for broadband data transfer over great distances with the throughput and performance equaling that of a cable network. K3 Lastmile solution is a wireless infrastructure with the only technology worldwide that can completely replace any wire connection.
Figure 19 Technology comparison: Cable broadband vs. K3 Lastmile solution
K3 Lastmile solution is a unique integrated wireless triple play content providing system based on a point to multipoint solution on the telecommunication market, providing radio access to all the residential and business users in a radius of up to 50 km from every base station. With this we are able to provide all the triple play services that residential and SOHO users are looking for today.
The system also provides the possibility of providing content like remote healthcare, E-government, virtual schools, automatic meter reading, remote work, and others. Standards used in the system are well known and world certified, like DOCSIS, EuroDOCSIS, TDMA DVB-C, DVB-T and similar.
K3 provided services:
- Ultra-High-speed Broadband Internet (up to 1.000 Mbps per end user).
- OTT Services (Netflix, Apple TV and other TV, streaming services, Timeshift, VoD functionality, 150+ SD and HD digital TV channels, for unlimited number of TV users because TV signal is broadcasted)
- VoIP Content (Full premium functionality services: Caller ID, Call Transfer, Fax, Voice Mail, Simultaneous Multiple Line use…)
Up to 17.112 Mbps per Base station delivered.
Up to 15.000 users per base station served.
Up to 1.000 Mbps per end user.
Key use cases, delivered across different user groups and jurisdictions are summarized below.
Figure 20 K3 Lastmile solution key use cases
K3 in cooperation with 3air should bring broadband internet, digital TV, and IP telephony to the following countries:
- Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC),
- Congo Brazzaville,
- Ivory Coast,
Licenses and contacts have already been established in most of mentioned countries with Ethiopia, DRC and Nigeria being ready to start immediately upon funding.
K3 is already present and fully operational in Sierra Leone and has started the investment process in the Democratic Republic of Congo in September of 2021. Once the 3air platform is ready, K3 may move all their existing clients to the 3air platform, thereby guaranteeing fast adoption in the early stages of the platform.
K3 provides all needed services in house. 3air may bring all their services to the blockchain.
New technologies for low-income areas
K3 and 3air are developing an IoT platform in combination with a low-cost Wi-Fi mesh network. This will be included in the future services and will provide broadband services at ultra-low prices for areas that cannot afford high quality, dedicated, or shared broadband services.
This project is already in the pilot phase in Sierra Leone.