The ISP-in-the-Box concept is bridging the global digital divide by offering low-income, under-served populations to have access to technology and the Internet. It offers an incentive to those with an Internet connection to sell a portion of their – mostly mobile - connectivity to those who are deprived of or, for whatever reason, not able to acquire a personal Internet account.
Affordable mobile Internet is out of reach for citizens of many developing countries. As a percentage of Gross National Income (GNI) per capital pre or postpaid mobile Internet costs on average are larger than 10% of GNI per capita.
These numbers can reach much higher levels for poor citizens, living on $2 or less per day. At the same time mobile Internet is becoming more and more important in daily life and a key driver in upward mobility. In fact, there is a correlation between GDP and mobile internet penetration.