MetaBlox Expands Its Global Decentralized WiFi Network
Web3 project MetaBlox continues to expanded its global, decentralized WiFi network.
The network uses a token-incentivized growth model that rewards individuals for operating WiFi routers that function as miners.
After describing more fully what makes MetaBlox Web3’s native WiFi network, we’ll give an update on its deployment status.
WiFi Roaming via Decentralized Identity
To achieve seamless and global WiFi coverage, MetaBlox implements OpenRoaming technologies, which enable automatic WiFi roaming between local networks, regardless of the ISP or location. That means reconnections to WiFi at any MetaBlox router, no matter the host, are automatic and passwordless.
To connect to the global WiFi OpenRoaming network, MetaBlox users download a free decentralized identity (DID) credential on the MetaBlox app.
Whenever a DID-enabled device moves within range of a MetaBlox router, these credentials are exported to the blockchain for verification by the MetaBlox router, which then establishes a WiFi connection.
MetaBlox is deploying routers in businesses as well as public locations like parks, libraries, venues, etc. The widespread coverage this enables will allow for continuous WiFi connectivity outside of the home, allowing users to save on data costs.
Since MetaBlox routers verify on-chain credentials, they function as blockchain nodes, which results in a mining process. More specifically, a given router will create a proof of the credential-verifications it carries out to establish a WiFi connection.
After a proof is verified by the network’s other nodes (router-miners) and recorded on the blockchain, the router that established the connection will generate tokens.
Anyone can host a MetaBlox router to earn MBLX tokens.
Network users can also claim tokens by validating MetaBlox routers with a simple tap on the MetaBlox app:
This network validation mining process ensures that all nodes meet MetaBlox’s performance and security standards.
On-Chain Privacy Protection
Although DID-verifications are recorded on the blockchain, MetaBlox protects users’ privacy because it lets them anonymize their identities represented by this credential.
In other words, the network requires no personal traits to be verified to authenticate users’ devices for WiFi connections. Everyone’s identity is represented as a DID on the network.
Web3’s User-Oriented WiFi Network
MetaBlox’s unique, blockchain-based implementation of OpenRoaming delivers the convenience of WiFi roaming under a decentralized operating model that distributes ownership of the network to users themselves through router hosting.
Anyone can purchase a MetaBlox router to host a new node, or use their device to validate the network. These important network-building and maintenance actions are mining processes that will produce MBLX token yields after MetaBlox’s TGE in 2023.
MetaBlox has recently expanded its global decentralized WiFi OpenRoaming network to various cities in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America.
It has also integrated with the Wireless Broadband Alliance’s own OpenRoaming network. This means that MetaBlox users will automatically and securely connect to WiFi when in range of any of the WBA’s over two million routers.
Daily MetaBlox transactions (including DID-verifications, network validations, wallet creations, etc.) have been rising steadily since going live on Harmony in February 2023.
Current daily transactions are at about 10,000, and during the last week of February 2023, MetaBlox hit the #5 position in overall transaction volume on Harmony mainnet. The project has installed 2,000 miner-routers globally, and is looking to grow that number to 20,000 by the end of 2023.
We are also preparing to launch the MBLX token this year, so be sure to stay updated on Web3’s native WiFi network on MetaBlox’s website and community channels!