I don’t have a when. The reason for that is because the only way that Othernet ends up being useful to the places that actually need the service is by bringing the cost of the receivers down. As everyone on this forum already knows, the entire system already works. Yes, we can deliver receivers based on the current Dreamcatcher, but that doesn’t do anything to support the original goal of the project. I’ve spoken with many, many people who work in the area of educational content delivery in remote areas and the universal feedback has always been that a $100 receiver is a failure.
Fortunately, there have been some recent developments which will help to reduce our own costs for producing the receiver. That is currently in active development. And we are seeing now more than ever (due to Covid school closures) that there is a definitely a place for a low-cost satellite CDN (content delivery network) which focuses on educational content.
Yes, Knapsack for Hope works fine. It’s a similar type of service; broadcast data. Our focus has always been to reduce the size of the receiver and not require a dish for reception. It may have been a mistake to focus on this particular differentiator, but so it goes. In 2014 we had a system similar to that of Knapsack. We also had global coverage from 7 different beams. And users were able to upload their own content through a web interface. In retrospect, I should have just stuck with all of that stuff. The consumer hardware business is tough!
The cost of a channel has been answered a few times in the past. I missed the question about a new channel in Afghanistan. It’s $50,000 per year for a new channel. Getting an NGO to pay for it is a valid idea, but it’s easier said that done. I have yet to have an NGO as a reliable customer. However, I have had a non-profit organization fail to meet the obligations of a contract they signed.
The reason that coverage exists over the USA and EU is because individual customers are able to easily purchase the receivers. In less developed parts of the world, a distribution channel is required, which requires some organization or company to purchase a bulk number of receivers at a discount and then resell those locally. I have yet to find any serious organization interested in doing this.
There is an organization interested in being a distributor in Africa, but they need a local demonstration to move forward and I’m just not interested in speculatively adding new channels anymore. In six years of doing this, I have not had a single free demo turn into a long term agreement.