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Addressing The Problem

What3Words

Issue 41 | December 2016

Background

75% of the world's population had no reliable system of addressing. Streets, house numbers and post-codes simply did not exist. 4 billion people had no reliable way of receiving mail and consequently were invisible.

In developing countries, it was also a barrier to growth as they could not benefit from the increase in mail from e-commerce.

What3words was a revolutionary new way of finding anyone anywhere.

The world was divided into three-metre squares and each square given a three-word address. Complicated co-ordinates were now reduced to just three everyday words.

What3words wanted to tell Postmasters in ten key African markets about the simple solution they offered.

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