CNET | High-tech snail-mail service what3words goes big in Africa

02/08/2017

Nigeria has a snail-mail problem that creates serious issues, and it’s hoping a high-tech address system can deliver a fix. The postal service of Africa’s most populous country is set to start using what3words.

The technology uses an algorithm to carve up the planet into 3-meter squares — 57 trillion of ’em — and give each a three-word label. Times Square in New York is “///bolts.native.year,” for instance, and Boston’s Faneuil Hall is “///atomic.camera.poem.”

Through its Mail for Every House Initiative, Nigeria’s NIPOST postal service hopes to increase home delivery to 70% during the next two years and to 90% by 2020, and it’s looking to what3words for an assist.

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