Next 3B was launched almost two years ago with a bold vision to create social and economic change in developing countries through the mobile Internet. It was done with the deep and committed support of Tata Communications and wonderful partners who believe that the pursuit of market opportunities is perfectly joined with improving the livelihoods of people in developing countries.

Since then, and with the launch of the pilot project in India, the team has learned a lot as we navigated new ways of working together and resolving the challenges of seeing this vision come to life.

What became clear was that the organization would need to evolve to best carry out the work that we started.

We are pleased to announce that The Next 3B is now an independent venture that will continue the aim to realize the global market and development potential of the next 3 billion people joining the Internet.


rangu salgameThe idea for Next 3B was driven by Rangu Salgame while he was CEO, Growth Ventures Service Provider Group at Tata Communications. He is excited to continue his work by serving as the non-executive Chairman of The Next 3B, working alongside other Charter Members to shape the structure and strategy of this new organization .


MC Guay photoMarie-Claude Guay, who has been the project head since the inception of Next 3B, is now the CEO of The Next 3B and will continue to work with partners to expand the reach of The Next 3B.



Together with our Board and our Chief Mentors, our leadership is ready to take The Next 3B to its next phase of evolution.


World Economic Forum

At the 2017 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, The Next 3B held a CEO forum with global thought leaders of the world’s leading corporations, Foundation chairs, and investors, to shape the strategy and roadmap for The Next 3B.

  • Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Co. discussed the unique and exciting aspect of The Next 3B having dual focus on both access to smartphones and the connection to livelihood.
  • Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Winner added that all social impact efforts should be sustainable and would be successful only if they are run as social enterprises.
  • Jaymin Patel, President and CEO, Brightstar shared his vision of recycling millions of smartphones to help eliminate a significant barrier for the next 3 billion coming online.
  • Bill McDonough, Architect and Author of Cradle-to-Cradle drew a parallel between this full circle vision of The Next 3B with the circular economy work that he has done in many supply chains.
  • Alex Wong, Member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum talked about The Next 3B’s strong connection to the WEF’s Internet for All initiative, and collaboration for pilot programs in Africa and other regions.
  • Rangu Salgame, Founder and Chairman of The Next 3B shared the vision of The Next 3B for social and economic change and highlighted its unique nature in bringing partners from various sectors together.
  • Jack Hidary, Co-Founder, The Next 3B gave examples of on-the-ground and peer-to-peer training models of The Next 3B which will ensure rapid technology adoption among the new internet users.
  • Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO, Acumen was the moderator for the event and shared her personal experience in impact investing and its connection to The Next 3B.

Davos speakers

What’s Next

These are exciting times for The Next 3B. The leadership is working hard on finalizing the strategy and the structure of the new organization. The pilot in Odisha, India is running with another pilot location in India under development. Discussions are ongoing about new pilots in Africa and South America that will have different objectives and partners than our first in India.

The Next 3B will continue the good work that was started 20-months ago and will share updates here on this blog as we aim to realize the global market and development potential of the next 3 billion people joining the Internet.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to the next steps.