Mongolia's state-owned and largest postal services provider Mongol Post, on Thursday, announced a first of a kind partnership with the UK addressing technology company what3words to introduce accurate postal addresses in Mongolia.
Mongolians who are well-known for keeping nomadic lifestyle for centuries has had problematic experience in keeping street addresses in shipshape, as the urban landscape continues to change at a fast rate and the nomadic population is far from being "on the grid" permanently. For residents of Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, it is still a common routine to use names of buildings for orientations, while the postal and delivery service providers struggle to rely on postal codes and street names only.
what3words, the fast growing UK startup(1), has completely re-engineered global geographical mapping by dividing the surface of the world into 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares, each identified with a fixed tag of three words. Currently available through mobile apps, sites and platforms in over 170 countries, what3words’ offline and local language map offers users the benefits of memorable and exclusive addresses.
Mongol Post, as the first major postal services company to adopt the mapping technology, will now gain a competitive edge with its efficient domestic express delivery and logistics services through its nearly 400 branches nationwide.
The quick adoption of the technology comes after the Mongol Post’s successful privatisation of its 34% stake in the company earlier this year, followed by restructured and reinvigorated plans to expand into commercial package delivery services.
During the launch of the partnership at ICT EXPO 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Mr. Batsaikhan Tsedendamba, CEO of Mongol Post said, “Today’s event is not only an important step for us but also for everyone in the delivery service business. The technology provided by our partner gives every Mongolian an opportunity to own an address for their residency and we are thrilled to be announcing this unique partnership.”
“We are excited that what3words is being introduced to Mongolia through official partners like Mongol Post and MMarket. There are many people in Mongolia who have no addresses - however, the country has a very fast moving technology scene that is open to innovation, which is why Mongolian companies are perfect partners for us” said Clare Jones, Vice President of Global Partnership at what3words.
 In 2016, what3words was selected by EY as top fast-growth technology start-up for the the World Entrepreneurs Of The Year award - http://what3words.com/2016/04/ey/
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