Scenario Planning for a Lightning Provider
This gist is an outline of a likely scenario within South Africa, a developing country with a strong interest in Bitcoin & blockchain technologies.
Although it is expected within the LN community that users & merchants will run their own nodes, and fund their own channels, this approach seems to require a level of familiarity with the concepts and technology beyond the comprehension of the average joe, along with a level of access to bitcoin for channel funding purposes that is outside the financial reach of most in this country.
It's far more likely that mainstream adoption will come via parallels to existing widespread usage models, such as:
- buying and loading prepaid airtime, via cash & EFT