Four billion people world over are still deprived of internet access. And Facebook wants to bring the OpenCellular wireless platform to give them Internet connectivity.
OpenCellular Wireless Platform
When on one hand we are living in a world with super-fast connectivity like Google Fiber, on the other, there are billions of people still around, who do not even have the basic internet experiences. And keeping this in mind, Facebook is looking to change things with OpenCellular. OpenCellular is the company’s open-source wireless access platform, that’s built for providing internet access even to the remote regions across the globe.
Speaking about OpenCellular Wireless Platform, it’s only as big as the size of your shoe box. It has the ability to extend support to nearly 1500 users around an area of 10kms. Apart from that, it also offers connectivity options like wireless service, 2G and LTE and many more. By the end of the last year, there were over four billion people without internet access. And a whopping 700 million are left out of the cellular connectivity range.
The open source meaning for OpenCellular means it will let telecom operators, researchers and the likes to develop on the current design. No wonder, Facebook will be working alongside the members of the Telecom Infra Project so it can allow it to support the community.
It will be summer until the OpenCellular Wireless Platform’s first edition will become available. And the testing on Facebook’s part is at the moment underway.
Kashif Ali, who is an engineer with Facebook, says:
“With OpenCellular, we want to develop affordable new technology that can expand capacity and make it more cost-effective for operators to deploy networks in places where coverage is scarce. By open-sourcing the hardware and software designs for this technology, we expect costs to decrease for operators and to make it accessible to new participants.”