Facebook has recently announced an open source wireless access platform to bring connectivity to remote areas of the world. Facebook Announces OpenCelullar Platform for Remote Areas’ Connectivity. The system is designed to provide the tools to set up a complete network, from the physical equipment to the software that runs it.
Facebook Announces OpenCelullar Platform for Remote Areas’ Connectivity
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said on His Facebook Page regarding OpenCellular that
More than 4 billion people still don’t have basic internet access, and one of the biggest challenges is figuring out how to reach remote areas existing infrastructure doesn’t cover.
We designed OpenCellular as an open system so anyone — from telecom operators to researchers to entrepreneurs — can build and operate wireless networks in remote places. It’s about the size of a shoe box and can support up to 1,500 people from as far as 10 kilometers away.
Along with our solar-powered aircraft Aquila and high-bandwidth laser beams, OpenCellular is the next step on our journey to provide better, more affordable connectivity to bring the world closer together.
According to Facebook, OpenCellular will consist of two main subsystems: one for general purpose and base-band computing, and one to handle the actual radio. Both of those systems were designed to be somewhat modular. The radio system, for example, could be based on a software-defined radio or on a system-on-chip solution. OpenCellular is capable of working with a wide range of common network standards, such as 2G, LTE and wi-fi.
Facebook has been testing the system in their headquarters, and is expecting to release the system later this summer.