Since the Facebook has achieved the milestone of 1 billion users, it is working to provide internet access to remote areas of the world.
While the corporation has already conquered much of the developed countries, it is now turning towards underprivileged and remote areas. And, their first step is to provide those areas with cheaper and easier internet access.
Recently, the company took a significant step in this direction and announced an open source wireless platform named OpenCellular.
OpenCellular is a software and a hardware platform that supports a variety of wireless networking standards including 2G, LTE, and Wi-Fi. It also can be upgraded to support future standards. It is very simple to install and can operate in extreme weather conditions.
Moreover, Facebook will modify an existing open source operating system that is currently undergoing testing. The company is collaborating with its partners to make this open source wireless platform widely available.
“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,” Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.
Facebook’s Earlier Projects
OpenCellular is not the only Facebook project that aims to deliver easier and cheaper internet access. A similar project named Terragraph was unveiled in April with an aim to bring high-speed connectivity in urban areas via WiGig standard.
Another project, Project Aries, was announced in April. It is a platform that efficiently uses the radio spectrum. Then comes Facebook’s solar-powered drone Aquila which brings internet access to remote areas.