The project is called OpenCellular. Facebook has evolved from being just a social media website a long time ago. Through its many and varied feature, Facebook currently strives to achieve one thing above all others – connectivity. And it comes as no surprise to learn that Facebook is now taking steps to allow remote worldwide locations to connect to the internet. The best part of this plan is that it is meant to be affordable.
The project is called OpenCellular
The OpenCellular project is going to be open source and it will be featuring both hardware and software aspects. Facebook wants to achieve stable connections through minimalistic and resilient access points.
An OpenCellular access point will manage any internet connection from 2G to LTE. One access point will allow up to 1,500 connected devices in a range of six miles or ten kilometers.
Technical data aside, the other main feature of OpenCellular devices will be their nigh-immunity to natural weather events, as well as extreme natural temperatures.The boxes are meant to be small and minimalistic, currently referred to as shoebox-sized.
OpenCellular is still in heavy research and development in Facebook facilities. Having to manage 1,500 varied wireless connections in a radius of 6 miles is demanding enough for most access points.
Managing temperatures that can cause overheating, freezing, or even powerful thunderstorms with strong electromagnetic interference while handling those connections for such a large radius sounds impossible.
Facebook wants to make the technology happen and they want it to be affordable. Everything is open source. If for any reason OpenCellular is put on hold or canceled, interested parties will be able to continue development on the access points. Likewise, if somebody looks at the data and realizes of a way to improve it, they will probably have a job with Facebook and be set for life.
With Facebook being 12 years old and currently keeping 1.65 billion people in the world connected at any time, it has become clear that anyone in the connected world who would be interested in the service, already has an account.
Although the technology of OpenCellular will be able to achieve a lot of things over time, it is still a technology managed by the desire to connect the world.
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