Facebook has conquered the social media world and are now starting to branch out. Around 4 billion people still don’t have access to the internet and Mark Zuckerberg is making it his mission to change that. Zuckerberg is now trying to provide every single person on the planet with a stable internet connection.

On Wednesday, Zuckerberg announced OpenCellular. An open source, wireless platform that he hopes will bring connectivity to remote areas of the world.

OpenCellular parts

Trying to provide internet access to over 7 billion people is not a simple task. Zuckerberg has already made efforts in this area with the solar-powered aircraft Aquila. The plane will send high-bandwidth laser beams to transmitters that are located on the ground. These transmitters are then accessed easily by mobile devices. OpenCellular is an addition to this. The box is around the size of a shoe box, with the intention of providing network connectivity for up to 1,500 people in a 10km radius.

OpenCellular will support several types of wireless networks, including 2G, LTE and WiFi. It has a modular design so the box can keep up to par with cellular and wireless standards. By making the hardware and software designs open source, it will decrease the price for operators to make its service available to new users.

Via his Facebook page, Zuckerberg wrote:

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.

Facebook are making good progress in this field. They have multiple projects in the works in order to make net access easily accessible to everyone. Hopefully the breakthroughs in total connectivity continue.

You can see Facebook’s announcement post here.


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