Web: Facebook unveils open-source Cellular Access Point

July 2016 by: From The Web

Drones and giant lasers aren't the only ways to bring Internet access to every corner of the Earth. Facebook today announced that it is also working on a far less expensive method: a shoebox-sized cellular access point that is virtually indestructible and can support everything from 2G to LTE.

Called OpenCellular, the project is currently in its very early stages. Facebook says it has only used the box at its headquarters to send and receive SMS messages, make voice calls, and get basic data connectivity using 2G. But CEO Mark Zuckerberg sees it as a key component in his company's drive to connect the unconnected.

"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," he posted on Facebook. "It's about the size of a shoe box and can support up to 1,500 people from as far as 10 kilometers away.