Sci/Tech

OpenCellular Platform initiated by Facebook

Despite previous efforts proving futile, Facebook has never stopped finding means to reach out to more people.

OpenCellular is Facebook’s newest attempt at improving the connectivity to the internet in developing countries.

The OpenCellular works by providing far-flung areas with connectivity to the internet, 2G, LTE, and Wi-Fi, through a small shoebox-sized unit.  They aim to make the hardware open-source in the future. Early testing of the device at the Facebook headquarters

This is just one of their several developments, apart from a drone which is powered by solar energy, crafted in the UK. According to Mark Zuckerberg, the OpenCellular is a great leap towards having better connectivity to the rest of the world for less, and he has also shared pictures of how the device looks like on his Facebook account.

Apart from improving connectivity, this device was also created with hopes of having more Facebook users around the globe, adding more to the 1.6 billion users.

OpenCellular aims to address the problem of costly extension of network access among various communities, as traditional cellular infrastructure often comes with great expenses, therefore, making deployment difficult, and in some cases, impossible.

Experiments and trial runs for the OpenCellular Project are still being pursued despite their intentions being placed under heavy scrutiny in some countries, like India. The criticism of the country was the cause of suspension of the Free Basics service of Facebook.

The Free Basics project was though to give Facebook an unfair competition with internet firms in the area.

Mr. Zuckerberg has expressed being upset over these opinions.

 

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