Facebook recently launched a device that is set to change how internet connectivity and cellular connectivity works. The company has launched OpenCellular; a device they hope will help in improving internet connectivity on all corners of the planet. The company seeks to have more people looking at the internet and Facebook too.
OpenCellular is meant to bring internet access and communication to the remotest of areas in the world. This means no more struggles to log into Facebook when one visits their Upcountry or places with low cellular network coverage.
OpenCellular; Facebook’s innovation
OpenCellular (branded by Facebook) looks like a breadbox by design. It can be mounted on poles, trees, and other objects. The company says that once the device is paired with a source of electricity like battery or solar power it can virtually do all kinds of things to get people connected. One can hook it into an existing cellular network. This will enable mobile phones to receive data.
Depending on the configuration of this device, it can transfer anything from simple 2G data to ultra-fast LTE. It has a 6 mile range, which is unreal considering where simple wi-fi connections lie. You can also use OpenCellular to connect your phones and computers on a network. This means it can be an offline hub where you just use it to interact with other computers and devices on the network.
Facebook has faith that the device, which the company has open-sources so other like-minded people can tap into it, could actually render cellular connectivity expansion inexpensive. This is because there is a lot spent on various inputs that go into supporting a cellular network. This cost is simply non-comparable with the one of building the actual cellular base station. Things like tower construction, permits and financing power and connectivity to the rest of the network are what actually make the establishment expensive. Something OpenCellular could change.
However, it just means that OpenCellular will need these things to operate as a fully functional cellular tower. That’s why Facebook is open-sourcing its design so that other players can jump in and drive the costs down.
OpenCellular is just one of the many strategies employed by Facebook to bring the internet to all corners of the world. The company already launched special drones that can hover in the air for longer periods and beam down internet signals. It has also invested in laser technologies that can carry data at high speeds.