Facebook today launched platform called OpenCellular, which is aimed at reducing the number of people who don't have access to the internet.
The OpenCellular is an open source, "wireless access platform" designed to drive down the cost of setting up cellular networks in places where it has been traditionally difficult to do so. The system is designed to provide the tools to set up a complete network, from the physical equipment to the software that runs it.
According to what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared on his page earlier today:
"On our journey to connect the world, today we announced OpenCellular -- an open source wireless access platform to bring connectivity to remote areas of the world.
More than 4 billion people still don't have basic internet access, and one of the biggest challenges is figuring out how to reach remote areas existing infrastructure doesn't cover.
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.
Along with our solar-powered aircraft Aquila and high-bandwidth laser beams, OpenCellular is the next step on our journey to provide better, more affordable connectivity to bring the world closer together."
It is also of note that facebook launched the Free Basics program pushing for expanded internet access across the globe recently, but there have been some controversy. Earlier this year, India banned the company from expanding their Free Basics program into the country, while Egypt followed suit in April. So let's fold our arms and see how this system will be received across the world.