Being the biggest social media company more than 1.65 billion users, Facebook decided to take a step further.

Since Facebook has already conquered much of the developed world so now they have to turn to less developed and remote areas and since those places lack the miracle of internet, Facebook thought to actually provide internet access to remote areas of the world.

The company officially announced before some weeks their plans of making an open source, wireless platform called OpenCellular.

OpenCellular is a software and a hardware platform that supports a variety of wireless networking standards (2G, LTE and Wi-F). It can be upgraded to support future standards, simple to install and sturdy enough to operate in extreme weather conditions.

The system is currently undergoing testing and the company is working with partners to make OpenCellular widely available.

Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post:

"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."

But it seems that the OpenCellular isn't the only project that aims to deliver internet access. Three more projects were announced back in April with the names Terragraph, Aries and Aquila. The first one brings high-speed connectivity to urban areas via the fast WiGig standard. The second one, is a platform that efficiently uses the radio spectrum; essentially a followup to 4G technologies and as for the third one it is a solar-powered drone that will bring net access to remote areas.


Petros Stathis