Facebook is open sourcing a hardware platform to deliver internet access to remote areas

Over the past few years, Facebook has been working on novel ways to connect the world to the Web – from delivering internet services using drones and lasers to offering free access to select sites via a controversial platform in developing countries.

Its next foray in this endeavor is OpenCellular, a wireless access platform that supports a wide range of network platforms, including 2G, LTE and Wi-Fi access points. The idea is that its open source hardware and firmware can be deployed at a significantly lower cost than traditional network infrastructure, so that remote areas can be brought online more easily.

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