The device which Facebook calls OpenCellular looks like a breadbox and can be mounted on trees – poles and other objects.
Pair it with a source of electricity – such as a battery or even solar power – and it can do all sorts of things to connect people Facebook says.
You can hook it into an existing cellular network so mobile phones can start receiving data – depending on how the device is configured it can transfer everything from simple 2G data to ultra-fast LTE.
It has a range of about six miles.
OpenCellular can also work without an Internet connection – essentially acting as an offline hub that still allows phones and computers to interact with one another over a local network.
Facebook believes this device – whose design is being open-sourced so non-Facebook people can tinker and experiment with it – could help make it cheaper to expand cellular connectivity.
(ed:..i can see all sorts of people in remote areas/iwi/areas of high poverty snapping this one up…however you look at it..it is a good idea..
..co-op/self-control of yr own information channels/supply/costs – ending the tyranny of remoteness – what’s not to love about that..?