Facebook – Open Cellular

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.

“Traditional cellular infrastructure can be very expensive, making it difficult for operators to deploy it everywhere and for smaller organizations or individuals to solve hyper local connectivity challenges. It’s often unaffordable for them to attempt to extend network access in both rural and developed communities.”

These devices will likely be deployed in rather harsh conditions, so both the industrial and mechanical design aims to make them rugged enough to withstand high winds and extreme temperatures while still being small enough to be deployed by a single person.

The first 25 prototypes were cast at StudioRed to send to the first customers.