Friday, April 23, 2010

Build Your Own Cellular Network

"The task of running a cellular network has usually been reserved for major carriers. But now an open-source project called OpenBTS is proving that almost anyone can cheaply run a network with parts from a home-­supply or auto-supply store. Cell-phone users within such a network can place calls to each other and--if the network is connected to the Internet--to people anywhere in the world.

The project's cofounder, David Burgess, hopes that OpenBTS will mean easier and cheaper access to cellular service in remote parts of the world, including hard-to-reach locations like oil rigs and poor areas without much infrastructure."

in reference to:

"Just about anybody can create an inexpensive cellular base station that routes calls all over the world."
- Technology Review: Build Your Own Cellular Network (view on Google Sidewiki)

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