Facebook launches OpenCellular platform

OpenCellular platform
The hardware and software in the device will be made open source, meaning others are free to adapt it (Facebook)

Facebook has launched an open-sourced communications platform, as part of the social network’s continuing attempts to bring internet connectivity to underserved parts of the world.

Mark Zuckerberg shared images on his profile of a shoebox-sized device that contained the hardware needed to set up a local, wireless network.

“OpenCellular is the next step on our journey to provide better, more affordable connectivity to bring the world closer together,” he wrote.

But Facebook’s efforts in developing countries have been severely criticised over the course of 2016.

The site’s total user base is now more than 1.6bn. In order to keep bringing on new users, Facebook is looking to parts of the world that do not yet have Facebook, or even the internet.

It has developed several technologies, including a lightweight, solar-powered drone that is being engineered and built in the UK.

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