- Facebook’s OpenCellular looks to bring Internet connectivity to rural and unconnected users thanks to open sourcing the designs for a new RAN platform.
- Simply open sourcing its RAN designs is far from sufficient for OpenCellular to be successful, much less change the world.
The dead of summer is usually a quiet time for major telecom news. Multi-week European vacations get in the way of launches, and introductions from trade shows earlier in the year simply exhaust the set of innovations available to make noise about. So, when early July sees a new radio access network (RAN) launch from a tech darling (and telecom outsider) like Facebook, it’s big news.