A Low Cost Mobile Service For Remote Regions
Some of the world's most inaccessible areas of the world may soon be connected by cellphones, thanks to a new technology being developed by a Silicon Valley start-up.
Range Networks, a Silicon Valley start-up, is developing a mobile communication infrastructure that will offer extremely low cost voice, messaging and data services. The system works with the Universal Software Radio Peripheral to present a GSM air interface to any standard GSM mobile phone and uses open source Asterisk VoIP software to connect calls. The company says that their OpenBTS system, as it is called, needs very little power to operate, making it a great alternative for far-off, inaccessible regions in developing and underdeveloped countries. Some of these systems are already operating in the post-earthquake Haiti.