"Anyone can run their own Wi-Fi network. Cellular networks have been
another matter entirely, until now. With Facebook's Magma open-source
distributed mobile packet software project, FreedomFi enables anyone to
build low cost, private, long-range, reliable, and secure 4G LTE and 5G
networks. This is done using its its beta FreedomFi Gateway hardware and
Historically, building a cellular network requires a lot of proprietary
hardware from incumbent network equipment manufacturers. This has made
it much too expensive for individuals or companies to set up even a
small scale cellular network. With the rise of Software-Defined
Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), it's become
orders of magnitude cheaper to build your own cellular network.
FreedomFi Gateway is the next logical step in this networking journey.
It's a commodity, x86 network appliance that offers a straightforward,
highly affordable path for anyone to build their own Private LTE or 5G
network using open-source software and small cell radios. The beta
edition of the FreedomFi Gateway is available on the company website to
open-source project sponsors for as little as $300."
Via Steven Vaughan-Nichols, who wrote "There’s now an affordable,
do-it-yourself open-source 4G/5G base-station kit. Yes. Really."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics