06 Mar, 2014 8:33p.m.

Outernet coming with free global WiFi from space

A US company - New York based non-profit organisation Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) is planning to provide all the people across the globe internet data for free. THe proposal for the service proposes using Outernet- a global network of cube satellites broadcasting internet data.

The project requires hundreds of cube satellites to be built and launched to create a constellation of sorts in the sky. This will be a constellation of low-cost, miniature satellites in Low Earth Orbit. Each satellite receives data streams from a network of ground stations and transmits that data in a continuous loop until new content is received. In order to serve the widest possible audience, the entire constellation utilizes globally-accepted, standards-based protocols, such as DVB, Digital Radio Mondiale, and UDP-based WiFi multicasting.

Today people in the remote areas are not able connect to the Internet, as the cost of bringing service to these areas are high. It is estimated that only less than 40% of the global population has access to the Internet. The price of smartphones and tablets is dropping year after year, but the price of data in many parts of the world continues to be unaffordable for the majority of global citizens. In some places, such as rural areas and remote regions, cell towers and Internet cables simply don't exist. Outernet aims to change this.

To build and launch such a network costs $100,000 to $300,000

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