FreedomFi is a networking startup which recently launched a new device called FreedomFi Gateway that promises to make it faster and less costly to create private cellular networks.
FreedomFi recently has introduced a $300 open source device named FreedomFi Gateway that allows everyone to use open source tools and small cell radios to create an LTE or 5G private network. Private cellular networks offer safe wireless Internet connections for an individual or a business and are especially useful in rural areas lacking Wi-Fi internet connectivity. Users will set up the security rules on their network and then begin operating the 5G network. FreedomFi announced On monday that this device is now available in public beta.
According to Boris Renski, co-founder and CEO of FreedomFi, this project will support people living in rural areas where Internet access is poor, since it aims to improve connectivity in those areas. It can also have quicker, more stable networks for companies, too.
FreedomFi has also forged alliances with WiConnect Wireless, which in rural Wisconsin is extending its LTE network, and Dishnet Africa, which aims to develop LTE network networks across multiple parts of Africa.
The growing 5G business is a hot one this year, Gartner estimates that 5G devices will be a $11 billion business, while a further $8 billion will be accounted for by 5G infrastructure.
“This is an environment where Open Source would completely control,” Renski told Business Insider. “5G makes the construction of software-based telecommunications networks feasible.”
FreedomFi Gateway is centered on a project named Magma Open Source
FreedomFi Gateway is built on a network operating program dubbed Magma that is open source, ensuring that anybody can access, contribute to or access the project free of charge.
Two years ago, Renski began working on Magma while he was still marketing director at Mirantis, a cloud computing company. Renski realized he wanted to concentrate on 5G full time whilst working for Magma, so he quit this January to launch FreedomFi.
“The main driver was the experience of emerging Mirantis in a completely different region from zero to a notable company that is just as likely to be transformed by open source as what I have seen firsthand in the room of the enterprise data center,” Renski stated. “I was really enthusiastic about reliving the same strategy and reapplying everything I had learned.”
The FreedomFi Gateway profits will be spent in the development of the Magma venture. A beta FreedomFi gateway will be granted to sponsors who donate $300 to Magma. Additional aid from FreedomFi over Zoom will be provided to donors who donate $1,000.
FreedomFi aims to make Gateway be like Linux
FreedomFi Gateway is not connected to any networking providers because it’s open source, but it’s still versatile enough to work for any vendor customers. A consumer does not need to focus on a single provider in this manner, and may have more flexibility over how their network infrastructure is designed.
“You can customize various suppliers, and it functions out of the box. Open source is about all we create,” Renski added. “If [users] hit a really critical stage and wish to proceed to own the whole thing directly, nothing stops them from doing so.”
Renski explains he aims to help move 5G to a radically new, open source platform with this effort, the way open source Linux has become such a popular operating system.
“To see how open source transformation would be in the enterprise data center room, we had the front row seat,” Renski said. “We would like to lead the telecommunications space transformation.”