Updated Jan 16, 2018

Community Cellular Networks

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Cellular phones provide vital communication service across the globe, but more than one billion people worldwide live beyond the reach of cellular networks. Sparse population densities and lack of power and infrastructure make building needed rural infrastructure unattractive for traditional telecommunications carriers as compared to their more lucrative urban markets.Rural us...
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Cellular phones provide vital communication service across the globe, but more than one billion people worldwide live beyond the reach of cellular networks. Sparse population densities and lack of power and infrastructure make building needed rural infrastructure unattractive for traditional telecommunications carriers as compared to their more lucrative urban markets.Rural users are systematically denied access to valuable services such as emergency communications, taken advantage of by intermediaries because of information asymmetries, and waste already limited resources on less efficient mechanisms for communicating with friends and family outside of their community. The Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions (TIER) group, supported by the Development Impact Lab (DIL) at UC Berkeley, has developed the Community Cellular Network (CCN). A CCN is a complete “network-in-a-box” cellular system, both owned and operated by local communities. The network is designed for the most remote communities in the world and can be deployed by people of limited technical skill. At its core is a village base station or cell phone tower. Each CNN is extremely inexpensive, (costing under $10,000). It’s also efficient, using less than 50W average power draw and therefore reducing necessary infrastructure and operating costs. The network brings kilometers of coverage to local communities.
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Emergency Communication
  
Enabling Community and Connection
  
Registered in United Statesin United States

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Digital Inclusion & Connectivity

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Mexico and Indonesia

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