FreedomFi wants to help businesses build their own private LTE or 5G networks using open source software. The company recently announced that its FreedomFi gateway is now available in public beta.
The FreedomFi Gateway is a basic x86 networking device that runs open source core network software from Facebook’s Project Magma, and it connects with small cellular radios. FreedomFi provides its ruggedized version of the Magma software.
Sponsors contributing at least $ 300 to Project Magma will receive a free FreedomFi Beta Gateway as well as limited and free access to the CBRS spectrum.
Boris Renski, co-founder and CEO of FreedomFi, said it is important for the private wireless ecosystem for businesses to build their own networks, remaining independent from vendors and keeping control of their network architecture. âHistorically, the cellular market revolved around radio, and that would come with basic software and everything,â Renski said. “The problem would be that you bought it from a seller and you’re stuck with that seller.”
Recently, Renski spoke with Fierce about the steps in setting up a private enterprise-grade cellular network. He also gave a humorous presentation on the subject at the Fall Open Infrastructure Summit.
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FreedomFi co-founder Joey Padden also wrote an in-depth blog on the six key components of an open and private LTE network.
In addition to helping businesses set up private wireless networks, FreedomFi’s technology can be used by operators to set up private LTE or 5G networks for fixed wireless access or mobile broadband.
The company currently has seven customers, including satellite operators, utilities and a cable operator.
WiConnect Wireless partners with FreedomFi to extend its LTE network using open source. âWe operate hundreds of towers, providing fixed wireless access in rural Wisconsin,â WiConnect Wireless president Dave Bangert said in a statement. âWe’ve always wanted to expand our LTE Internet service, but we’re tired of the lockdown issues associated with using a proprietary core network as well as the monthly recurring costs associated with most LTE platforms. ”