The internet has been the single-most driving factor behind technology and innovation in the last several decades, and given its impact around the globe, it is a surprise that internet connectivity is not yet considered a basic necessity requiring universal access.
Information is power, but the truth is that until last year, only about half of the world had internet access and the situation does not get better with the growing income inequality in the world. Net neutrality is another debate which has raised major concerns over the control and censorship of internet and essentially its selective access to people.
While everyone believes ensuring unencumbered access to the internet for anyone on the planet is a cause worth taking up, few organizations apart from giants like Google and Facebook are taking real initiatives. This is where Ammbr comes in, with a very ambitious vision to create the world’s largest, independent and decentralized wireless mesh network that provides high speed internet connectivity to everyone around the world.
Led by the Ammbr Foundation, which is set up in Singapore as a not for profit entity, this vision is backed by organizations and experts with considerable experience in communication and blockchain technology.
Up until now, the major challenge in setting up such a network, apart from the technology behind it, was its sustainability without incentive. That changes as Ammbr introduces blockchain based micropayments as financial incentive for the network to survive and thrive.
Basically, anyone is able to share their extra bandwidth in the Ammbr network using Ammbr wireless routers, hence making low-cost high-speed internet accessible for anyone on demand. This sharing is charged according to orders in the market, leading to organic, free market growth and flexible pricing per packet depending on various scenarios.
All the billing and payment transactions take place using the AMMBR, the cryptocurrency for the network and basically anyone owning an Ammbr node can earn AMMBR tokens by sharing their internet with other nodes or users.
The Amber Foundation also realizes the need for cost-effective and economical hardware to promote the wide-spread adoption of the Ammbr network, and they have plans two generations of Ammbr networking devices.
While the first iteration will be based on transceiver chips currently available in the market and will be relatively a little costly, the second generation will be a completely custom developed chip with support for full spectrum communications at very low costs (as low as $50).
The growing information divide is something Ammbr wants to fix with essentially a bandwidth exchange marketplace, and their strategy seems solid with a highly skilled team backing it up.
All this, when put into action, will lead to a highly democratized telecommunications network with the ability to change lives without facing the usual challenges that would become hurdles in such an endeavor.
Website – http://www.ammbr.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/ammbrplatform