Network infrastructure has come a long way in 30 years, when the first generation cellular network, 1G, was launched and people began to connect wirelessly. But it still has a long way to go. Now, there are 20 billion connected devices, and just in 5 years, that number is expected to double. Accordingly, monthly mobile data traffic is expected to octuple in 5 years, growing from 14 EB (exabyte) to 110 EB, with the average data traffic per smartphone growing from 2.9GB to 16GB. Needless to say, network infrastructure will need to evolve to match such an exponential growth in data consumption, and it will need to evolve fast.
But will telecom infrastructure sustain such exponential growth in wireless traffic? With upcoming femtocells, LTE-U stations, and 5G, the general trend in cellular network is downsizing coverage area per cell tower while increasing radio frequency to accomplish higher bandwidth. To provide widespread coverage, more cell towers are required; the cost of which comes directly out of customers pockets through mobile data plans.
Could the solution lie with Wi-Fi? With advent of Wave 2 and MU-MIMO, Wi-Fi technology has been continuously improving, but Wi-Fi’s heavy reliance on hardware and infrastructure has stayed the same. Ubiquitous, universal Wi-Fi coverage does not exist providing Wi-Fi at scale is simply too expensive for most venues and municipalities, and this will not change. To meet customers’ growing demand, venues and municipalities suffer and will continue to suffer from hardware installation, upgrade, relocation, and management costs. As opposed to telecom, with Wi-Fi, the burden simply shifts from customers to businesses.
Is there a way to eliminate the burden of infrastructure reliance?
What if we spread internet access through the most ubiquitous hardware that is always up-to-date with most recent wireless technology and has latent bandwidth and computing power to spare?
If we wirelessly connect smartphones and build a decentralized mesh network, we no longer need to depend on centralized infrastructure and incur burdensome hardware costs. Consumers would no longer need to pay as much for data, and businesses would need less Wi-Fi infrastructure to provide widespread coverage. Internet could be accessed at the trivial cost of the everyday users’ latent bandwidth.
This is the first step towards a decentralized internet, the next generation of the internet. This is what Anyfi is building. Imagine everything connected: phones, computers, televisions, automated cars, etc.; all participants of a completely decentralized internet. Everyone would have free internet access without dependence on telecom companies and underlying infrastructure.
Anyfi was founded with the dream of a people-powered internet accessible by anyone, anywhere, anytime. We’d love if you joined us on this journey.
-Brian Jang, CEO & Founder-