An Indestructible Wireless Broadband Network for All – Part 1

“An indestructible wireless broadband network that everyone can use,” is how Devabhaktuni Srikrishna describes the concept of SocialMesh network. Although the original intent was to aid dissidents in their efforts to communicate to each other and the outside world, Rajeev Krishnamoorthy and Srikrishna have found that the underlying approach they proposed for a so-called SocialMesh network would work well for first responder, mobile and fixed broadband networks.

The SocialMesh network concept is built upon proven data transmission theory that was put into practice over 40 years ago. What is new and what makes this unique is the use of the ubiquitous smart phone both as an end point and as a part of the infrastructure. Srikrishna points out that Open Garden  uses the existing radios (WiFi, Bluetooth) to communicate to other devices and establish D2D (Device to Device) networks, in much the same way they had defined the SocialMesh network. This is picking up steam as there are multiple players creating crowd-sourced, wireless broadband including:

To receive the full benefit, Krishnamoorthy and Srikrishna suggest a broad swath of spectrum would be necessary. Their original paper suggested 250 to 750 MHz bandwidth. With spectrum auctions delayed and actions regarding broadcast retransmission consent sure to be discussed in 2014 and First Net struggling how to build an affordable network, now would be a good time for policy makers to take a closer look at this approach to wireless communications.

In part 2 of this two-part interview, we will look at how this crowd sourced approach to communications allocates spectrum without the need for human intervention.