We live in exciting times, with the convergence and emergence of an incredible array of technologies, all with tremendous promise in their own right, but potentially explosive when applied in concert.
Pre-requisite to Web 3.0
Ammbrtech has been building the foundational components of a much larger vision, focusing on the highly complex subject of wireless radio frequency (RF) communications and Edge Computing, but with the added imperative of low CAPEX / OPEX deployment and operations.
Cost reduction is essential when taking into account that only half of the global population enjoy Internet connectivity (The State of Broadband 2019: ITU). This is largely due to the vast distances in rural areas, and affordability.
In developed economies there is an issue with the high costs of deploying fiber to the home (FTTH), and Ammbrtech offers a low-cost alternative that can deliver gigabit quality to homes.
Broadband Internet infrastructure is key to deploying the numerous applications and services that underpin a modern economy, and therefore it is the first step to achieving large scale socio-economic impact as described by the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the developmental policies of most countries. This means overcoming the distances and the affordability challenges.
We build our own fixed wireless access hardware, driving down costs, while reducing deployment and operating costs by making the hardware fully autonomous. We have made in the current iteration of our commercial solution (commercially available now), will be realized as a fully autonomous networking appliance by mid-2020.
The Ammbrtech networking appliance is able to serve end consumers – people and smart devices – across the general categories of wireless communications.
IoT (LoRa, Sigfox, LoFi, etc.) + Wi-Fi + TVWS + Cellular (3G/4G/5G) + Satellite
Ammbrtech has developed a smart antenna platform, which will result in several models of antennas in the coming months and years suited to a wide range of use cases. The first, important application is supporting full autonomy of our wireless equipment. Features include machine-managed directionality, non-line of site, wide spectrum support and radical cost reduction.
The Autonomous Network
Full autonomy involves equipment that runs itself, with no (or minimum) human intervention. The reason this is important is because it is pivotal in eliminating much of the complexity and costs of deployment and ongoing operation, which is an impediment to serving rural and sub-economic communities.
This entails smart radio equipment fitted with smart antennas that allow communications at short and long range, with machine-controllable RF beam directionality. With this equipment there will be no requirement, as there is today, for network engineers to configure devices, and align antennas. Everything is contained in a singular, self-configuring, self-managing device, controllable from a distance if required, that simply needs humans to mount it, provide power, and walk away.
We have chosen a mesh topology to achieve robust last mile coverage. Traditionally mesh was highly inefficient, losing 50% of bandwidth per hop. Ammbrtech is now only losing 2.4% or less per hop, allowing us to take bandwidth deeper into a local community.
Lowering Total Cost of Ownership
Radical engineering has allowed us to map out a path of cost reduction that will deliver this hardware package that satisfies the requirements of operators in even the poorest rural regions of the world, ensuring there is economic justification for deployment and ongoing maintenance of networks.
The other dimension of this looking beyond the pure connectivity business case and seeing the multiple revenue streams that are unlocked by connectivity. By providing a common platform that also delivers platform services, including payment and settlement, cryptographically secured identity, edge computation and storage, the revenue stack quickly justifies deployment of the network in almost any scenario.
Partnerships because it is an Ecosystem
We are working with several companies in areas beyond the immediate product and network deployment scenarios. The Ammbrtech network provides underpinning services such as cryptographic co-processing support, blockchain node support, and powerful computing resources and storage at the edge of the network in a containerized and orchestrated paradigm. The result is that deploying a secure service with low-latency and high speed to end users is greatly simplified. Additionally, there are plans to extend optimized cloud resources for building AI and Big Data solutions out to the edge that will revolutionize the network as we understand it today. To better understand some of these concepts we recommend reading the Spatial Web by Gabriel René, Dan Mapes, and Jay Samit.