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Afghanistan Goes Wireless With Native Open Source FabFi Network

A group from Afghanistan has come up with an entirely new, innovative idea - FabFi, an open source network which it claims has the potential to function pretty well as a substitute for the Internet.

What’s even more interesting is the fact that a majority of the core of the FabFi network and the accompanying network resources are all made up of trash and cheap electronic parts.

The project enjoyed partial funding by the US National Science Foundation, and was carried out in collaboration with MIT’s Fab Lab.

The FabFi wireless Ethernet network was created entirely from scrap parts and off-the-shelf electronics items, and it is capable of covering up to several miles of distance, according to a TG Daily reports (opens in new tab).

"The system works consistently through heavy rain, smog and a couple of good sized trees," one of the active member in the project claimed.

Much to the delight of the creators and the users, the FabFi network has been up and functioning smoothly for over a year now.

"As long as there’s pressure from those seeking a reasonable life where they can go about their business, there’s hope we can throw a lifeline with these so called undermining capabilities," FabFi project director Amy Sun said on a rather optimistic note.

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