Texan vendor Baicells Technologies has announced that it is working with Pollen Mobile to help roll out decentralised wireless networks to bring LTE and 5G connectivity to households and communities across the US. Pollen’s decentralised mobile network leverages blockchain technology and is owned and operated by its user community, with a strong focus on user privacy.
The press release explains: ‘Anyone can participate in the build-out of this next-generation, peer-to-peer wireless network. Individuals, small business owners, and others can order Baicells small cell systems, known as Flowers, directly from Pollen via their online store. These new Flowers connect to the existing Pollen network helping to extend its coverage and add capacity, which can be accessed and used to transfer data anonymously via a simple eSIM. In return for providing network coverage and for sending data, Pollen compensates its users with PollenCoin, a Solana-based cryptocurrency.’
According to its website, Pollen was started by Pronto, a San Francisco company that develops autonomous driving technology for off-road applications. Pronto notes that it has already started trialling driverless trucks using this same network technology in remote sites that lack coverage from traditional mobile carriers.