For 80% of humanity, the Internet as we know it does not exist, so we built a new way to share information.

 

 

Think of how slowly your cell phone receives (or doesn't receive) data when you've gone hiking or been on a subway and you have felt the problem over 4.3 billion people face. 

Outernet data is completely global and totally free.

Remember the old televisions that got free channels when you turned them on? That's kind of like how Outernet works, but with digital content from the web instead of TV shows.

 


Global Coverage

Humanity's Public Library is broadcast on six satellites at 1 GB/day using Ku-band and C-band.

No subscriptions

No account creation, no recurring fees, no hassle. Just plug in an Outernet receiver and begin seeing data in seconds.

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Easy to use

Hundreds of millions of dishes already point at our satellites to receive TV, but we've made pointing a new dish easy too.


Outernet in the Press:

Lighthouse puts every child on Earth within reach of an education.

 

The Outernet multicast includes the collections of Khan Academy, Wikimedia projects (including Wikipedia), Project Gutenberg, the Open Education Consortium, and much more.

Lighthouse stores the information it receives from Outernet on its internal drive. Teachers and students can connect to the Lighthouse Wi-Fi signal to browse the content or connect Lighthouse to an existing LAN network.

 

 

Share Content Locally

Add content to Lighthouse and make it available over Lighthouses's Wi-Fi to everyone or to just a few people. Students can turn in homework digitally or a school can add courseware its already using to Lighthouse.

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Decide What Is Shared

Outernet's multicast is publicly editable, so a school or teacher can use WhatsApp or Twitter to request specific material or more of a genre, like "Algebra lesson plans in Hindi." We are currently building out this process here.

Exceptional Content:

 

There are so many great ways to use Lighthouse.

Lighthouse can enable information access in refugee camps, disaster recovery, rural communities, home and businesses, and more. Click here to support projects that want to use Outernet to receive information.

“For 60 percent of the world’s population, regular internet access is about as common as flying cars.”
Gizmodo

"60% of humanity" is a huge number and hard to visualize. We break it down in this 1:59 video.

We support any effort to make the Internet more accessible. 

However, extending infrastructure to reach most people is costly, decades away, and the recurring data fees accompanying it will still be too expensive for most. 

Outernet is a new way to distribute data independently of the Internet that addresses many of the problems with conventional data access in developing markets.

 

Unlocked

Buy a receiver from us, make your own, or copy ours.

Compatible

Works in any browser - no extra software required. Try it!

Anonymous

Outernet is receive-only, making monitoring impossible.

Always Free

There is no fee of any kind to receive Outernet data.

Decentralized

Like FM radio, no accounts or registration. Just turn it on. 

Works Anywhere

If you can see one of our six satellites, you're covered.

Large Files

Currently 1 GB/day and tested at up to 25 Mbps.

Publicly Edited

Anyone can add or request content to be multicast.

 

"2G will remain the dominant technology in many lower income countries for a number of years to come..." 

The Mobile Economy 2014 Report, GSMA

Buy from Outernet, build your own, or upgrade your existing hardware.

 

Lighthouse

Lantern

DIY Kit

Android App

 

Cost:

Data Service:

Fixed: 1 GB/day

Mobile: 10 MB/day

Satellite Dish:

Availability:

$99

Fixed 

X

 

Required

For Sale

$199

Fixed & Mobile 

X

X

Optional

November, 2015

$35 - $135

Fixed

X

 

Required

For Sale

Free

Fixed

X

 

Required

September, 2015


OS:

Weight:

Dimensions:

Internal Storage:

Power:

Battery?

     Solar Panels?

Wi-Fi Range:

Max Number of Client Devices: 

Librarian

170 grams

18x13.25x3.5 cm 

4 GB

Outlet 12V/2A

No

No

50 ft.

5

Librarian

In Development

In Development

4 GB or 16 GB

9V/2A (target)

Yes

Yes

20 ft. (target)

In Development

Librarian

Variable

Variable

Variable

Outlet 12V/2A

No

No

N/A

Varies by dongle

Android

This app lets an Android-based TV set-top box receive Outernet data. Functionality depends on the specifications of the set-top box.

 

 


 

You can read more about Outernet hardware in our wiki or ask a question in our forum.