Learn more about filecasting, the Filecast Center, or applications of technology. Visit our product page to learn more about our receivers. 

Life cycle of a file

transmission

A file is converted into a radio signal and transmitted around the world over satellites. 

This process is similar to what happens with satellite radio, but the file can be in any format.

Read more about the signal.

 

demodulation

The receiver catches the radio signal and extracts the original file.

Once extracted, the files are automatically saved on the receiver's internal drive.

Read more about the hardware.

access

The receiver acts like a local server for the saved content, and emits a WiFi hotspot. 

Users can connect to this WiFi with any device to access the saved content.

Read more about the user interface.

The Filecast center

The Outernet filecast is a community-curated service, and the Filecast Center is the portal through which the community submits content. 

Do you have content to transmit to the world? First, make sure it follows our content guidelines and you have permission to distribute it. Next, submit the file to the Filecast Center. After submission, moderators review and approve the file. Once approved, the file is added to the queue, and filecasted to all Outernet receivers.

 

Filecast in action

 
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EMERGENCIES and DISASTERS

When a natural disaster or conflict destroys terrestrial communications infrastructure, victims are cut off from life-saving information, and rescue operations are impaired.  

Outernet requires no terrestrial network, and Lantern receivers are solar-powered, operating completely off grid. Outernet can be rapidly deployed to disperse critical information in emergencies.

 

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Sailing AND Maritime

Sailors need updated GRIB weather data files to ensure safe and smooth sailing. In the past, expensive satellite internet equipment and data plans have been the only means to access this data while on the open sea.

Outernet delivers this data over the L-Band filecast. All you need is a receiver to download the latest GRIB files for free.

 

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BOOK DISTRIBUTION

Digital books are a scalable and promising alternative to physical books, particularly in areas without libraries or connectivity. But how do you satisfy the intellectual appetites of voracious young minds after they've read all the books an their eReaders?

Outernet's filecast reaches every village on Earth. One receiver can connect a school to an endless stream of eBooks.