My Private Cellular Network

Published By: William Gill
Date: Oct. 17, 2021

PROJECT STATUS: Work-In-Progress

Project Explanation

So that you understand the reason I created HyWire, my private LTE network in Appleton, Wisconsin, let me give you some background.

Cellular providers like to charge you a pretty penny to use what they refer to as data. In reality, data is not a finite resource, and they are limiting the amount of data you can transfer over the internet as a means to squeeze more money out of you. Cloud Service Providers like Amazon Web Services, commonly referred to as Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Could Compute, and so on, will do the same as well. However, unlike Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and others, they charge a more reasonable price of a few cents per Gigabyte of transfer used. “AT&T offers Unlimited plans,” I hear you say. Unfortunately, those so-called unlimited plans all have a data limit too, for me, that is 20GB, and you just get throttled to a slower speed like 128/Kbps unless you pay $10 for another 2GB of data with providers like AT&T.

So why does this all matter? Because it’s ballistically stupid to be charging for more than $1/GB of data usage and throttling people such as firefighters dealing with a wildfire, you spastic cuttlefish!

Project Goals/Intentions/Ideas

This project aims to build a robust communications network capable of maintaining stable communications even in a disaster and help provide a network for IoT devices to use via 4G/5G cellular service and LoRaWAN.

The benefits of using HyWire include but are not limited to:

More will be added to the list as time goes on, and some may be removed from the list as the feasibility of the idea is tested.

I’ll be calling it Project HyWire; I like the name. It sounds cool.

Engineering Intensifies

Engineering Intensifies

Project Log

Log Entry: 2020/07/24 0642 | New Project Idea

Log Entry: 2021/10/15 0148 | Start New Project

Today I found out about the CBRS spectrum and that all I need to do is get CBRS CPI certification and open a SAS account for CBRS spectrum access.

Now to save up some money to purchase the Baicells Nova-243 and the rest of the equipment for deployment, for now, I will buy the Baicells Nova-277 to use for testing and development of my network.

I also found several open-source projects that I can use for the Baicells Nova-243 and Baicells Nova-277

Open Source RAN Software:

Spectrum Access Systems (SAS):

Log Entry: 2021/10/17 0524 | Publish Project on Blog

Log Entry: 2021/10/19 1045 | Reply from Google SAS Support

Google SAS wants a $5,000 security deposit for a credit line. I will now look into using Federated Wireless before saving up the $5k for Google. I also need to ask just how much Google SAS costs as they haven’t mentioned it.