MeshBox Biweekly Report (2021.01.09–2021.01.22)

In American author Joanna Nelius’ article “Satellite Internet Will Not Solve the Digital Divide,” she wrote that “ Internet service providers will be vying for some of the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund today, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Its Starlink satellite network allegedly has speeds of up to 100 Mbps now, so the company seems to be in a better position to convince the FCC it’s worth a piece of that $16 billion in grant money. A vast network of satellites that can provide uninterrupted, fast, and low latency internet access anywhere in the world is a cool idea. A dream, even. Musk and many of his fans even think it could solve the digital divide! Unfortunately, technological limitations and the cost of maintaining such a large network of satellites as Starlink means it’s more likely that those in the most need of internet still won’t have equally affordable and reliable access to it.”

After citing data from Starlink, other satellite Internet solutions, and ISPs, Joanna concluded that “It’s painfully clear that residents in rural communities need the internet as much as urban and suburban residents do, especially where education and health care are concerned. But an emphasis on short-term investments have made cable and fiber ISPs hyper focused on areas that would give them a quick return to please shareholders. This profits-over-people mentality created the digital divide and it needs to stop if we ever hope to close it.” 

In fact, Starlink and similar solutions are the closest to solving the problem that more than 3 billion people cannot access the Internet. A critical component is actually the introduction of MeshBox, as the wireless last mile to the wired, ground network, in the Space-Ground Integration Network. The DeNet (decentralized network) composed of MeshBox is a blockchain network product designed with game theory motivation. It will incentivize participants in network-construction with blockchain rewards, overcoming the Profits-over-People mentality in centralized networks.

Focusing on this theme, MeshBox met with distributed CDN partners this week, discussed what changes will be triggered by Peer-to-Peer CDN (PCDN) deployment in developed countries and emerging markets, in order to bring a new infrastructure based on HyperMesh Internet of Value to the emerging markets.

The following is our specific work this week:

Software development

1. Researched the QSDK system of Qualcomm ipq807x to prepare for the subsequent porting of the MeshBox system to Qualcomm ipq series processors.

2. Optimized MeshBox system and added speedtest-cli program, which is convenient for users to check the bandwidth upload and download speed in debugging mode.

3. Optimizing the MeshBox system and adding the file program to facilitate users to view the file header information in debugging mode.

4. Researched the open source gateway management platform OpenWISP2, and investigated the feasibility of MeshBox accessing OpenWISP2.

Software update/test

MeshBox-Maxwell    v1.2.5.1011

MeshBox-Tesla         v2.2.5.1009

MeshBox-Turing       v3.2.5.1010

Added file command

Added speed test script

Analyzed 11ax devices

Hardware development

1. Preliminary research on Meshbox distributed CDN models.

2. Analyzed the proof mechanism of IoT data on the chain, to understand and compare its application background, design ideas, main technical breakthrough, and scalability, preparing for the subsequent IoT data cross-chain application.

3. Continued to analyze the security requirements of TEE in IoT applications, discussing application scenarios such as IoT data storage and interaction with blockchain.  Considered signature authentication, encrypted sharing, and how to provide hardware support for IoT data cross-chain applications.

1. Prepared for the Singapore blockchain training course, including MeshBox APP optimization function version update.

2. Analyzed the encryption and traffic statistics requirements of Mesh networking.  Organized feasibility analysis.

The specific work of marketing business is as follows:

1. This week, MeshBox met with distributed CDN partners this week, discussed what changes will be triggered by Peer-to-Peer CDN (PCDN) deployment in developed countries and emerging markets, in order to bring a new infrastructure based on HyperMesh Internet of Value to the emerging markets. To keep confidentiality of our business partners, we will not disclose their names at this time, but the data shows that their technology are among the best in the field.

The decentralized CDN (Content Delivery Network) is a trillion-dollar greenfield market. A CDN with integrated blockchain and edge computing is a huge potentially market for MeshBox. MeshBoxes are able to share a wide range of unused user bandwidth to form multi-level edge CDN nodes, thereby eliminating the centralized monopoly of Profits-over-People mentality, creating an inclusive CDN network that everyone can participate in. Such a system can provide scalable expansion and low-cost global content delivery services, effectively reducing the bottleneck in Internet of Value deployment. Combined with MeshBox NFT and DeFi Launch, such a decentralized CDN synergize well with Internet of Value global deployment.

2. This week MeshBox had a video confrence with Polish partner Leonardo. Leonardo has included MeshBox in their deployment plan, which uses the Spectrum Wallet in the Tango App. A Dapp is also planned for a POC in the Philippines.

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