Venezuelan developers are creating a decentralized cellular network Locha Mesh based on radio waves, which will allow you to perform transactions with bitcoin without an Internet connection.
The Locha Mesh open source project is being developed under the leadership of Bitcoin Venezuela member Randy Brito. The team is working on Turpial and Harpia devices, with which any user can connect to the Bitcoin network via radio waves.
Turpial is a simplified version of the radio transmitter that operates within a radius of one to two kilometers in an urban area, and Harpia can be used as a radio module for microcomputers. In Venezuela, electricity and Internet are often cut off, and these devices will become an alternative method of transmitting data in critical situations.
Both devices are portable and battery-powered, and they can be integrated not only with Bitcoin, but also with any other blockchain. They can also be used for sending messages and transferring files, similar to the IPFs distributed file system.
Brito explained that the network does not have to work with nodes connected to the Internet via a landline phone. Users with satellite antennas can also act as gateways and transmit data on the Locha network. The development of devices is planned to be completed by the second quarter of this year.
Recall that in March last year, bitcoin was successfully sent over the radio waves from Toronto to San Francisco via the Lightning Network.