BitData: A Peer-To-Peer Mobile Data System

BitData: A peer-to-peer mobile data system

The high data rates of Internet making your pocket empty. When it comes to the data pack or internet pack, we pay more and get less. Currently, there are various projects in progress that will bring the internet to people in cheap cost. Many of these projects focus on putting an infrastructure in place that consists of thousands of Wi-Fi Hotspots.

A South African researcher Daneel Uys have created a new proposed peer-to-peer (P2P) mobile data platform. This new platform is also known as BitData: A Peer-to-Peer Mobile Data System.

Researcher builds this system to respond to high data rates and the DataMustFall movement. DataMustFall movement states that the data cost must decrease.

The BitData system is similar to that of the bits value transfer on the Bitcoin network. The BitCoin network consists of the peer to peer network that operates on a cryptographic protocol. Similarly, in BitData system, data bits exchange in a P2P manner.

BitData proposes that each and every mobile device that is constantly moving around cities and all over the world is a potential Wi-Fi Hotspot. It forms a larger foundation than what any entity will be able to economically install.

Uys said, “Consider the following situation – you are at home where you have a fast, cheap and reliable Internet connection. The connection is probably connected through a fixed line or even optical fibre.

The rate charged for very high speeds and uncapped data over a fixed connection is orders of magnitude less expensive than that what you are being charged by your mobile data provider.”

He suggests, “BitData suggests that every Wi-Fi enabled mobile device acts as one of the three possible nodes depending on the needs of the user. Fast, cheap and reliable Internet with others through Wi-fi or other wireless technology in return for credits directly proportional to the amount of data shared. The credits stored either in a public ledger or stored by the application running the BitData protocol. It can transfer in exchange for Internet connection access from another BitData user when the original sharer is mobile.”
The third type of node- transmitter node acting as data carriers only can aid in overcoming the limited range of Wi-fi technology. These nodes do not fix line Internet connections. Thus, they do not create data but they act as intermediate nodes. So, they transmit the Internet data over greater distances from the originator node to the receiver node who requires the data. In return, they earn the same credits but to a lesser extent.
Because of this extent, this will quickly cover entire cities where the population is large.
BitData will be an international system. This will overcome the big challenge of International Roaming.