Internet se ha convertido en una herramienta esencial para nosotros, más aún el año pasado. Si embargo, la mitad de la población mundial no tiene acceso a Internet, y muchas otras personas tienen una conectividad mala, costosa e inestable. A pesar de que hay importantes niveles de inversión pública e infraestructura privada, este acceso a Internet desigual e injusto persiste. Como respuesta a esto y para solucionar el problema del acceso, han surgido redes que son propiedad de las comunidades afectadas, que funcionan dentro de estas, y constantemente demuestran su éxito. Con capacitación y soporte mínimos, las comunidades crean sus propias redes locales de manera económica y confiable con hardware básico y equipos no especializados.
El proyecto Pangea es la iniciativa de Cloudflare para ayudar a ofrecerles conectividad segura a Internet a las comunidades marginadas por medio de la red global e interconectada de Cloudflare. Formamos alianzas con las comunidades para ayudarles a conectar sus redes locales a Internet, de manera gratuita.
Communities around the world are increasingly investing in physical infrastructure to promote Internet connectivity, including WiFi antennas, fibre cables. However, even after communities establish local connections, the connection to the global Internet can be prohibitively expensive -- if it can be found at all.
Cloudflare’s mission is to help build a better Internet, for everyone. Project Pangea extends the Internet we’re helping to build - a faster, more reliable, more secure Internet - to people who might not otherwise be able to access it. With Project Pangea, Cloudflare can help communities solve the network challenges of routing traffic to and from the Internet on behalf of the local or community network, while also providing state of the art security, privacy, and performance.
Cloudflare launched Cloudflare Network Interconnect in August 2020 to allow our customers to connect directly to our network for improved performance and reliability. Magic Transit and Magic Firewall provide those same customers with protection from malicious traffic like DDoS attacks. While we have used these services to help large enterprises improve the reliability and security of their networks, these same tools, with the same security and privacy protections built in, can be used by underserved populations who would not otherwise have reliable Internet access.
Cloudflare is offering our suite of network services - Cloudflare Network Interconnect, Magic Transit, and Magic Firewall - for free to eligible non-profit. community networks, local networks, or other networks primarily focused on providing Internet access to local underserved or developing areas. This service dramatically reduces the cost for communities to connect to the Internet, with industry leading security and performance functions built-in:
Cloudflare Network Interconnect provides access to Cloudflare’s edge at 200+ cities across the globe through a flexible patchwork of physical and virtual connectivity options.
Magic Transit acts as a conduit to and from the broader Internet and protects community networks by mitigating DDoS attacks within seconds at the edge.
Magic Firewall gives community networks access to a network-layer firewall as a service, providing further protection from malicious traffic.
Project Pangea is intended to help extend more secure and reliable Internet access to underserved communities. To be eligible, participants must be non-profit entities, cooperative community networks, or private or small commercial networks operating in the interest of the community, and must be primarily focused on providing Internet access to local, underserved communities.
Bandwidth cannot exceed 5Gbps at the 95th percentile (Cloudflare may update this figure upon 15 days notice).
Resale of Cloudflare's Internet provisions and security services provided under Project Pangea are for the benefit of the community network only and not available for resale to other networks, individuals, or entities.
Project Pangea may not be available in all jurisdictions.
At this stage, the program includes two technical requirements.:
The network has its own IPv4 space (v6 support coming soon);
The network has or can establish ‘backhaul’ to an exchange point at eligible Cloudflare public or private peering locations found here.
As the project evolves, we may be able to modify these technical requirements.