Today, Facebook announced the Connectivity Lab, aiming to connect the world by taking advantage of drones, satellites and lasers.
Tech-savvy companies have been focusing to extend internet access across the globe, eliminating the difference of the complex world. Google has decided to use balloons to bring broadband to all, on the other side; Facebook is now focusing on the path of drones, satellites and lasers.
Mark Zuckerberg has announced the Connectivity Lab at Facebook. It’s working on a set of new technologies that can improve and extend access to the Internet.
Lately, Facebook with other partners like Ericsson, Nokia, Opera, MediaTek, Samsung and Qualcomm, have taken an initiative called Internet.org that is committed to connect the world and bring broadband especially to third world countries.
Zuckerberg points that the number of people connected to the Internet has doubled in Philippines and Paraguay. Thus, the Lab is helping around 3 million new people to access the Internet.
Facebook’s Connectivity Lab, working on Internet.Org’s project, is focusing on developing new connectivity solutions with the leading experts in aerospace and communications technology, including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA’s Ames Research Center, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.
In addition, the social network in blue has tied up with Ascenta, a small company based in the UK, with extensive experience in the design and construction of aircraft at high altitudes. The team of Ascenta is working on a connectivity aircraft with Facebook. A team of five members is already known for Zephyr, world’s longest flying solar-powered unmanned aircraft.
The idea behind the new communication platforms is that different countries, in terms of sizes, need different solutions, and the current technology isn’t just enough. Therefore, it would be working on different types of solutions of connectivity, which take advantage of drones and satellites to provide broadband to countries with different population densities.
For example, in suburban areas, drones similar to Zephyr could be used that can stay in the air for months, providing connectivity to the population. While the satellites would be used to cover large areas. Both drones and satellites will use the free-space optical communications (FSO) technology to communicate as it uses laser beams to send data.
However, in all of this, Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t mentioned anything about Titan Aerospace, the drone-maker that was supposed to be acquired by Facebook.
Why Facebook is interested?
The Californian Company is investing so much in this because only this initiative can avoid the Facebook’s saturation point. We have seen a time where Facebook growth was jolted due to connectivity issues, and it seems the smart guy of Harvard knows how to get over this situation. No doubt, a series of incredible technologies that may appear very complicated to use, but will definitely change the traditional ways of connectivity in the future.