According to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook plans on laser beams to provide high speed internet around the world. It is the world’s largest social media networking platform, but it does not intend on stopping here. According to the billionaire tech savvy, Facebook has several projects in development, but this is the one he was most excited to share.
The company is developing a laser communication system that can transfer data from the sky to the communities below and it has been stated that it will the spee increase the speed. They plan on using drones and satellites to provide access to internet to people all around the world, who aren’t in range of a wireless network. Underdeveloped countries, such as, India have been approached for tests.
This is not the first project Facebook underwent for the Indian community. Through the partnership of their Internet.org with certain markets and other telecom players, they have offered access to a few select websites without paying the charges for mobile internet. Zuckerberg has become known for becoming involved in bringing technology to communities, which would otherwise lack it.
Facebook owns several companies and has directed its attention to many areas of communication. Providing internet through laser beams by satellites and drones is simply the newest one. It has been discussed with the Indian government that they would be the official testers of the project, to be first initiated in their country before it will be forwarded world wide.
Smaller telecom operators have spoken out against over-the-top (OTT) players such as Facebook several times, claiming that they are nudging them out of their core revenue. The new project is likely to create several more conflicts as it will diminish their ability to properly create their own infrastructure in providing internet services. Or at least, it could possibly lower their market value.
This debate has caused Zuckerberg to find alternative ways to accessing high speed internet and he may have just found it without overlapping the known telecom operators. With laser based technology, it could innovate on how we receive our internet connection and spreading it through remote areas that operators cannot cover.
The project is still testing, but it has provided positive results and Facebook CEO seems excited to move forward with his plans to connect people around the world. Among many other statements he has made regarding communication, such as, his recent claims that telepathy will become reality one day, it’s apparent that he is indeed making attempts to predict the future.
Using lasers and satellites to provide high speed internet connectivity could be just one of the many steps.
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