Think of it as a giant airborne router with crazy range.
Facebook wants internet for everyone. The company has seemingly philanthropic reasons in bringing Internet to even the most remote areas in the world. So you can update your status even if you are up somewhere in the mountains of Tibet. #FreezingToDeath! It’s going to be brought to you by an aircraft of some sorts. Think of it as a giant airborne router with crazy range.
Facebook’s Connectivity Labs has been hard at work into making worldwide Internet access a reality. They worked on a smaller scale version of the aircraft called the ‘Aquila’. Now they are working on a larger scale model which can circle above remote areas for up to 90 days at a time using solar power alone. The aircraft will be able to provide internet from an altitude of up to 60,000-90,000 feet.
Facebook isn’t planning on venturing out as an internet service provider. But they did say that "Our intention is not to build networks and then operate them ourselves, but rather to quickly advance the state of these technologies to the point that they become viable solutions for operators and other partners to deploy”.
Facebook previously launched internet.org, which provided Internet to the world’s most remote areas. Good guy Zuckerberg indeed.
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