Facebook plans internet access for one billion people
Facebook has said it is working on new connectivity technologies that will bring the next billon people online.
According to Facebook, it is also enhancing existing infrastructure project. The company said that since 2013, Facebook Connectivity has helped create faster and affordable internet access for more than 500 million people.
It added that the new phase entails bringing affordable, high quality connectivity to the next one billion people with emerging technologies.
Vice President of Facebook Connectivity, Dan Rabinovitsj said, “We have seen that economies flourish when there is widely accessible internet for individuals and businesses.
“In Nigeria, increased broadband connectivity resulted in 7.8 per cent increase in the likelihood of employment for people in areas connected to fibre optic cables.. While increased connectivity led to a 19 per cent increase in GDP per capita in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“Facebook Connectivity works with partners to develop new technologies for access to high speed internet. Today we’re sharing the latest developments on some of the connectivity technologies, which aim to deliver major improvements in internet capacity across the word by sea, land and air”.
According to Facebook, some of its new connectivity technologies include investment in improving subsea fibre optic cables and expanding their reach to better connect more people.
The company added that with its partners, it recently launched the first-ever transatlantic, 24 fibre pair subsea cable system which will connect Europe to U.S.
The company said using robotics for faster fibre deployment will also help it achieve its aim of connectivity. It added that terragraph, fibre connectivity through the air will also help move its dream closer to reality.