Facebook Pushes Internet to the Wider World

Facebook has unveiled new land-based systems to provide connectivity to people in urban settings.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, said the social network has pushed boundaries to make internet connectivity more widely available around the world.

He said:  "We are really going at this problem from every possible angle”.

At its annual developers conference Facebook revealed Terragraph technology that uses low-cost, off-the-shelfcomponents to create antenna-based networks in dense city settings in order to improve wireless internet availability.

In a blog post, Neeraj Choubey and Ali Yazdan Panah, of Facebook said the technology “incorporates attributes and industrial design required for fast, attractive and affordable deployment across cityscapes”.

They added: "Its reduced interference and ability to operate in non-line-of-sight conditions increases customer reach."

Terragraph is being tested at the Facebook Campus in Silicon Valley and will soon start a broader trial in the nearby California state of San Jose.

Terragraph ‘nodes’ can be mounted outside high-rises or other big buildings and connected to internet connections inside.

Facebook estimates that more than four billion people in the world do not have access to the internet for reasons that include access and cost.

In its mission to connect the world it has included building solar-powered Aquila drones capable of transmitting data using lasers.

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