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Terragraph Technology to Increase Facebook’s Presence in Urban Area’s with Low Connectivity

Facebook is unveiling a new land-based systems in order to provide connectivity to people in urban areas with poor signal. This comes on the heels of Facebook launching air drones to provide internet to remote spots. Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg emphasized that this was an important bullet point on their Facebook’s global agenda and will be making a more concerted effort into making the social network more widely and readily available to all parts of the world, especially those in the urban settings that are experiencing poor connectivity.

At their annual developers conference, Facebook revealed its Terragraph technology which utilizes low-cost, off-the-shelf components with which to create an antenna-based series of networks designed to improve wireless internet availability in dense urban city settings. The Terragraph technology is currently being tested at the Facebook campus located in Silicon valley and preparations are being made for a more large scale trial phase in San Jose, California. The technology in a nutshell is designed to reduce interference and operates in non-line of sight conditions which will increase the customer’s reach by incorporating attributes and industrial design required for speedy, reliable and above all affordable for deployment across cityscape according to Ali Yazdan Panah and Neeraj Choubey of Facebook.

Project ARIES is a Facebook undertaking with the goal to build a test platform for unused radio spectrum to deliver internet to communities outside the cities. And while Facebook has no immediate plans on becoming an internet service provider, the company wants to develop the kind of technology that will be able to provide high-speed connectivity to rural communities  while avoiding costly rural infrastructures. Furthermore, Facebook has plans to make this technology available to wireless communications research and academic institutions once it is fully developed.

With plans to launch its first satellite providing internet service to sub-Saharan Africa, Facebook is making it their mission to connect the world with the help of their solar-powered Aquila drones that transmit data using lasers. Facebook estimates that over four billion people don’t have access to the internet because of accessibility and cost concerns and with the help of Regina Dugan who was hired away from Google, Facebook intends to see through their 10 year plan which include V.R., A.I., and world-wide online connectivity.


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