Facebook continues with its initiative to develop hardware that monitors the high-speed Internet, although it is moving the effort to space. According to documents obtained by Wired through applications for the Freedom of Information Act, the social network is working on an Internet satellite that “will efficiently provide broadband access to unattended and unattended areas throughout the world, “according to a request filed with the FCC under the name of PointView Tech LLC. Facebook has confirmed to Wired that it is, in fact, the company behind the application and that the provisional title of the satellite is Athena.
This news comes a few weeks after Facebook announced the closure of its Internet drone efforts under the Aquila project. The company said it would no longer develop its own high-flying autonomous drones, which were partly powered by solar energy and designed to fly for long periods of time and transmit the internet to remote parts of the Earth and the underserved developing countries.
Now, it seems that Facebook will continue to try to develop its own hardware, this time with a different variety. According to a September 2017 report on the development of broadband, more than half of the Earth is not yet online and the only way to do it would be to use low-Earth orbit satellites that are in space at about 100 to 1,250 miles above the surface. There is already a booming industry around satellite Internet, with key players like SpaceX investing a lot in space to become the new Internet service providers of an untapped market. SpaceX launched its first satellites in February.
“While we have nothing to share about specific projects at this time, we believe that satellite technology will be an important facilitator of the next generation of broadband infrastructure, allowing broadband connectivity to rural regions where connectivity is lacking. Internet or non-existent, “said a spokesman for Facebook with cable in a statement.
For Facebook, being an Internet provider for completely new markets around the world raises the possibility that these new Internet users become members of its social network, which in turn expands its global reach and solidifies, even more, your online advertising empire.
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