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4 Ways Facebook is Improving Connectivity
September 1st, 2017

4 Ways Facebook is Improving Connectivity

Kathi Fuhrman

Facebook is a common household term with more than 1.65 billion active users seen in the first quarter of 2016. Today, Facebook is making revolutionary changes and investments in technology research t...

Facebook is a common household term with more than 1.65 billion active users seen in the first quarter of 2016. Today, Facebook is making revolutionary changes and investments in technology research that make them more than just another social media platform.

“Facebook believes that people — no matter where they live — deserve a consistent, high-bandwidth internet experience”

A powerful Internet connection is something most of us has access to. But in some parts of the world, Internet connection is just a dream. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg wants to turn those dreams into reality.

During Facebook’s F8 Conference in April, the innovative technology company announced the release of two new terrestrial systems. The goal of these systems? To improve speed, efficiency, and quality of Internet across the world.

System breakdown

Terragraph

Terragraph’s main mission is to bring high-speed Internet connection to areas lacking it  and dense cities. It utilizes the cloud and delivers high-volume, low-cost internet connection.

According to Facebook, Terragraph easily moves around popular city-type problems like tall buildings and high user traffic congestion.

Project Aries

Project Aries focuses on efficiency- energy and spectrally efficient and targets rural areas instead of dense cities.

Other projects

Aquila

Aquila is a solar-powered plane providing Internet access across remote regions. It spends months at 60,000 feet bringing Internet connection to many places across the world.

Sub-Saharan Africa satellite

Facebook partnered with Eutelsat (ETCMY) to launch a satellite providing Internet access to people in sub-Saharan Africa. The satellite service has the power to reach 14 countries in West, East, and Southern Africa.

What does this mean?

The path Facebook announced changes the world. Improved Internet connection gives hope, knowledge, and life to those in spotty connectivity areas.

  • Families gain the ability to communicate with other family members.
  • Individuals get access to knowledge and information in regards to sickness, injury, and health.
  • Opens the doors for more potential students – online classes continue to increase in popularity.
  • We all gain awareness of what is happening in other places – terrorist attacks, catastrophic events, war, etc.

Knowledge is power in today’s society. Those areas with no previous or poor Internet connection are now gifted with new opportunities.

What is Facebook doing?

If you think Facebook is just a social media site filled with likes, reactions, and comments – you are wrong. With its investment in Internet connectivity and future technology plans, they are transitioning into a full-blown technology company. Over the past decade, the social media space saturated and Facebook is staying relevant by reserving their place in future technology.


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