Facebook Finds New Ways To Expand Free Internet Connectivity

With a view to making Internet connectivity more widely available globally, on Wednesday, Facebook unveiled new land-based systems to provide Internet connectivity in urban areas. At its annual developers’ conference, the company revealed “Terragraph technology” that uses low-cost, off-the-shelf components to create antenna-based networks in dense city settings to improve wireless Internet availability. Also, NDTV reports that the social network’s Project Aries aims at building a test platform for efficient use of energy and unused radio spectrum that could provide a way to deliver Internet to communities outside cities.
The company made it clear that it is not interested in being an Internet service provider, but wants to show those who do, what is possible. Facebook also plans to launch its first satellite to provide Internet service to sub-Saharan Africa in the coming months, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg.