Facebook Drone to Bring Internet to Remote Areas

July 31, 2015 at 1:32 pm By

Have you ever wanted to getaway and escape your environment in a remote area, without having to give up Internet access? Well, it looks like Facebook is developing a drone that could provide high-speed internet access to remote areas of the world.

“The drone – which has a wingspan of a Boeing 737 – will operate as high as 90,000 feet in the air, and can stay airborne for 90 days at a time,” according to a BBC report.

“Facebook said the drones would be able to offer internet speeds of 10 gigabits a second.”

The article also states that the U.S. will serve as the guinea pig for the large device which was designed by the Facebook Aerospace team.

“Our goal is to accelerate the development of a new set of technologies that can drastically change the economics of deploying internet infrastructure,” said Jay Parikh, Facebook’s vice president of global engineering infrastructure, according to the report.

The company isn’t just satisfied with the development of the drone, according to the article, Parikh also said that Facebook is exploring alternate options such as aircraft, satellites and terrestrial solutions.

“It is the social network’s latest initiative in its Internet.org scheme, a project designed to bring connectivity to the developing world,” said BBC.

“The strategy will help the network continue to grow users, a key requirement of keeping investors happy.”

However, not everyone is happy with the move by Facebook. The article stated that the Indian technology community was upset when Internet.org launched because it didn’t offer internet access all across the boards, instead, it limited the sites people were able to access.

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