Since 2013, Facebook Connectivity has helped bring more than 500 million people online to a faster internet and now aims to enable affordable, high-quality connectivity for the next billion people with emerging technologies.
Commenting on the new connectivity technologies, Dan Rabinovitsj, VP of Facebook Connectivity said:“ We have seen that economies flourish when there is widely accessible internet for individuals and businesses.”
In Nigeria, increased broadband connectivity resulted in a 7.8 per cent increase in the likelihood of employment for people in areas connected to fiber optic cables,Rabinovitsj notes, While increased connectivity led to a 19 per cent increase in GDP per capita in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“Facebook Connectivity works with partners to develop new technologies for access to high-speed internet. Today we’re sharing the latest developments on some of these connectivity technologies, which aim to deliver major improvements in internet capacity across the world by sea, land, and air,” said Rabinovitsj.
Some of Facebook’s new connectivity technologies include Investment in improving subsea fiber optic cables and expanding their reach to better connect more people.
Facebook and its partners recently launched the first-ever transatlantic, 24 fiber pair subsea cable system which will connect Europe to the U.S.
This new cable provides 200 times more capacity than the transatlantic cables of the 2000s and builds on Facebook’s recent news about 2Africa Pearls, the subsea cable which connects Africa, Asia, and Europe and makes the 2Africa cable system the longest in the world, with a capacity to provide connectivity for up to 3 billion people.
It is also using robotics for faster fibe deployment and terragraph, a fiber connections through the air.
Terragraph, a wireless solution that beams fiber-like connectivity through the air, has already brought high-speed internet to more than 6,500 homes in Anchorage, Alaska and deployment has started in Perth, Australia.