The social network giant is currently testing the new technology to bring high-speed Internet to the public, as part of company’s “connect the world”10-year strategy. The prototype is meant to allow access to the remaining 4 billion people currently left without the Internet.
Facebook has been developing a small test network, serving one gigabit per second, on its campus in Menlo Park, California. The prototype was made to match an already existing Google Fiber, that Internet technology company has been developing for several years. The fiber-optic Internet is said to be 100 times faster than the average broadband connection speed across the U.S.
During the F8 conference the company made the pledge to introduce the new Wi-Fi option to the public, while making it accessible to everyone due to its affordability. The idea to develop a new wireless connection arose from the need to provide the Internet to every single urban and non-urban user, the task thay cannot be fully covered by Google’s fiber cables.
The wireless system deployed by Facebook is dubbed as Terragraph and is using WiGig equipment, which is being developed by tech gadget companies, such as Samsung and Intel. The new technology is using special antennas that distribute 60 gigahertz radio waves, which are said to be able to store and transfer a greater amount of data. However, the waves are too weak to pass through walls. Therefore, the special routers are installed to connect to Wi-Fi hubs on the external parts of buildings.
The main aim of the project isn’t to generate profits directly from the public, but rather to gain funds from telecommunication companies that will offer to use the technology. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is hoping that the super-speed Wi-Fi will aid the development of poor countries through fast and inexpensive Internet access.
Facebook’s high-speed connection is also going to be crucial for the implementation of company’s ambitious virtual reality technology, as well as artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. The tech firm is also hoping to boost its Internet Apps usage, such as Facebook Live, Messenger and other new features that have been introduced by Facebook in 2016.