Facebook is investing in other was to deliver internet services to some of the remote areas of the world using its internet.org platform. This time they are looking to do this via lasers. Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post made this known. he statement reads
“As part of our Internet.org efforts, we’re working on ways to use drones and satellites to connect the billion people who don’t live in range of existing wireless networks.
Our Connectivity Lab is developing a laser communications system that can beam data from the sky into communities. This will dramatically increase the speed of sending data over long distances.
Normally you wouldn’t be able to see the actual beams, but for this demonstration we made them visible. This is just one connectivity project we’re working on, but I was excited to share this with you.”
Facebook before this announcement had rolled out services in several countries across Africa and Asia. The company successfully tested its internet beaming drone program in the UK earlier this year
Internet.org in a report earlier in the year said only about 32% of people in emerging economies have access to internet services and this is one of the core aims of this Facebook led initiative. One of the breakthroughs was also the announcement by Facebook that it would start allowing third apps to be developed on this platform.