As per the records it is believed that two third (2/3) of the world population is not connected to the internet. Only 1 out of 3 human beings have the luxury of connecting to the internet at the moment. This stat tells another story. That is the stakeholders in the telecommunications industry do have a huge growth potential due to this un-connectivity.
Facebook is one of world’s largest web giants and the premier social networking site. To grow their business further it is vital that the un-connected 2/3 gets connected. In fact it is vital to every stakeholder in telecommunications industry. So, facebook is thinking a way which they could provide internet connectivity and capable devices, to un-connected world population. Google also started a similar project – “Project Loon”. But over last few months there weren’t any notable news on Google’s project.
It is said that Mark Zuckerberg is putting up a lab where a set of Facebook engineers would develop flying drones, satellites, and infrared lasers which are capable of beaming internet connections to people down on earth. The lab will be named as “Facebook Connectivity Lab”. They are expected to receiving the help of NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA Ames Research Center, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.
This project is backed by a very strong alliance between 7 tech giants namely – Qualcomm, Samsung, Nokia, Ericsson, Mediatek, Opera Software and Facebook. The alliance is called internet.org. They are searching answers for 3 problems which are preventing un-connected people getting connected to the internet. Identified problem areas are affordability, efficiency and business models.
Since flying drones are not a strong point of Facebook they bought a UK based aerospace company Ascenta for US$20 million. Their engineers will take care of the flying drone part of the project, which would provide aerial internet using infrared signals.