Facebook to Beam Laser Powered Connectivity from Drones to Deliver 'Everywhere Internet'

By CIOReview | Tuesday, July 7, 2015
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FREMONT, CA:  Mark Zuckerberg recently in a Facebook post validates the rumors on the use of drones and satellite fleet to make internet available in the underprivileged areas of developing countries and in internet-free zones.

"Our Connectivity Lab is developing a laser communication system that can beam data from the sky into communities. This will dramatically increase the speed of sending data over long distances," affirms Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO in his post.

Lately Facebook and Google dropped their plans to build low-earth orbit satellites to deliver internet to the world and Facebook reportedly canceled its project due concerns over the high costs. This new venture is an effort to make the idea ‘Everywhere Internet’ a reality and by bringing in drones would also make it cheaper to beam the web down to people.  The technology is being built under Internet.org, a partnership program of Facebook with Telecom players to make web accessible to everyone around the world.

The photographs released in the post shows red and green colored lasers which are still under development. "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,” adds Zuckerberg in the post. Wireless network of internet-connected drones flying overhead he will soon be an eye catcher they believe.

Early this year, Facebbok has successfully made its trials on large, solar-powered drones developed by Ascenta, a Somerset-based designer of solar-powered drones bought by Facebook in March 2014. He also made the statement regarding the trial in the blog post saying they have designed unmanned aircraft that can beam internet access down to people from the sky.