A new Facebook Internet drone, the Aquila, will be used to enable the company’s Internet.org initiative. According to ABC News on July 31, 2015, the social network’s solar-powered drone will be leveraged to make Internet access available to remote parts of the World.
Testing is planned for later this year. It is expected that the drone will be able to run on solar power for months at a time. And it will be capable of data speeds of 10 gigabits per second thanks to lasers. This technology will also send data precisely with a range of 10 miles.
The Wall Street Journal reports on July 31, 2015, that the high-altitude drone will help extend Internet access to an additional 1 to 3 billion people. Ground antennas will also be used for a Wi-Fi or 4g component for end users. The Internet.org initiative is intended to provide access to the two-thirds of the World currently without it.
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