Facebook building "Internet satellite" system

Facebook Confirms Its Athena Internet Satellite Launch Reportedly Planned for Early 2019

Facebook building "Internet satellite" system

Wired magazine says that Facebook has confirmed its project, adding that the company believes satellite technology will be an important enabler of the next generation of broadband infrastructure. It's meant to "efficiently provide broadband access to unserved and underserved areas throughout the world".

Apart from Facebook which company is working for this.

. On Thursday, Google's parent Alphabet's (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Loon unit, which constructs balloons to deliver Internet to the hard-to-reach areas, made it public that it has signed its first commercial deal in Kenya.

In June, Facebook announced it was abandoning its Project Aquila aerial internet initiative that was created to deliver connectivity to almost four billion people in remote parts of the world. In may this year, detectives from IEEE Spectrum found something exciting: apparently, Facebook has been secretly working on an experimental satellite that could broadcast the Internet to the Ground by using radio signals of millimeter range. According to a September 2017 report on the development of broadband, more than half of the Earth is not yet online and the only way to do it would be to use low-Earth orbit satellites that are in space at about 100 to 1,250 miles above the surface. It will offer broadband service to "unserved and underserved" areas. Geostationary satellites are used to provide internet services. Facebook didn't share specific details of the project, but it will likely compete with similar initiatives being undertaken by OneWeb and SpaceX.

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In one exchange, a lawyer requested to meet with people from the Office of Engineering & Technology and the International Bureau Satellite Division to talk about applying for a license to build and operate a "small LEO [low Earth orbit] satellite system with a limited duration mission".

Although the tech giant had expressed its goal of providing internet to billions of underserved people globally, it's earlier two projects proved to be unfruitful. Now, we will have to wait a bit to see how the company competes with its rival and contribute to bringing the worldwide internet access.

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