Facebook tested plane mounted lasers that shoot super high-speed internet through the sky: We have all heard about the Facebook’s previous plans to provide high-speed internet using huge drones but that plan has been scrapped by the Facebook couple of days ago. Facebook is now working on plane-mounted lasers which will shoot high-speed internet to users from the sky. This technology can bring high-speed internet to those remote areas where developing internet infrastructure is difficult.
Why is Facebook so much interested in providing the high-speed internet to users? Perhaps to raise its 2.2 billion monthly active users to some higher figure by bringing more people into internet umbrella.
Facebook tested plane mounted lasers that shoot super high-speed internet and transferred data at 40Gbps
Facebook has conducted airborne tests of its new technology which uses plane mounted lasers to shoot a high-speed internet connection from the sky. The pictures of the equipment involved came out when Business Insider has seen a February 2018 academic paper.
For this experiment, Facebook mounted a hardware developed by them and one German supplier on a Cessna jet. The tech giant’s researchers were able to transfer data at a rapid speed of 10 Gbps bidirectionally to a ground station 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) away through the laser emitted from the airborne hardware. Even though it was an experimental case but still it shows hope for the technology that can transfer ultra high-speed internet to remote areas where fiber optics can’t go.
Facebook also revealed that it had managed to achieve 40Gbps MMW links between the ground and aircraft and has achieved previously speeds of 80gbps for lasers in the laboratory.
But Facebook can make the connection even faster with different tech. In a blog post on Wednesday, Facebook said it was able to send 40Gbps simultaneously in each direction from a location on the ground to an aircraft 7 km (4.3 miles) away. But this test uses millimeter-wave technology, not lasers.
This is part of Facebook’s continued work on developing a fast wireless internet connection that can be shot through the sky or even space. Previously, Facebook’s Aquila project used a Facebook-made high-altitude drone to beam internet to remote places. The social network recently dropped the Aquila project but is still focusing on creating faster internet connections.