offered Facebook Inc. has new technologies designed to help bring the next billion people online to a faster internet. This technology includes a robot called Bombyx that can quickly install a fiber-optic cable over telephone wires in a fraction of the time it normally takes.
It also showcased Terragraph, a wireless technology that can provide fiber-like wireless networks in areas that are hard to reach with cables.
The company also showed off a new section of undersea cable, dubbed 2Africa Pearls, which has become the world’s longest subsea cable system, connecting the internet across Africa, Europe and Asia.
This cable could triple the amount of internet bandwidth reaching Africa, Mike Schroeber, Facebook’s chief technology officer, said at a press conference.
The robot represents the most attractive project. It is able to slide along the wire as the back of it rotates. The fiber-optic cable is automatically wrapped around the telephone cord. And because the robot can move quickly along the wire and even move across the poles. It can greatly speed up fiber installation time and reduce costs as well.
The company said it has connected more than 300 million people with faster internet. As the internet has become more pervasive, the technology of bringing people online has not kept pace.
The company explained that even as data consumption per person increases by between 20 and 30 percent each year. Nearly half of the world is being left behind. It either lacks sufficient internet access or remains completely offline.
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While fiber has tremendous potential to improve connectivity. But more than 70 percent of the world’s population still lives within 10 kilometers of fiber as of 2019.
“People yearn for better communication methods than what exists today,” Schroeber said. There is still a lot that needs to be done to improve that digital experience.
Internet connection provides better functionality. In Nigeria, for example, an increase in broadband connectivity led to a 7.8 percent increase in the likelihood of people being employed in areas connected to fibre-optic cables.
This means that for every million people living in fiber-connected areas, an additional 78,000 people are working. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, increased connectivity led to a 19 percent increase in per capita GDP.
The company has been working since 2013 to accelerate access. She said submarine cables connect the continents and are the backbone of the global Internet.
The company’s first transatlantic submarine cable system connects Europe with the United States. This new cable provides 200 times more internet capacity than transatlantic cables in the 2000s.
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