Facebook Drones: Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook Buy Titan Aerospace for $60 M To Blanket Areas With Wi-Fi; Trounce’s Google’s Balloons and Amazon’s Drones.
In the recent MWC 2014, Facebook top honcho Mark Zuckerberg gave a speech focusing on his mission to provide ?Free? Wi-Fi all over the planet with Internet.org (see our post on ? Internet.org: Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Create a Dial Tone for the Internet?
It has been noted that despite the effort and resources being poured into this campaign, it does not seem to be generating the excitement one would expect for such a ?noble? and massive undertaking. Perhaps people are just wondering how he really intends to accomplish such a feat (aside from the mentioned partnership with internet carriers and the selling of ads to financiers who would shoulder the cost).
With the recent news about Facebook’s acquisition of Titan Aerospace, the campaign suddenly got the buzz it was hoping for all this time.
The purchase of Titan Aerospace, a maker of drones, for US$ 60 Million Dollars, filled the internet with excitement over the plan of using drones to ?carpet bomb? or blanket large areas that cannot be reached by network providers with free Wi-Fi signals.
Although everyone immediately admits that the signal that can be broadcast via the drones may be slower, and cannot handle the large data that ground-based broadband connections can handle, the concept has grabbed the interest of those who previously ignored the Zuckerberg campaign.
The Titan drones are flying devices that look like aircraft powered by solar panels. They are built to reach altitudes of 65 thousand feet and can stay airborne for as long as 5 years. The drones have been designed to perform as ?affordable? satellite systems.
The drones are envisioned to have the capability to carry Wi-Fi emitters that can cover a large area to provide residents with an internet connection.
Although the signal quality may not be at par with those currently used in urban locations, any link to the internet for remote locations such as rural Africa is a welcome development for its residents. This is especially practical for smartphone connections that do not eat up large data and can be used with slower Wi-Fi signals.
Analysts predict that in order to establish what they call a ?Global Facenet?, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook will have to deal with a myriad of legal and technical issues, especially with ?unfriendly? nations that may be suspicious of flying drones soaring over their airspace.
This development, however puts one over Google, Facebook’s main competitor in the ?global internet? race, who has released plans of blanketing areas with Wi-Fi using ?balloons?.
The analysts even added that Facebook’s drone plans may even be more feasible than Amazon’s drone project to have packages delivered by drones in urban locations (read about our post on ?Amazon.com? s Amazon Prime Air Unleashing Drones to Deliver Packages? https://www.thebitbag.com/amazoncom-amazon-prime-air-unleashing-drones-deliver-packages/63727 )
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