The Facebook Connectivity Program, affiliated with the Facebook Foundation, announced 3 new innovations that help reduce the cost of the Internet and help expand its global reach. These innovations use land, air and sea to transmit the Internet.
The company announced, at a press conference attended by “Al Arabiya.net”, an innovation called Terragraph, which is a device for delivering a speed similar to the speed of fiber to wireless buildings at a fraction the cost of traditional methods, noting that it allowed the free use of Terragraph technology to original equipment manufacturers.
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The company added that it has already started applying the technology in Anchorage, Alaska, and Perth, Australia.
Trigraph technology uses transmitters on road and roof anchors to create a reliable high-speed, distributed communications network in homes and businesses. Terragraph technology is faster to spread than fibers buried underground because it builds on existing fiber points of presence and increases wireless capacity through nodes installed on existing road facilities, such as street lights and street lights. traffic lights.
The company said it has licensed the technology free to OEMs and announced that five partners are already responsible for the availability of Terragraph compatible hardware products.
To date, he said, these OEM partners have shipped more than 30,000 Terragraph units to more than 100 service providers and system integrators around the world.
She said a company using this technology provides download speeds of 1 gigabyte and download speeds of 100 megabytes per second to more than 6,500 homes.
During the conference, the company announced the Bombyx robot to extend fibers above the earth’s surface faster and more cheaply.
The company said the robot helps reduce the cost of laying fibers on the ground by incorporating innovations in robotics and designing fiber optic cables to increase the amount of fibers on the ground above the ground, without having to incur trenching expenses. deposit the fibers underground.
The robot will place Internet fibers around electrical fibers suspended in the air without human intervention, which speeds up the process of laying fibers and reduces their costs.
The company said the time it takes Bombyx to cross the power line has been reduced from 17 minutes to less than 4 minutes, and the clamping mechanism has been improved to ensure the robot remains perpendicular to the power line.
The company said it is currently working to convert the robot from semi-autonomous operation to fully autonomous operation to overcome any obstacles.
She explained that once the experimental operations are complete, technicians will be able to simply place the robot on the power line, then allow the robot to make a path around obstacles and navigate along the line itself.
Facebook said that a single fiber segment can serve up to 1,000 homes, so 24 fiber segments will be able to serve all homes and businesses crossed by each power line.
It said it has worked with suppliers to develop a housing for the fibers so that they can withstand the high temperatures encountered in power lines and the appearance of high voltage electrical sparks.
She said each robot will eventually be able to install over a kilometer of fiber and overcome dozens of obstacles on its own in about an hour and a half.
The company announced the first transatlantic cable system consisting of 24 pairs of fibers that will link Europe to the United States at a capacity of half a petabyte per second, or half a million gigabytes.
The capacity of these cables is 200 times greater than the capacity of transatlantic communication cables built in the early 2000s.
A new cabling system will be applied to part of the 2Africa cable, which are the submarine cables connecting Africa, Asia and Europe and will help provide the Internet to 3 billion people.
Parts of the 2Africa project will use a new aluminum conductor system to replace traditional copper conductors, reducing the cost of building such a massive cable.