Facebook, a US multinational company, has announced new connectivity technologies that will bring one billion people online and enhance existing infrastructure projects.
The technologies include a 24 fibre pair subsea cable system that will connect Europe to the US.
Bombyx, a robotic innovation, will lessen the cost of terrestrial fibre deployment and enable increase its speed, while Terragraph, a wireless solution that beams fibre-like connectivity through the air, will be introduced to bring high-speed internet to consumers.
Already, Terragraph is said to have brought about faster internet in more than 6,500 homes in Anchorage, Alaska and deployment has started in Perth, Australia.
Speaking on the innovations at a media parley on Thursday, Dan Rabinovitsj, the vice-president of Facebook Connectivity, said the new technologies are aimed at delivering major improvements in internet capacity across the world.
While spelling out the influence of innovations on African countries, Rabinovitsj said Facebook is also working with partners to develop new features that will enable access to high speed internet.