Facebook has launched a pilot project of its Terragraph wireless internet technology. It will be checked at historic locations in Puerto Rico.
Facebook has launched a six-month trial of its new Terragraph WiFi wireless technology. It will provide high-speed communications in remote regions with a large number of ground objects, reports Engadget.
Technology is being tested in the city of San Juan in Puerto Rico. It is very difficult to provide residents and institutions of the city with high-speed Internet via fiber because of the infrastructure of this settlement, as well as the fact that many of its locations are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Terragraph is a 60 GHz wireless technology. Such radio waves provide a small radius of coverage and can pass through the walls of buildings. Terragraph transmitters are proposed to be installed on street lighting poles and other urban infrastructure. The distance between the transmitters is 200-250 meters.
The development of Terragraph first became known in 2016. Facebook representatives reported working on it at the F8 conference.
In January 2019, Facebook began testing drones to distribute the Internet. The company collaborates in this area with Airbus.
In 2019, Google began testing stratostats to distribute the Internet in Kenya. The company had previously provided such technology to disaster victims in Peru and Puerto Rico.