05 Mar
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After WhatsApp, Facebook Now Acquiring Drone Manufacturer

Social media giant Facebook is in the news again after their high profile acquisition of WhatsApp a few days back. The company is said to be in negotiations with a manufacturer of drones. Yes, drones! The company intends to boost Internet connections in remote locations in Africa by making use of drones.

Facebook is one of the players said to be backing internet.org project that intend to network to remote parts of the world that are offline. As of now, just 2.7 billion people are connected to the Internet. Other companies that are backing this project are Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung.

Reports are now emerging that Facebook aims to acquire the manufacturer of solar powered drones that can stay in air for as long as 5 years at a go. This is a part of their plan to alter the drones to offer Internet access to users on the ground. Drones of Titan Aerospace can reach an altitude of 65,000 fee, which increases their likelihood of acting as satellites with lesser operating costs.

As per reports from TechCrunch, Facebook aims to provide Internet connectivity to places that don’t have a connection by building 11,000 of these drones. A project of this nature puts it in direct competition with Project Loon funded by Google. 30 balloons will be sent into the stratosphere to forge a network that will be programmed by using currents of winds at multiple altitudes to sustain a geostationary position in Project Loon.

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