Zambia may seem like an odd choice for the site of an application’s launch, but it makes perfect sense when the developer of that app has a mission statement of connecting the rest of the world. Internet.org – the global partnership formed last August by Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung to “connect the next 5 billion people” — announced the launch of its app, starting with Airtel subscribers in Zambia.
Those may have been the drones Facebook was looking for, but they now belong to Google. The Wall Street Journal reported that Google will acquire Titan Aerospace, a near-orbital, solar-powered drone manufacturer that the social network was reportedly in talks to acquire last month, with an eye toward using its Solara 60 unmanned aerial vehicles to help provide Internet access to unserved parts of the world, starting with Africa, as part of the Internet.org initiative.
Facebook’s Connectivity Lab: Drones, Planes, Satellites, Lasers To Further Internet.org Mission Of Bringing Connectivity To The Whole World
Look, up in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a drone from Facebook? The social network Thursday announced the formation of the Connectivity Lab, which is made up of experts who previously worked with U.K.-based Ascenta, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Ames Research Center, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.
Facebook Head of Global Connectivity Chris Weasler said in an interview with FierceWireless at the 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, last week that the social network has no plans to build or operate a wireless network of its own.
Facebook joined mobile carriers association GSMA last November, and Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will team up with technology journalist and writer David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect, for a keynote session Monday, Feb. 24, at the 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Internet.org — the global partnership formed by Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, and Samsung, with the goal of connecting the two-thirds of the world’s population currently without Internet access — released a white paper Monday on the important role efficiency must play in achieving that goal.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg participated in a lengthy question-and-answer session with Steven Levy of Wired about Internet.org, the initiative aimed at “connecting the next 5 billion people” who are currently without Internet access.