Wired on Friday reported, Facebook is working on the launch of Athena, its own internet satellite. It will allow billions of people to connect to the internet who are deprived of using the internet due to lack of connectivity. Facebook has filed an application with the US Federal Communications Commission(FCC) under the name PointView Tech LLC. This project is being designed with an intention to efficiently provide broadband access to unserved and underserved areas all over the world.
There are many others apart from Facebook, who is on a mission to provide internet access via satellite in areas deprived of internet services. OneWeb a project backed by Softbank and SpaceX a project backed by Elon Musk are the two prominent names on a mission to increase Internet accessibility. Facebook has announced its arrival into the arena with the Athena project.
A Facebook spokesperson in a statement released said – “While we have nothing to share about specific projects at this time, we believe internet satellite technology will be an important enabler of the next generation of broadband infrastructure, making it possible to bring broadband connectivity to rural regions where Internet connectivity is lacking or non-existent.”
Facebook has always had a vision of connection billions of users who are deprived of internet connectivity all over the world. Though the earlier attempt with Aquila- High Flying Solar Drones has been abandoned. This project was also aimed at delivering Internet to nearly four billion people in remote parts of the world. Facebook witness another failure with a high altitude platform station (HAPS) system as well. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Aquila’s mission is to connect the world and help people who do not have online access to be able to access all the opportunities of the Internet.
Let’s all hope people involved in the mission to make the internet access all over the world get success.