Facebook’s action plan to connect Rural Area

Facebook’s action plan to connect to Remote Area
Facebook’s action plan to connect to Remote Area

Facebook has a plan for everyone. Even for those people, who live in remote area with limited resources.

Facebook has launched two new projects called Terragraph and Project Aries. The announcement was made at Facebook’s annual F8 Conference.

Facebook believes that every human deserves a consistent, high-bandwidth internet experience.

What is Terragraph?

Terragraph is a 60 GHz, multi-node wireless system focused on bringing high-speed internet connectivity to dense urban areas. The Terragraph system is optimized for high-volume, low-cost production.

Urban deployment of Terragraph network.
Urban deployment of Terragraph network. Image: Facebook Research

The Terragraph would be able to provide Wi-Fi signal in such areas for high-bandwidth connectivity. It will use standard street items like antennas and light poles. The nodes are placed across a city at 200-250 meter intervals, which can help to achieve 100% street level connectivity.

Terragraph four sector distribution node
Terragraph four sector distribution node. Image: Facebook

“Terragraph also leverages technology created to manage Facebook’s massive data centre infrastructure. We implemented IPv6-only nodes, an SDN-like cloud compute controller, and a new modular routing protocol for fast route convergence and failure detection.”

“We also re-architected the MAC layer to solve the shortcomings of TCP/IP over a wireless link. By implementing a high performance TDMA-TDD MAC, we saw up to 6 times improvement in network efficiency, and at the same time made TCP/IP predictable compared to the existing Wi-Fi standard.” Said Neeraj and Ali from Facebook in a post.

Project ARIES (Antenna Radio Integration for Efficiency in Spectrum)

First version of our prototype antenna array with 96 transmit antennas providing 10x spectral and energy efficiency gains.
First version of our prototype antenna array with 96 transmit antennas providing 10x spectral and energy efficiency gains.
Image: Facebook

Aries technology receives more data and transmits this data on 4G standard, using MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output). Facebook wants to use ARIES to beam Internet Signals to remote areas. Base stations could be situated in urban areas from where connectivity could be beamed to rural areas.

These systems are performing well in Urban area. Facebook plans to make the use of MIMO system to work well in rural areas as well.

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