Facebook To Tap High-Speed Laser Communications For Wireless Internet

Facebook touts that it has found a way to use laser detectors for new high-speed data communications systems, giving it independence from spectrum or licenses.

Facebook’s Connectivity Lab showcased the technology on Tuesday, July 19, in a scientific journal. One of the purposes of Connectivity Lab is to find technology that puts high-speed internet in the hands of those who are out of reach from standard networks.

The most common way to offer internet signal is by using wireless systems, as the method is less costly than deploying miles of cables to less urban communities. However, standard wireless comes packed with two caveats: it has a relatively low speed cap and it requires government-approved radio spectrum.

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