Report: Facebook Buying Drones To Bring Internet to Developing Nations

An increase in users is something that is vital to all Internet-based companies. But a lack of Internet access globally has prevented many people from becoming EUconnected.EU Like Google, Facebook is looking to bring the Internet to developing nations -- but with drones

While Google is looking to provide Internet access through Project Loon, a global network of high-altitude balloons aimed at connecting people in rural and remote areas, Facebook is in talks with drone maker Titan Aerospace, according to a report from TechCrunch. By working with Titan, Facebook would be able to use drones to provide widespread Internet access in developing nations.

Obvious Interest

Neither Facebook nor Titan Aerospace has publicly confirmed these reports, but FacebookEUs interest in this type of Internet expansion is well documented. Since 2013, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has led the Internet.org initiative that aims to EUbring the Internet to the two-thirds of the worldEUs population that doesn't have it.EU

During Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Zuckerberg explained why it is important for developing countries to have reliable Internet access. In a blog post from 2013, Zuckerberg said that EUthere are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining the knowledge economy,EU but through Internet.org, Facebook and other companies will be able to make the Internet EUavailable to those who cannot currently afford it."

Despite the massive partnership between Facebook, Qualcomm, Nokia, Samsung, and others, there has yet to be a public plan regarding how Internet.org will actually provide people with Internet access. However, the drones provided by Titan Aerospace could be turned into efficient Internet service providers.

Expanding the User Base

While there are benefits to the company that actually provides Internet access, the main reason that Facebook and Google are working toward connecting billions of people is that those members of society will then use Internet services once...

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