Facebook is using its own devices to deliver broadband via satellite to remote areas. The deal would mark the end of Facebook’s long years of experimentation.
Amazon can launch multiple satellites
Tech giant Amazon has acquired a team of more than a dozen wireless Internet experts from Facebook to boost its billion-dollar project to launch thousands of satellites and offer broadband service globally. The report quoted a Facebook spokesperson as saying on Wednesday that employees of the social networking giant moved to Amazon in April to help the company grow its network of low-orbit satellites by the middle of the decade.
According to LinkedIn Pages, the workers are in the Los Angeles area and include physicists as well as optical, prototyping, mechanical and software engineers who previously worked on aeronautical systems and wireless networks.
The report said Amazon paid Facebook an undisclosed amount as part of the acquisition, in which more than a dozen Los Angeles-based employees switched companies in April to work on Project Kuiper. According to The Verge, the move puts an end to Facebook’s efforts to provide internet connectivity in remote areas through its satellites.
When it confirmed the initiative in 2018, the company said it believes the technology will make it possible to bring broadband connectivity to rural areas, where internet connectivity is lacking or not present. The report said Facebook attempted to use internet drones to achieve similar objectives before shutting down that project in 2018.
Meanwhile, Amazon’s ambitions to provide internet via satellite surfaced in 2019. The company has said it expects to invest $10 billion to launch 3,236 satellites into low-Earth orbit by 2029 , which aims to provide Internet access to unserved and underserved communities around the world.
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