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Facebook testing terrestrial tech for Internet

Facebook is working on two new connectivity systems called Terragraph and Project ARIES. The company has other plans to deliver the Internet like via satellites, lasers and drones, but Terragraph and ARIES are terrestrial or ground based networks. Terragraph network: This network consists of a multi-node wireless system, that will deliver internet in dense urban areas. Facebook mentions that the network will operate at the 60 GHz spectrum, which in countries like United States, United Kingdom, Germany, China, South Korea, Japan, is unlicensed. Facebook will essentially deploy a WiGig network, equivalent to WiFi, but in the 60 Ghz spectrum. The nodes for these networks will be deployed across the city at a distance of 200-250 meters on objects like signals and light poles, and can handle up to 7 Gbits transmission rates. The social network will use its data centers…

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