Mark Zuckerberg’s ambitious plan is part of Internet.org – a Facebook-backed initiative involving companies like Qualcomm, Samsung, Nokia, MediaTek as well as Ericsson now owned by Sony.
Thursday, Zuckerberg for the first time gave an insight about
Internet.org’s Connectivity Lab. A Lab comprising of a team of
scientists from NASA, Ascenta and top research institutions across the
world that has one objective – to “beam Internet to people from the
“We’re going to continue building these partnerships, but
connecting the whole world will require inventing new technology too.
That’s what our Connectivity Lab focuses on, and there’s a lot more
exciting work to do here” the Facebook co-founder and CEO said
weeks ago, some reports claimed an acquisition of drone maker Titan
Aerospace by Facebook was imminent. These reports haven’t been confirmed
and Zuckerberg made no mention of the company in his post to users of
Facebook, making the report still only a rumor.
“Our goal with
Internet.org is to make affordable access to basic internet services
available to every person in the world” Zuckerberg said.
the past year, our work in the Philippines and Paraguay alone has
doubled the number of people using mobile data with the operators we’ve
partnered with, helping three million new people access the Internet,”