Facebook Will Begin to Experiment with a Public System of High Speed WiFi

Facebook follows announced important developments since yesterday will start its F8 Developers Conference with an interesting keynote from Mark Zuckerberg, today the Conference continue with less noise, but with details that keep calling attention, because today they announced two new initiatives It has to do with internet connections.

For some years we have seen how Facebook has an active participation in this field, with bets like the internet via satellite, by lasers or gigantic drones, as well as his initiative internet.org, but most of these projects are focused on underserved areas, for what will now be a step further and seek to place in small towns. We know Richard and Project ARIES.


The first is called Richard, and consists in a 60 GHz network node (high power short distance) that take advantage of existing infrastructure in the cities, since they would be placed in various buildings in urban areas over distances no greater than 250 metres, in addition to each node would have four transmitters, one pointing in different directions to cover more quadrants, since the 60 GHz are ideal for transmitting information through the walls , but is not very efficient for long distances.

The objective of this project is to offer connections of Broadband at low cost and in urban areas gigabit speeds, which do not possess the infrastructure and resources to install fiber lines. This system will start its first trials during the summer in the city of San Jose.

Project ARIES

While Richard is focused on providing high frequencies for wireless transmission of data, ARIES (Antenna Radio Integration for Efficiency in Spectrum) focuses on the use of more efficiently to a larger number of devices. This project is just a concept, but it is intended to expand considerably the number of users that can be simultaneously connected to a transmission tower.

ARIES used 96 antennas connected by something called “spatial multiplexing”, which is a form of multiple data transmission in a single channel, with this, up to 24 frequencies, it could handle each with several simultaneous transmissions, in a single spectrum. The main objective of ARIES would be that the traditional networks are up to 10 times more efficient.

Project ARIES’s Facebook

At the time an ad no when Richard use could be extended to other cities, or when we might see the first prototype of ARIES, is nonetheless interesting to see as Facebook continues to invest significantly in the subject of internet, one of the most important within its already wide range of products and services.