Facebook’s Fiber-Spinning Robot will bring high-speed internet cables to almost all the areas.
Facebook is planning for the deployment of “fibre spinning robot.” They will be using the robots for its execution. Robots will safely install a specific fibre-optic cable on power lines with medium-voltage (MV). This will surely cut down the cost of installing fibres, as it will use electrical infrastructure.
The potential of a single robot will be to cover more than a kilometre distance. It will remove dozens of hurdles unconventionally in approximately an hour’s time.
Facebook expects the total cost for the installation between $2 and $3 per metre in developing countries. This costing will include the cost of materials labour and downgrading.
This kind of Facebook’s Fiber-Spinning Robot system, utilising the electrical grid for developing internet infrastructure, will be much cheaper than the existing internet cables, predominantly in the countries which are in the developing state.
Facebook’s first partner will be NetEquity Networks to organize this innovative technology.
In fact, this idea of utilizing electrical infrastructure with robots clicked to Facebook during travel across rural Africa. They saw the jumbled electrical grid infrastructure spread with long transmission lines. These lines were resting on tall network towers.
Facebook’s Fiber-Spinning Robot will also take care of the size and weight of the fibre as these factors are also very important to consider. Once all the things fall in line then this technology following the electric grid will be very beneficial.
This technology will supply flawless internet to thousands of homes per feeder. However, in developing countries, it could be 15,000 homes per feeder.
Facebook’s Commitment to Fiber-Spinning Robot system
This will have the uninterrupted supply to all homes and businesses from a 24-strand fibre cable.
Facebook says, anyhow across the globe more than 3.5 billion people are still not using the internet. But its usage is growing 20 to 30 per cent annually. For this, the existing bandwidth-limited technologies have crossed their capacity limits.
Facebook reveals that, though for the first installation lot many parameters have to be taken into consideration. But, they are positive to their approach and will come out with the improvement in both the cost and speed of fibre deployments.