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Published on Apr 14, 2017
Facebook’s user-base is quickly approaching the total number of users connected to the Internet, which means that in order to continue the company's mission of connecting the world, we have to focus on connectivity itself: finding a way to bring the remaining 60% of the world onto the Internet. This requires shifts in thinking, innovation in technology and above all else, finding a way to scale this technology so that we can provide as much to as many with the lowest cost. In this talk I'll discuss how Facebook is using a multifaceted approach to this problem, from terrestrial projects like Terragraph and ARIES, which focus on providing efficient, fast, cheap and scalable wireless Internet for dense urban areas, to UAVs and satellites, like the Aquila project, aimed at connecting rural communities not already reached by cellular networks. This talk will discuss how these projects have pushed the boundaries of networking in both hardware and software, as well as the lessons learnt along the way. Also lasers.