At its F8 conference today, Facebook unveiled terrestrial connectivity technology to complement its Internet-peddling Aquila drone. As engineering VP Jay Parikh explained, Facebook’s new ARIES tech will make extending Internet connectivity (read: access to Facebook) in rural areas faster and cheaper, by packing together arrays of 96 antennas.
Facebook hopes to offer similar improvements in urban regions with Terragraph, a low-cost, gigabit speed system of nodes that can be installed in cities. Terragraph will debut through a pilot program in San Jose this fall.
Reporting by Daniel Terdiman. For more F8 News, go to our live blog.