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Friday, 8 October 2021

Facebook To Make Internet Service Cheaper, Faster And Efficient With New Fiber-Spinning Robotic Technology

New Fiber-Spinning Robotic Technology

The robot rests on top of a power line, balanced high above the ground, almost as if it's floating. When it comes to a pole, it raise its body to pass the roadblock and keep chugging along.

Facebook developed the machine to install fiber cables on medium-voltage power lines around the globe. The aim of the technology is to make it cheaper for internet service providers to build out their networks using super-fast and reliable fiber connections. Installing fiber is a pricey endeavor, limiting where it can be deployed. If the cost of installation goes down, says Facebook, so too does the cost of service for the end user.

Facebook  Fiber-Spinning Robotic Technology to provide internet service

Facebook reportedly said that globally, more than 3.5 billion people are still not connected to the internet. With average data usage per person growing 20 to 30 percent annually, legacy bandwidth-limited technologies have been pushed to their capacity limits. To meet this increased demand for high-capacity, low-cost networks, mobile network operators have upgraded access technologies from 2G and 3G to 4G and beyond, while wire-line access networks have moved from DSL and coaxial to fiber to the home. Regardless of the access technology used, to support the increased capacity served in a region, fiber must be brought from the backbone closer to the end user. Facebook Connectivity, in collaboration with a number of partners, has spent the last few years developing an aerial fiber deployment solution that uses a robot designed to safely deploy a specialized fiber-optic cable on medium-voltage (MV) power lines.

This system combines innovations in the fields of robotics and fiber-optic cable design to dramatically lower the cost of deploying fiber by utilizing electrical infrastructure. While there have been tremendous improvements in the strength and size of a fiber strand, as well as the amount of data a strand can carry, there has not yet been a widely applicable solution for reducing the cost of fiber construction. Since the cost of deploying fiber comes almost entirely from construction, this was the area we wanted to address. If successful, we believe this technology will allow fiber to effectively and sustainably be deployed within a few hundred meters of much of the world’s population. We expect to see technology trials of this fiber deployment system next year.

We aim for this technology to enable equal construction of fiber in rural and lower-income communities as well as affluent ones, with open access to the fiber, fair and equitable pricing, decreasing prices for capacity as traffic grows, and shared benefits of the fiber network with the electric company.

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