World Bulletin / News Desk
Although nations still face squeezes, wars and corruptions, the giant technology companies remains internet access campaigns.
After the Google's Project Loon, Facebook's Zuckerberg has enlisted Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, Qualcomm Inc and other technology companies to help him in a project aimed at making Internet access affordable for the 5 billion people around the world who are not online.
The group, called internet.org, is the latest effort by an Internet company to seek to expand Web access to emerging economies. It follows a similar thrust by Facebook rival Google Inc, which uses everything from balloons to fiber connections to expand connectivity.
While short on specifics, Zuckerberg's group intends to explore everything from lower-costsmartphones and providing Internet access to underserved communities, to working out ways to reduce the amount of data downloads required to run mobile Internet applications such as Facebook.
The world's largest social network with 1 billion-plus members, Facebook once harbored ambitions of becoming an all-encompassing Web destination with everything from searches to messaging and shopping, analysts say. But a succession of forays into new areas, such as its "Home" interface forsmartphones, fizzled.
Zuckerberg said in the CNN interview that internet.org was for now a "rough plan." He said the project was not just about making money for Facebook, which needs to keep expanding to boost revenue.
Google's balloons involved in Project Loon have been designed to provide internet connectivity to about 40km in diameter and have been equipped with antennas that use specialized radio frequency technology.
Project Loon has already been kicked off as 50 people in the Canterbury area of New Zealand were usedto test the project. A total of 30 balloons were released from which Google hopes to learn more and continue to refine Project Loon.
The Arab Spring has shown the world that internet tools such as Facebook and Twitter may be keys in countries' political process.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ağustos 2013, 12:38