Internet for all: Facebook v. Google

  • Iridium and Globalstar started building on their idea to provide wide cell phone coverage but promptly went bankrupt.
  • Teledesic, a venture funded by Bill Gates, Paul Allen, and Saudi prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, got a lot of people interested but was scrapped before it launched its first constellation.
  • Facebook started Internet.org in 2013 with the vision of Empowering rural communities via Internet. It acquired the Somerset-based company Ascenta in March 2014 for an estimated £12.5m to build Aquila.
  • Google X launched Project Loon as a research and development project with the mission of providing Internet access to rural and remote areas.
  • Microsoft is looking at starting a pilot project of its ‘White-Fi’ technology that uses the unused spectrum in frequencies used for broadcasting of television signals, and is likely to offer a solution to tackle the problem of last mile broadband connectivity in the country.
  • Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, with Greg Wyler, former CEO of 03b are planning to place 4,000 satellites in Low Earth Orbit to make sure every part of the globe is wirelessly connected.
  • Traditional players like Intelsat, the world’s largest satellite company by market capitalization, is using the capabilities of its next-generation geostationary satellites to deliver Internet connectivity to airplanes, cruise ships, the world’s merchant marine fleet.
  • Aircel has just launched a plan called Free Basic Internet (FBI), which is providing low-speed Internet access for all, without charging anything. The speed of such access is capped at 64 KBPS, and the user can access the whole web without any discrimination.
  • Smart, TNT, Sun offer free mobile Internet for all prepaid subscribers.
  • The Govt. of India is developing BharatNet as part of the Digital India program, a revamped and larger version of the National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) which plans on providing fiber optic connectivity to most of the 2.5 lac Gram Panchayats (moderate size villages). The projected cost of the project stands at $ 12 Billion.
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