Facebook says it has developed a laser detector that could open the airwaves to new high-speed data communications systems that don’t require dedicated spectrum or licenses.
The component, disclosed on Tuesday in a scientific journal, comes from the company’s Connectivity Lab, which is involved in developing technology that can help spread high-speed Internet to places it currently doesn’t reach.
Getting Internet signals to new areas is typically done using wireless, because it’s much more cost-efficient than running cables to communities outside of urban areas. But traditional wireless comes with speed limitations and requires radio spectrum that often needs to be purchased from the government.
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