In a bid to increase its user base, social media leaders, Facebook is now collaborating with internet connection providers to foster higher interaction on their platform. This is as a result of its recent ‘Inclusive Internet Index’ report which showed that there has been a slight decline in global connections in the last 12 months.
According to the report:
“The percentage of households connected to the Internet globally increased on average to 54.8% from 53.1%, a modest improvement of 3.1%. However, in low-income nations, Internet connections improved by a mere 0.8% on average. This stands in marked contrast to 2018, when this group saw 65.1% growth.”
This came despite the efforts of Facebook, and other tech organizations, to connect more regions, as a result of several different factors.
For example, while mobile broadband subscriptions has seen a slight increase this year, the cost of prepaid data plans is also on the increase in many regions, with providers looking to generate more ongoing revenue by signing users up to ongoing contracts. This has somewhat reduced the amount of overall connection in lower-income regions.
And that is a not very good thing for Facebook, hence their current involvement in provision of better connectivity. And to do that, Facebook is exploring other connectivity options and ways to link more regions in the following ways:
It’s launched new Express Wi-Fi programs in South Africa, Ghana and the Philippines to provide more people with affordable, and reliable, access to the internet
It’s working with MainOne in Nigeria to build a 750 km open-access fiber deployment, which will provide enhanced connectivity to more than a million people.
It’s working with IDB Invest, and CAF (Development Bank of Latin America) to launch a new, open access, wholesale rural mobile infrastructure system in Peru
Also, the social network continues to try out advanced connection options, like its Terragraph project, which plans to provide high-speed connectivity to urban and suburban communities by utilizing ‘mesh technology’ installed in legacy infrastructure – so, for example, adding receiver nodes to existing lamp posts and on buildings.
With these above listed link-ups, the social media platform’s executives plan to increase its global user base by making internet connectivity more available in the several areas in the world.
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