Facebook is developing millimeter wave technology for Internet.org

Facebook is developing a novel technology for Internet.org to build out internet access for rural and poor populations, according to The Verge’s Russell Brandom.

Patent records obtained by The Verge show that the social media giant is developing the millimeter wave technology – a networking technology that is theoretically capable of data speeds faster than most home connections and is 40 times faster than 4G.

“This work is part of the Connectivity Lab which supports the mission of Internet.org — to connect the four billion people who don’t have Internet access,” a representative said. The Connectivity Lab is working on a number of such projects, including systems that would provide connections through satellites or drone-mounted lasers.