Facebook is indeed have revealed their plans to launch a satellite internet to low Earth orbit of the year 2019. The project named ' Athena ' is designed to efficiently provide internet access to remote areas. It was reportedly able to transmit the data ten times faster than Elon Musk works project named ' Starlink '.
Facebook explained that they hope this project can hold an important role in the availability of the internet in rural areas that do not yet have internet access now, especially for the generations to come, such as a statement from the Telegraph.
Unfortunately, Facebook is still lagging behind SpaceX. The Elon Musk output company has already launched Starlink, which is designed to provide low-cost internet as an alternative to fiber optic cable.
However, these two billionaires do not give new innovations. Satellite internet already existed before they decided to design their own version. Although the existing Internet Satellites are still far behind the quality by the internet from fiber optic cable, especially in terms of speed.
In addition, Musk claims that Starlink will be able to provide fast internet to all corners of the world by launching a network of satellites and not just launching a satellite as it is currently practiced.
Musk has said that Starlink can eventually provide internet access to the 3 billion people who are currently unable to access it. Especially in various regions of Africa, Asia, and South America. In the meantime, Zuckerberg has not revealed many details about the projects.