The best thing about social media is the way that it helps you to stay connected. In fact, that's probably one of the first things that comes to mind when you hear the name Facebook. But, what you might not realize is that Facebook isn't just connecting people through its website and smartphone apps. It's actually helping to connect underserved regions throughout the world.
In a recent post by Facebook's division, Connectivity Lab, more was revealed about the company's approach to solving this huge problem. "Ten percent of the world's population lives in areas of the world where connectivity is simply not available; connecting these often remote and rural areas will require the development of new wireless communication technologies and platforms."
Some of the methods revealed were, short-range access networks (like Wi-Fi hot spots), and cellular technologies for more rural regions. But, in order to determine what options work best, more information is needed.
"Creating a data set with high spatial resolution for some of the countries that could benefit from better Internet connectivity is a large undertaking," said Connectivity Lab's, Andreas Gros. "Aggregate population counts on the spatial scale of provinces or districts are known from population censuses but alone are insufficient, as these areas vary in geographical size and do not provide insight about population distributions on a granular level."