Penang in Malaysia to get Facebook’s free public internet with speeds up to 1.3Gbps

Malaysian telecommunications company YES and Facebook are joining forces to bring an upgrade in internet connectivity to Penang.

The infrastructure is called Terragraph and it will be able to deliver internet speeds up to 1.3Gbps.

Terragraph was first developed by Facebook back in 2016 with the main goal of bringing fast internet speeds to rural areas and locations where installing fibre cables is not feasible.

This technology has major benefits over cables.

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Unlike cell-towers and base stations, Terragraph utilizes small nodes that send out signals to our devices. These nodes can be installed literally anywhere from street poles to even rooftops.

Range of each WiFi band. IMAGE: Ars Technica

Malaysia is not the first country to receieve this new network technology. The first ever test of Terragraph was conducted in Mikebuda, Hungary and was able to increase the village’s internet speed from 5Mbps to 650Mbps.

Testing will officially commence on March 1, and it will run for 6 months. Citizens will get access to free public WiFi and fixed wireless access for selected trial users throughout the test period.

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