Via laser over the Congo: Alphabet connects Kinshasa more directly to the Internet


Above-ground laser beams could provide a comparatively stable and inexpensive internet connection in some regions of the world. A first system is now in operation in West Africa and supplies the metropolis of Kinshasa with internet more cheaply than before. At least that's what the US company Alphabet, from which the technology used comes from, explains. The connection has been active for 20 days at a transmission rate of 20 Gbps and has transmitted 700 terabytes, while it worked 99.9 percent of the time. In the city on the Congo, this solved a very special problem, but that could also work elsewhere, according to Alphabet.

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