Facebook announced built of its own drone that will bring internet connectivity to remote parts of the world.
It is the social network’s latest initiative in its Internet.org scheme, a project designed to bring connectivity to the developing world.
The strategy will help the network continue to grow users, a key requirement of keeping investors happy.
The drone – which has a wingspan of a Boeing 737 – will operate as high as 90,000 feet in the air, and can stay airborne for 90 days at a time.
Facebook said the drones would be able to offer internet speeds of 10 gigabits per second, which will be tested in the US later this year.
“Our goal is to accelerate the development of a new set of technologies that can drastically change the economics of deploying internet infrastructure,” Mr Parikh said.
“We are exploring a number of different approaches to this challenge, including aircraft, satellites and terrestrial solutions.
“Our intention is not to build networks and then operate them ourselves, but rather to quickly advance the state of these technologies to the point that they become viable solutions for operators and other partners to deploy.”
Mr Parikh said the Facebook drone’s technology should be regarded as a “significant breakthrough”.
However, the social network expansion beyond its current markets has raised eyebrows, and accusations of cynical intentions.