Provision of Internet service via satellite seems to be the latest obsession with networking companies and it has not deterred them from poaching each other’s employees if it means gaining an edge over the competition. The latest to jump is a Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) employee Michael Tseytlin who now ranks amongst thousands of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) workers, his department in the new company being same as the portfolio that he held with his previous employer.
As per the latest news, Tseytlin has been assigned to Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s Connectivity Lab wherein he is to continue working on and developing the satellite technology amongst other options. Much of the work in the Connectivity Lab is focused towards developing drones, satellites and other communication gadgets that would transmit Internet signals to even the remotest corners of the world. According to Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) founder Mark Zuckerberg –
“Low-earth orbit satellites, which travel 100 to 1,200 miles above the Earth, can provide relatively strong Internet signals over relatively narrow areas, so large numbers of such satellites are needed to cover the Earth. Geosynchronous satellites orbit much higher, at roughly 22,000 miles, offer wider coverage, but the signal is much weaker when it reaches the ground.”
Under the circumstances, is it really difficult to understand why Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and their competitors are so keen to possess the technology that would connect those who have so far remained outside the fringes of the Internet?
On his part Tseytlin gained much of his expertise on satellite design at LightSquared wherein he worked for seven years as the leading developer of satellite based and other infrastructural projects. Only when the company went bankrupt that he joined Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and this month shifted his loyalties to Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), thus following in the steps of three of his colleagues who had shown preference for Facebook over Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL).
Although his job description at Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is still shrouded in mystery, his profile page at LinkedIn has revealed attempts to establish contact with executives at leading satellite companies namely IntelSat and Space Systems Loral.
This article has been written by Vinita Basu.