Facebook to Partner with Telecoms for 5G

NicoleMotta - February 22, 2016 - 12:50 PM

Facebook to Partner with Telecoms for 5G

Over the weekend, Facebook announced a new project that looks to partner with telecoms and manufacturers for 5G.

"Today we announced the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), an engineering-focused initiative that is bringing operators, infrastructure providers, system integrators, and other technology companies together to collaborate on the development of new technologies and reimagine traditional approaches to building and deploying telecom network infrastructure," said Facebook's Global Head of Engineering and Infrastructure, Jay Parikh, in a blog post on the new project. "We know from our experience with the Open Compute Project that the best way to accelerate the pace of innovation is for companies to collaborate and to work in the open." Facebook dropped some big names in its TIP announcement. Intel, Nokia, Deutsche Telekom, SK Telecom, and, of course, Facebook are all TIP members who have pledged to contribute their help in this endeavor. These companies will work together on three design areas: access, backhaul, and core and management. As the program progresses, TIP members "will work together to accelerate development of technologies like 5G that will pave the way for better connectivity and richer services."

Facebook is already working with TIP members to test new approaches to connectivity. "Facebook, in collaboration with Globe, recently launched a pilot deployment based on TIP principles to connect a small village in the Philippines that previously did not have cellular coverage," said Parikh. "In addition, EE is planning to work as part of TIP to pilot a community-run 4G coverage solution that can withstand the challenges presented by the remote environment of the Scottish Highlands to connect unconnected communities." Facebook hopes that these technologies will prove sustainable and will be accepted by other companies.

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