Facebook partners with Qualcomm to provide high-speed Wi-Fi

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Internet everywhere and for everyone is perhaps, one of Facebook’s biggest goals. The social media giant has been investing heavily in building and installing the right framework to achieve this. From its gigantic project Aquila to its Express Wi-Fi—a project that wants to take the internet to the underserved regions of the world, Facebook is getting even more ambitious with a new project.

It is been four months since the company signed a deal with Telecom Infra Project [TIP] to make internet service accessible to 3.8 billion people across the world. To further assure the world of its desire to achieve its dream, the company is again partnering with Qualcomm to provide technology for its Wi-Fi project. The deal, according to The Verge, will make sending data through routers more efficient while also increasing internet speeds.

The project, which has been in the making in the last one year, is called the Terragraph Project, and is aimed at “bringing high-speed internet connectivity to dense urban areas.”

More details: new Qualcomm chipsets, according to the report, will be integrated with the Terragraph technology in other to allow manufacturers to upgrade routers so they can send data at the 60GHz frequency. The outcome of this integration, will of course, increase broadband connections to higher speeds—and that is because the capacity will be bigger.

Though, the project is primarily targeted at the urban areas, rural areas according to a Qualcomm spokesperson will also benefit from it. Field tests are still one year away, and no word yet on when the Terragraph Project will become available.

Four months ago, Facebook announced that it had signed a deal with Telecom Infra Project [TIP] to make internet service accessible to 3.8 billion people across the world. The company made the announcement at the last Mobile World Congress held in the Spanish city of Barcelona. According to Facebook, the move was launched with the assistance of Deutsche Telecom, Magyar Telekom, Telenor, and other telecom giants.

No single organization can connect the world alone. Today at Mobile World Congress, Facebook is announcing a number of new initiatives with partners to upgrade existing networks for the future, build new networks in under-connected regions, and leverage new technologies, tools, and programs to bring more people online,” Facebook VP of engineering Jay Parikh said in a blog post last February.

The company said 3.8 billion people still do not have access to the internet globally, and sees the move as a means to solve the problem. The only way to achieve this, according to the company, is to “work closely with the telecommunications ecosystem.”

Two years ago, Mark Zuckerberg’s dream of beaming the internet to the nooks and crannies of the world was given a major boost when it launched “Project Aquila,” a move aimed at beaming the internet to millions of people in remote areas. It involves a solar-powered aircraft that will fly over remote areas for months.


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Author: Ola Ric

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