Facebook announces new networking partnerships to bring more people

By | March 9, 2018

Facebook announced new partner initiatives for its Terragraph wireless system and OpenCellular base station project.
The Telecom Infra Project, which aims to advance work in networking infrastructure, has grown to include some 500 companies.

Facebook announced new partner projects related to two of its next-generation wireless initiatives

Facebook initially announced Terragraph in 2016, as a tool to help cities build more efficient wireless systems. It’s a multi-node system that uses phase array antennae to steer traffic around objects that would normally interfere with it, such as tall buildings.

Deutsche Telekom is actively evaluating millimeter-wave technology use across Europe, the post said. “Magyar Telekom, the largest Hungarian telecommunications company and a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, is planning to deploy a Terragraph field trial in the Budapest area. We are also partnering with Telenor to conduct a Terragraph production field trial in Kuala Lumpur.”

Additionally, Intel and Radwin will be working on reference designs for Terragraph, and Nokia will be performing gigabit broadband trials with the technology as well, the post noted.

At MWC, Facebook also noted that a partnership with Telefonica had delivered high-speed mobile internet to thousands of native Peruvians in the Amazonian rainforest and other areas. Telefonica will also be testing the OpenCellular LTE RAN platform as a means of extending existing 3G and 4G wireless, the post said. Facebook will also be working with telecom provider Orange to do similar work in parts of Africa.

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