Facebook confirms its ambitions in Internet access and the telecoms sector. On the occasion of the Mobile World Congress, which takes place from February 22 to 25 in Barcelona, Spain, the firm of Mark Zuckerberg presented a new initiative in the matter. Called the “Telecom Infra Project”, it aims to bring together telecom operators and hardware companies to work on the development of “new technologies and reinvent traditional approaches to the construction and deployment of telecommunications network infrastructure”.
“Every day, more people and devices around the world are going online, and it’s easier and easier to share data-intensive experiences, like video and virtual reality,” Facebook says in its communicated. “Scaling up traditional telecommunications infrastructure to meet this global data challenge is not going as fast as people need. We know that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for this, and that no company can solve the problem alone ”.
Nokia and Intel in the project
Following the example of what the social network had done within the framework of the “Open Compute Project” (relating to data centers), several companies have already joined the “TIP” project including Intel, Nokia, Deutsche Telekom or SK Telecom. These groups will work on the “acceleration” of several technologies, including 5G, it is explained.
This is not the first time that Facebook has taken a keen interest in Internet access. As part of its “Internet.org” program, the Californian company has launched its “Free Basics” offer in several countries. This application offers access to certain basic Internet services such as the weather forecast or job offers. But, failing to provide full access to the Internet, some believe that this service goes against the principles of “net neutrality”. In India, the telecoms gendarme has banned this service.