Facebook Announces Telecom Infra Project With 29 Partners

Facebook Announces Telecom Infra Project With 29 Partners
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Facebook is, once again, on the move. Despite the past troubles with some of its initiative and services,the social media giant is not slowing down anytime soon. This is proven by the social network’s announcement about its Telecom Infra Project or TIP.


The announcement was made in Barcelona during this year’s Mobile World Congress. TIP is an effort which resembles the Open Compute Project or OCP that Facebook has introduced five years ago, reports Venture Beat.

The announcement also mentioned that the TIP effort will be in cooperation with 30 initial partners including Deutsche Telekom of Germany; BT subsidiary EE of the Unite Kingdom; Globe Telecom of the Philippines; SK Telecom of South Korea; Intel; Lemco; Nokia; and Quortus

Other TIP members include Africa Mobile Network, Amarisoft, Aricent, ASOCS, Athonet, AW2S, BaiCells, Bandwidth, and Equinix. The other members to complete the list are Harman, HCL, iDirect, IP Access, Nexius, Radisys, SDS, Ss7ware, Star Solutions, Sysmocom, Vanu, and VNL.

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The Verge adds that the OCP which was started in 2011 was initiated to share designs of data center products. It also has ties with the social media’s internet.org projects to bring connectivity to rural areas and developing countries.

Facebook Global Head of Engineering and Infrastructure Jay Parikh has written in a blog post that “Every day, more people and more devices around the world are coming online, and it’s becoming easier to share data-intensive experiences like video and virtual reality. Scaling traditional telecom infrastructure to meet this global data challenge is not moving as fast as people need it to.”

TIP’s tech companies and hardware makers will work together to contribute designs plus store and deliver intensive data. Meanwhile, the telecom companies can then use those designs in practice. Parikh said that this in turn will result to “significant gains in cost and operational efficiency for both rural and urban deployments.” The partners will also work on accelerating the development of 5G networks.