Facebook is using MWC Barcelona to focus on its framework projects,Like every year. While you may think mostly of Facebook as a social network, for bringing more people online (and onto its network) many years ago the company started launching infrastructure projects .
For carriers these projects include things like the (now-cancelled) solar-powered Aquila drone and plenty of open-source software and hardware initiatives . Indeed, there are too many projects that range from physical devices and networks to software that it’s sometimes hard to keep up. That wide range is by design, though.
“The one thing that has been dependable since the very starting is that there’s no silver bullet,” Yael Maguire Facebook director of engineering told me at MWC during an interview . “We try to commit to different parts of the ecosystem. The ecosystem could be in heavy urban markets where we’re doing things like rural markets where we are doing Express Wi-Fi orTerra-graph.”
The company announced At MWC,a number of new partnerships and projects that augment on its current projects.
Maybe the Internet is called the most interesting of these projects para Todos (IpT) Peru. it’s possible to create an economically predictable provider of rural mobile infrastructure, Facebook is trying to show here this. Facebook is building this together with Telephonic, CAF (Development Bank of Latin America) and IDB Invest and. It’s an open access network that will be open to all carriers. Maguire said “ to think about connecting small communities in rural parts of Peru,It is very economically challenging. let alone other parts of the world,”. “ we can create common framework that is open access, let others innovate on business models and create competition etc.this is the idea. The hope is that a business case can close for IpT.” Over time, too — assuming will works,Facebook wish to bring this model to other places, which Maguire accepted is not a given since this is very much an investigation at this point. If the model works, though, then the anticipation is that commercial vendors will see that there’s money to be made by connecting these small rural communities.
Facebook is investing in a new 750km open-access fiber project in Nigeria, As the company also announced today, for example, which will provide fiber access to more than one million people. with a number of local state authorities Facebook is co-investing in this project . As Maguire noted In Uganda the company previously worked on a similar project , from this experience it learned quite a tiny , including through large bodies of wat how to make laying fiber or more economically viable. But it’s not just the logistics, it’s also working with the local bureaucracy — which Maguire says is harder than the technical challenges. he said “There’s not a lot of new technology that we are inventing for this right now, and also acknowledged that these are comparatively small projects. But as the company learns, it plans to scale up these attempts and in Africa,Latin America and Asia-Pacific launch more projects , .
for its Express Wi-Fi service The company is also announcing new partners , including Cell C in South Africa, in Ghana Vodafone and in the Philippines Globe . in India, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania and Indonesia that’s on top of other partnerships . The idea of Express Wi-Fi is to work to help internet providers and mobile operators to build their Wi-Fi businesses and to give local entrepreneurs the tools to provide internet access to their neighbors.
Facebook also today announced the launch of Magma,As far as open-source projects go, a new open-source platform that makes mobile network deployments easier for carriers. Telefonica is The launch partner for Magma , which is using it to pilot a new LTE network in Kenya which is using it in Latin America, and BRCK, .
which is using it to pilot a new LTE network in Kenya is Terragraph, one of the company’s most successful open-source infrastructure projects that helps to urban and suburban communities, to bring high-speed connectivity is now seeing new trials in Athens, Greece and Curitiba, Brazil and it’s already in production usage in Canon, Ohio and Penang, Malaysia, as well as Alameda, California.
though, even if the local impact is huge Those are still small-scale projects. What’s maybe more important, though, is that it’s seeing increased support from hardware vendors, which now include MikroTik and Cambium Networks, in addition to Nokia and Radwin, which previously came on board.
One thing Maguire also noted is that Facebook remains as dedicated to these groundwork projects as it has ever been.he said “We are trying to make sure we are learning and reversing on everything that is happening and it’s important that we appreciate the role we play in all of this, but it’s super important and tied to the mission of what we do,” .
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