Facebook has been a company which has been one of the biggest giants in the markets of social network and is working towards enhancing communication all over the world in various forms. The next big leap for Facebook comes in the markets of telecommunication, as the company is now looking at a major telecom infra project, allying with some of the biggest names in the world of telecom.
Facebook has joined hands with major names in the world of technology such as Africa Mobile Network, Amarisoft, Aricent, ASOCS, Athonet, AW2S, BaiCells, Bandwidth, Deutsche Telekom, EE Equinix, Globe Harman, HCL, iDirect, Intel, IP Access, Lemko, Nexius, Nokia, Quortus, Radisys, SDS, SK Telecom, Ss7ware, Star Solutions, Sysmocom, Vanu, and VNL. Together all these companies have formed a foundation – the Telecom Infra Project.
The Telecom Infra Project works quite similar to what Facebook imagined with Open Compute Project (OCP) four years ago. The main goal of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is development of new telecommunications networking hardware.
“Every day, more people and devices around the world are coming online, and it’s becoming easier to share data-intensive experiences like video and virtual reality,” Jay Parikh, Facebook’s global head of engineering and infrastructure wrote in a blog post. “Scaling traditional telecom infrastructure to meet this global data challenge is not moving as fast as people need. We know there isn’t a sole solution for this, and no single company can tackle the problem alone.”
The group contains of various participants, some work on the ideation and formation technologies part while the others work on the implementation part. Facebook, Nokia and Intel are three major names which would share designs and the telecom operators will be implementing it across their networks.
The successful implementation of this project is expected to benefit hundreds of millions of people around the globe, and this is truly one of its kind project that has been started worldwide.