Speaking at the 2016 Mobile World Congress, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg announced Telecom Infra Project (TIP), an initiative to make the designs of wireless networking equipment open source. The social media giant has partnered with firms including Deutsche Telekom, SK Telecom, Intel, and Nokia for the purpose.
“TIP members will work together to contribute designs in three areas — access, backhaul, and core and management,” Facebook revealed in a blog post. “As the effort progresses, TIP members will work together to accelerate development of technologies like 5G that will pave the way for better connectivity and richer services.”
Making the designs open source will quicken the arrival of 5G. The companies will share the information and speed up the rate at which the new networks can be built and implemented. Through TIP, Facebook also intends to improve the mobile connectivity around the world.
“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, global head of engineering and infrastructure, Facebook wrote in the 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,” he said.
This is not the first time that the social media giant enters into such initiative. In 2011, Facebook launched Open Compute Project, the initiative that made the designs of the data centers and large-scale networks an open source.