Qualcomm Joins Facebook In Its Ambitious Public Wifi Project

Qualcomm Joins Facebook
Written by Hassan Abbas

Facebook does not give up on its initiatives that have to do with offering Internet connections, just enough to remember projects such as, laser tests, its giant solar drone or the latest rumor that points to the internet via satellite. Well now, Zuck has a new ally in his other project that has to do with the internet, only that this is to offer gigabit WiFi within the cities.

The idea is known as Terragraph Project and was initially presented in 2016, with which Facebook wants to create a large urban network that is capable of providing high-speed internet, especially in areas where there is no infrastructure to place fiber, or the price of This one is very high.

Qualcomm Joins Facebook

Terragraph Project

Terragraph would be a wireless system based on the frequency of 60Ghz, which would allow, in theory, to have a millimeter wave network available to all in spite of interference and abundant structures, such as buildings or antennas.

That was the initial idea presented by Zuck two years ago, but as usual, it was not known how it was going to be done. Today we finally have some light knowing that Qualcomm will be the most important partner in this project, and will be responsible for making the new 60GHz chipsets for transmission equipment.

These devices would be based on the WLAN 802.11a standard, which offers transmission speeds between 20 and 40 Gbps in distances between 300 and 500 meters, all under the frequency of 60Ghz. To avoid possible interference in the future, Facebook and Qualcomm have modified the mode of transmission based on arrays of massive antennas, channel linkage, synchronized nodes and TDMA protocols.

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According to Facebook, with this it will be possible to offer connections capable of overcoming obstacles, even in high-density cities, reaching a large number of users and reducing initial costs. In summary, a project that seeks to face Google Fiber.

The idea is to start with the tests in 2019, it has not been mentioned where, but if we rely on the information from two years ago, everything points to San Jose, California, where fiber is extremely expensive and scarce.

Via: Digitaltrends

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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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