Facebook first announced the Terragraph Project in 2016 at its annual developer conference. The project was described as a multi-node wireless system focused on bringing high-speed internet connectivity to urban areas. Qualcomm now is a part of that project and will be supplying the underlying technology to help improve internet connectivity at a much lower cost.
To do this, Qualcomm will be integrating its QCA6438 and QCA6428 family of pre-802.11ay chipsets with Facebook’s Terragraph technology. This will help manufacturers to upgrade their routers to the 60GHz mmWave solution, which can then use the unlicensed 60GHz spectrum to provide a high-speed broadband connection.
Doing this will help improve internet connectivity in urban areas where congestion often leads to slow speeds. The project will also serve as a solution for places where Wi-Fi connection is weak and the option for a fiber connection is still not available. Both companies still haven’t announced when the project will go live, but field tests are set to begin by mid 2019.
“We’re excited to work with Qualcomm Technologies to advance the adoption of pre-802.11ay and 802.11ad 60GHz technologies and build a robust ecosystem of interoperable solutions based on Terragraph,” said Yael Maguire, vice president of connectivity at Facebook. “With Terragraph, our goal is to enable people living in urban areas to access high-quality connectivity that can help create new opportunities and strengthen communities.”
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Besides this both companies seem to be working on their seperate projects in improving internet connectivity across the board. Qualcomm announced recently that it will be making 5G chipsets for smartphones that we’ll probably get to see by next year. On the other hand, Facebook announced in February that it will be joining Telecomm Infra to help improve poor or non-existent internet connectivity in rural arears.