Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and Facebook have made an announcement stating that they have joint efforts to work towards delivering high-speed internet connectivity with Facebook’s Terragraph technology. Their efforts are said to lead to the development of a multi-node wireless system based on 60GHz technology from Qualcomm Technologies.
“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.”
Qualcomm and Facebook are working with operators and manufacturers to create a terrestrial connectivity system to improve the speed, efficiency and quality of internet connectivity around the world at a fraction of the cost. This will enable manufacturers to build 60GHz mmWave solutions using the unlicensed 60GHz spectrum to be offered to consumers in urban areas. Trials of the integrated solution are said to begin in mid-2019.
“Our collaboration with Facebook will bring advanced 11ad and pre-11ay technologies to market increasing broadband penetration and enabling operators to reduce their capex for last mile access” said Irvind Ghai, vice president of product management atQualcomm Atheros, Inc.“Terragraph cloud controller and TDMA architecture coupled with Qualcomm Technologies solution’s 10 Gbps link rate, low power consumption and early interference mitigation techniques will help make gigabit connectivity a reality.”