Facebook unites with Qualcomm, brings high-speed wi-fi to urban areas

Social media giant Facebook has recently announced that it will be teaming up with Qualcomm to work on its high-speed internet connectivity and data transfer through routers more efficiently. Touted as the Terragraph Project, Facebook had called for this project since its first announcement at its 2016’s annual developer conference, say sources.

According to authentic reports, the new Qualcomm chips will be integrated with Facebook’s Terragraph technology that will enable manufacturers to upgrade routers to be able to send data at 60 GHz frequency – in turn bringing high-speed broadband connections to cities.

The project has been speculated to substantially increase the potential of Wi-Fi market, according to leading industry experts. Incidentally, Wi-Fi industry has already been witnessing exponential growth in the recent years due to rising need for high-speed internet access and rapid growth of internet users.

Qualcomm revealed in a company statement that it will be adding 60 GHz tech to its chipsets with plans to commence the field tests from mid-2019. Reportedly, the technology is based on the pre-802.11ay standard with advancements provided by Qualcomm’s chipset and the integrated software between Qualcomm and Facebook.

Nothing has been confirmed about when the Project will come online, say sources familiar with the matter.

If reports are to be believed, the chipmaking giant is also producing a 5G small cell chipset for phone manufacturers & carriers that is already in the ‘functioning’ zone with ‘early access’ partners. Experts speculate Nokia & Samsung to be among these names.

Qualcomm claimed the Terragraph Project to be the solution for both urban & rural areas, stating that its combined technology will support signals to get through urban obstacles, reduce upfront costs, and serve more consumers of Wi-fi market. Facebook is also looking forward to serving more rural areas with its ARIES (Antenna Radio Integration for Efficiency in Spectrum) system which was also unveiled at the 2016’s F8 event.