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Facebook-backed Telecom Infra Project adds a new focus on millimeter wave tech for 5G

Facebook-backed Telecom Infra Project adds a new focus on millimeter wave tech for 5G
From TechCrunch - September 12, 2017

The Telecom Infra Project(TIP), the Facebook-backed open-source hardware and software group of over 450 telecom stakeholders like Broadcom, Intel, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Telefonica, SK Telecom, Juniper Networks, today announced a new project group that will focus on millimeter wave networks. The appropriately named Millimeter Wave Networks Project Group (mmWave) will be co-chaired by Facebook and Deutsche Telekom and will focus on bringing more bandwidth to dense, highly-populated areas.

While TIP started out with a focus on technologies that could bring better connectivity to rural areas, it has recently also launched a number of projects that focused on cities.

The mmWave group will work on new networking solutions for the 60GHz band, a frequency thatll play a major role in the move to 5G networks and that, in the past, was mostly used for military communications. Thats also the same frequency that the Terragraph project uses to cover city blocks with Internet connectivity. The mmWave groups focus is slightly different, but its is also looking at how to use 60GHz networking to provide wireless coverage in cities for IoT devices.

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