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Terragraph: Facebook’s new initiative to connect people

After Express Wi-Fi, Facebook is working on new platforms to connect people in urban and rural areas with high-speed internet.

Facebook has unveiled new initiatives to upgrade existing networks for the future, build new networks in under-connected regions and leverage new technologies.

The initiatives, announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, include partnerships to support Terragraph — a millimeter-wave, multi-node wireless backhaul system optimised to bring high-speed internet connectivity to dense urban areas.

Facebook announced that Terragraph will be deployed for field trials in two locations serving customer traffic.

“We also are announcing new partner trials for OpenCellular, a low-power base station optimised for rural and traditionally underdeveloped regions of the world,” Jay Parikh, head of infrastructure and engineering at Facebook, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

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