Ericsson and Facebook to Simulate Mobile Services in Developing Environments
Published on: 7th Mar 2014
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By: Ian Mansfield
Ericsson and Facebook have announced the creation of a joint innovation lab supporting the Internet.org initiative. The Innovation Lab an Ericsson Facebook collaboration will provide an environment and expertise for optimizing applications networks devices and services for the next five billion Internet users.
Expected to open in the second half of 2014 on Facebook's campus in Menlo Park, California, the new lab will tackle the most critical aspects of the Internet.org goal to make Internet access available to all.
The lab will help remove one of the key physical barriers that exist for bringing the Internet to everyone. Developers today typically only have access to the network environment of their physical location. With consumers today operating in different network environments (2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi) on multiple mobile operating systems and a wide range of devices, the complexity involved for developers can be overwhelming.
"With this lab, developers will be able to simulate network conditions typically found in new markets, giving them an environment to test and optimize their applications under a number of different scenarios," said Jay Parikh, Vice President of Infrastructure Engineering at Facebook.
The joint innovation lab will facilitate multiple network environments for testing and optimization, all in one location.
Announced in August 2013, Internet.org was formed with the goal to make Internet access available to the two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected, and to bring the same opportunities to everyone that the connected third of the world has today.