In August 2013, a coalition of leading technology companies announced the launch of Internet.org, a global effort to make affordable Internet access available to the next 5 billion people. The founding partners were Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, and Samsung.
Three companies, Facebook, Qualcomm, and Ericsson, have collaborated on a new 70-page white paper on building efficient apps.
Internet.org is modeled on the successful Open Compute Project, “an industry-wide initiative that has lowered the costs of cloud computing by making hardware designs more efficient and innovative,” according to a press release from Facebook.
The new organization will focus on three challenges:
- Making access more affordable
- Using data more efficiently
- Helping businesses drive access
The first half of the white paper examines how Facebook has approached the problem of building more efficient technologies to connect over 1 billion users. There is information on data center infrastructure, tools that Facebook has developed for creating more efficient apps, and a discussion of how Facebook can be placed on every phone as a common platform.
In the second half of the paper, Qualcomm explains how they will meet the “1000x Challenge” – their goal of expanding wireless capacity by 1,000 times over the next ten years.
In the final offering of the white paper, Ericsson writes about improving mobile broadband networks, a necessity because of the rapid uptake of smartphones around the world.
This white paper is fairly technical, so it will interest programmers and information architects.
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