Remember Internet.org? The global partnership formed by some of the biggest names in technology like Ericsson, MediaTek, Opera, Nokia and Qualcomm and headed by Facebook was launched last month in a larger-than-life quest to bring the whole world online. The partnership has now released a whitepaper by Facebook, Ericsson and Qualcomm on how efficiency will play a huge role in its goal.
The 70-page whitepaper report fleshes out plans and steps that the organisation is going to take in order to make data more efficient. The group estimates that currently, data delivery is 100 times too expensive in order to make Internet.org a success and it hopes to change this within the next decade.
Efficiency is key
Facebook has prescribed recommendations to telecom companies around the world in the whitepaper on how to build efficient, cheap and flexible infrastructure as well as add new features to their services. The paper talks about some really cool tools in order to take on the challenge with a reduced amount of data consumed. One of them is Air Traffic Control, a tool that focuses on testing software that uses Wi-Fi to simulate different mobile networks and congestion systems. This tool lets Facebook test how its application behaves in countries like India.
Then there is HipHop for PHP and thje HipHop virtual machine that allows existing servers to accommodate 500 percent more traffic than before. The paper also spoke about Pre-fetching and WebP. Facebook, as you would know, is very stringent about image quality when it is at odds with data consumption. It lets images be cached and pre-fetched using Wi-Fi. It also goes on to use WebP image standard for 20 percent savings on bandwidth.
The paper also turns to Qualcomm and Ericsson to display how efficiency will need to work in order to meet data demand. Qualcomm estimates that demand for data will double each year in the next decade, increasing a 1000 fold in the next 10 years compared to today. The demand for this data will need to be met and the company has a few initiatives in mind. Some of these include carrier aggregation, LTE broadcast, LTE direct, DSRC and more.
You can read the trio’s detailed report on how Internet.org’s efficiency plan is going to change the world by putting everyone online, on Facebook here.