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Zain Group, BT, Airtel, Reliance Jio, TIM & Other Operators Join Facebook's Telecom Infra Project

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Telecom Infra Project, (TIP), an initiative co-founded by Facebook, Intel, Nokia, SK Telecom, Deutsche Telekom and others last year, has gathered more momentum with the addition of a number of leading operators recently, including Zain Group, Airtel, BT, Dish, Etisalat, Millicom, Nextel, Reliance Jio and TIM.

The primary aim of TIP which has more than 450 members is to bring mobile operators, infrastructure providers, system integrators, and other technology companies together to collaborate on the development of new technologies and reimagine traditional approaches to building and deploying telecom network infrastructure. TIP is exploring new approaches and technologies across four initial focus areas: access, backhaul, and core and management. 

Cavium, a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable secure and intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, wired and wireless networking has also joined the a year old project. Cavium said that it will contribute and support the design of a complete, production-ready hardware design for a single sector LTE 2T2R MIMO (64/128 user) for OpenCellular in the second half of 2017.

Scott Gegenheimer, CEO, Zain Group
It could be argued that scaling traditional telecom infrastructure to meet the ever-increasing demand for broadband data is not moving as fast as it needs to ensure customers receive the mobile experience they demand and deserve. Zain recognizes there isn’t a single solution for this, and that no one company can tackle the problem alone. 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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