There was a spate of announcements on Monday coming out of Mobile World Congress, about how Google, Facebook and their webscale peers are helping telcos improve their infrastructure. Sometimes, companies are just flat-out building stuff for/with carriers, such as backhaul networks and software-defined networking platforms, and other times they’re leading consortia to help improve carrier infrastructure at scale. This is not a space I have been following too closely, so I’ll try not to speculate too much about what it all means.
What I assume, though, is that aside from simply adding new smartphone users and helping users take advantage of more parts of their services, web companies building out wireless infrastructure are also motivated by the Internet of Things and the impending rollback of Net Neutrality.
On the tech side, they want to ensure that wireless networks can handle new features such as pervasive video, AR/VR and whatever other higher-bandwidth services come down the pike. On the business side, these companies need to ensure they’re not held hostage by carriers on legacy smartphone platforms, or as users fire up more devices that require a cellular connection.
Here are the stories that caught my eye. :
If you have insights or ideas on this topic, I’d love to hear them.