Facebook has recently announced several new partnerships, including one with Viasat. The goal of the partnership with Viasat is to help expand their broadband while allowing the deployment for more WiFi hotspots. Nobody is quite sure as to why Facebook has an investment in hotspots since they have not readily disclosed this information, but it is very clear that they have an important role that will be associated with these hotspot deployments in the near future.
- Facebook is committed to its goal of bringing more people online and to do this it has announced partnerships it is having with several companies.
- A spokeperson for Facebook says this is a bet Facebook is taking and the partnership shows that open access principles are effective for bringing more unconnected people online.
- Facebook is also launching its Express Wifi service in South Africa in partnership with a telco, CellC, and in the Phillipines in partnership with telco Globe.
“On the sidelines of the MWC Barcelona trade show event, Facebook said it has partnered with Telefonica, IDB Invest, and Development Bank of Latin America to launch Internet para Todos (IpT) Peru, which aims to develop an open access wholesale rural mobile infrastructure operator in Latin America.”