Facebook Teams Up with Ericsson to Expand Internet Reach

Helping everyone get online has a lot of economic implications

Facebook and Ericsson have announced that they are teaming up to build an “Innovation Lab” at Facebook’s campus over in California.

During the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the two said that they were looking to expand Internet reach to all the people in the world. The lab is planned to be a part of Internet.org, an initiative that already seeks to achieve the same goal, CNET reports.

While Facebook may be a social network, the company has gotten involved in a lot of projects in recent years, including one that drives for a reform of immigration laws, as well as this one that wants to connect the world.

“This is a unique opportunity that Ericsson brings to the table and we are happy they have taken a leadership position with us in this initiative,” said Jay Parikh, vice president of infrastructure engineering at Facebook.

While it’s clear why Facebook got involved in this partnership, it also makes sense for Ericsson, since the company has always dreamt of a “connected society.”

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