Six technology companies, many of them giants in mobile, have launched a project which they plan to use in connecting two thirds of the world that world’s access data show are not connected to the internet at this time. A Facebook initiative, the Internet For All project is being backed by Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung.
The core implementation strategy is hinged on making access affordable, using data more efficiently, and helping businesses drive access and the idea is initiated by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook has consistently been working on making its services less data intensive to accommodate the huge majority of the world internet population who do not have access to broadband. The Internet For All initiative builds on this core belief.
As I wrote many months back, data compression is the future. Facebook believes it. Opera does. Nokia does. Even almighty Google is now toying with it. Wireless bandwidth is expensive and companies like Facebook understand this. here is a statement from the initiative’s promotional materials:
‘Transmitting data, even a text message or a simple web page, requires bandwidth, something that’s scarce in many parts of the world. Partners will invest in tools and software to improve data compression capabilities and make data networks and services run more efficiently’.
There you go, Facebook and these other mobile giants agree with my position that data compression is the right thing to do going forward.