Ericsson and Facebook create innovation lab

Ericsson and Facebook today announced the creation of a joint innovation lab supporting the Internet.org initiative.

The Internet.org Innovation Lab, an Ericsson-Facebook collaboration, will provide an environment and expertise for optimizing applications, networks, devices and services for the next five billion Internet users.

Expected to open in the second half of 2014 on Facebook’s campus in Menlo Park, California, the new lab will tackle the most critical aspects of the Internet.org goal to make Internet access available to all.

Based on Ericsson Device and Application Verification service capabilities and the company’s technology leadership in mobile networks, Ericsson will provide Facebook and application developers the ability to simulate different network environments from around the world. This will allow them to develop and test mobile applications and services.

“With this lab, developers will be able to simulate network conditions typically found in new markets, giving them an environment to test and optimize their applications under a number of different scenarios,” said Jay Parikh, vice president, Infrastructure Engineering, Facebook.

“This is a unique capability that Ericsson brings to the table and we are happy they have taken a leadership position with us in this initiative,” added Parikh.

The lab will help remove one of the key physical barriers that exist for bringing the Internet to everyone. The joint innovation lab will facilitate multiple network environments for testing and optimization, all in one location.

“The goals of internet.org are very much aligned with our long-standing ideal that communications is a basic human need,” said Johan Wibergh, executive vice president and Ericsson’s head of Business Unit Networks.

“The creation of the lab will provide a unique environment for testing and ultimately optimizing applications regardless of network, device or operating system. The collaboration with app developers will provide Ericsson with invaluable understanding of their requirements on our networks, which we can apply to ensure the continued development of the best performing networks globally,” added Wibergh.

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