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Facebook's Plea to Telecom Companies: Let's Work on 5G Together

  • Company needs faster networks as customers use more video
  • Mark Zuckerberg will make pitch at Mobile World Congress
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Facebook Inc. needs mobile phone data networks to work better and faster. So they’re asking telecommunications companies to partner with them and share designs, in an initiative that could accelerate the spread of 5G connectivity.

Facebook made the same pitch with data-center storage and networking equipment through its Open Compute project, ultimately allowing the company and its partners to save billions in infrastructure costs. The company’s focus is moving to telecommunications as it builds products for live-streaming video and virtual reality, which require fast, high-bandwidth connections.