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Facebook whitepaper details plans for worldwide Internet access

Less than a month after launching, Facebook has released a 70-page whitepaper that goes into more detail about how it plans to help connect the globe to the web.

Written in partnership with Qualcomm and Ericsson, the paper highlights how Facebook is working to connect more than a billion users while using less data and power.

"As founding members of, we believe it's possible to build infrastructure that will sustainably provide free access to basic Internet services in a way that enables everyone with a phone to connect to the Internet," the company said.

In August, Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, and Samsung all pledged to develop joint projects in an effort to bring the world online. Still in its early stages, will focus on the three key challenges in developing countries: making access affordable, using data more efficiently, and helping businesses drive access.

The effort, Facebook said, will require two vital innovations — lowering the underlying costs of delivering data, and using less data by developing more efficient apps.

"If the industry can achieve a 10x improvement in each of these areas ... then it becomes economically reasonable to offer free basic services to those who cannot afford them, and to begin sustainably delivering on the promise of connectivity as a human right," the whitepaper says.

Facebook concentrated on the technologies expects to deploy, including Air Traffic Control (control all aspects of connection), Hip Hop (run more traffic on fewer servers), WebP (new image format developed by Google), and Carrier Aggregation and Supplemental Downlink (more capacity and faster data speeds).

Technology like better battery life, "Facebook for every phone," optimised datacentre infrastructure, and other features are detailed in the whitepaper.

"Making affordable Internet access a reality for the next 5 billion people depends on the industry achieving a dramatic improvement in the overall efficiency of delivering data," the document says. "Over the next decade, we believe this is a realistic prospect."