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Facebook TIP’s latest target for disruption and huge scale is fiber transport

Facebook’s Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is just one aspect of a general, if slow, process of disintegration in the traditional mobile network equipment market. But it is certainly the most impactful, thanks to the high profile and deep funds of its initiator, which aims to remake this closed market in the image of the webscale sector; and the growing support of operators. There are other open source hardware and, of course, software projects in the mobile network world, other attempts to commoditize base stations and make them as easy to deploy as WiFi routers. But TIP is the one to which mobile operators are moving, however reluctantly – because they know they will just be swapping the lock-in of Ericsson,…

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