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Facebook is also working on a streamlined application called Facebook For Every Phone, enabling the service to be received on mobile phones other than smartphones, such as feature phones. The app hands off much of the processing to the server and reuses cached content frequently.
Qualcomm's projects include what it describes as the 1000X Challenge, an effort to build the technologies needed to support the level of traffic expected within a decade, which is estimated to be 1000 times greater than today's.
Strategies that Qualcomm is employing include bonding together separate bands in order to improve capacity and data speeds, LTE -Broadcast technology for multicasting video and data when the same content is being viewed by many people in the same location, LTE-Direct for first responder device-to-device communication that bypasses a potentially overloaded or nonworking cell network, and faster 802.11 ac and ad WiFi technologies.
Roger Kay, an analyst with Endpoint Technologies Associates, told NewsFactor that although worldwide connectivity was a laudable goal, the effort seemed to be "seeing the world through first-world lenses," in that Internet connectivity is not high on the list of priorities in some of the least developed parts of the world.