Kevin Lo Joins Facebook

Indicating a clear strategy to gear up its fiber optic network deployment, the social media giant Facebook has hired one of the co-founders of Google Fiber, Kevin Lo. He joined as the director of Infrastructure Connectivity and Investments to help lead Facebook’s partnerships such as Terragraph, a project to bring Wi-Fi to dense urban areas and Facebook’s partnership with Microsoft to build a fiber optic cable.

Facebook in collaboration with Microsoft is working together to speed up its high-speed internet projects by inviting more brains to its internet connectivity. Facebook and Microsoft in partnership with Telefonica is also building one of the latest tran-Atlantic submarine fiber optic cable networks to meet growing data transfer requirements between American and European countries.

Lo later confirmed his appointment on his Facebook Page, saying that he wants to bring on-board over four billion people who lag behind in terms of using high-speed internet services. However, Lo would not look after the Free Basics, Facebook’s initiative for developing countries for cheaper, faster access to internet for those who can’t access it otherwise.
The report also mentioned that Facebook was not planning to become an internet service provider like Google Fibre.

Lo joined Google in 2010 and co-founded the company’s Fibre project, along with managing its product, business, and operations. He left the company in 2015, shortly before its reorganisation and new name in August 2015.

In April, Facebook hired Google’s Regina Dugan who ran the company’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division. Facebook is concentrating more on its own network that will give the company more control over its own data. Having own network reduces its dependency over other operators, which would help also to reduce overall operational expenses.

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