Facebook, Ericsson and XL Axiata innovate to improve network performance for better app coverage and experience in Indonesia

Press release
Oct 13, 2014 05:00 (GMT +00:00)
  • Internet.org project correlates simulated Facebook application use cases using a test agent with Ericsson network insights to drive up to 70 percent network performance for app coverage improvement on XL Axiata network
  • New White Paper chronicles joint research, testing and optimization undertaken
  • Findings delivered by Facebook, Ericsson and XL Axiata executives at mobile efficiency Developer Workshop at an Internet.org event hosted by Facebook in Indonesia

As part of Internet.org's mission to bring affordable internet access to the two-thirds of the world not yet connected, Facebook and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), in conjunction with XL Axiata, have created a new methodology to measure and improve end-to-end network performance using simulated Facebook application use cases. Network-wide optimization implemented through the joint project delivered up to 70 percent improvement in app coverage.  

Chris Daniels, Vice President, Internet.org, Facebook says: "As part of Internet.org's efforts to connect the two thirds of the world's population that is not yet connected, Facebook is committed to working with partners to develop innovative tools and share learnings across the industry. With the methodology set forth in this white paper, we have a model for improving network performance that can be applied globally by mobile network operators. This will help ensure we have more efficient use of existing network capacity and resources, which is key to delivering on our mission to close the connectivity gap."

In Indonesia, 75 percent of users are on 2G GSM/EDGE networks, yet the country has the fourth-largest Facebook user base in the world. The changing market realities in the country are reflected in XL Axiata's network, where, in 2013, data traffic rose by 142 percent. More than half of the operator's 62.9 million subscribers are data users and a majority of those use Facebook, according to XL Axiata estimates.

Hasnul Suhaimi, Chief Executive Officer XL Axiata says: "We are very pleased to collaborate with Ericsson and Facebook as part of XL's commitment to deliver a consistently better user experience end-to-end, particularly in using data services. Recently the use of data services in Indonesia has increased significantly and is expected to continue into the future. We believe this is the first time that an operator, network technology provider and application provider have cooperated on such a project. XL is proud to be selected by Facebook as operator partner in Indonesia. We believe app coverage is essential and correlating Facebook application use cases with network-wide statistics has proven to be an innovative and efficient way to detect and address network optimization opportunities."

Working with XL Axiata, Facebook and Ericsson created a new methodology to measure and improve end-to-end network performance. The joint project developed a framework for evaluating user key performance indicators (KPI) based on simulated Facebook application use cases using a test agent and correlated these KPIs with network statistics. Through this process, user-impacting issues were identified and addressed throughout the network. The resultant optimizations improved app coverage by up to 70 percent:

  • Number of connections completed within three seconds improved up to 70 percent
  • Time to content improved up to 70 percent
  • Upload time improved up to 50 percent

Johan Wibergh, Executive Vice President and Head of Segment Networks, Ericsson says:  "Mobility is transforming the way people live and the way businesses operate so Ericsson's vision of a Networked Society, where every person and every industry is empowered to reach their full potential, is very much in synch with the goals of Internet.org. Ericsson's latest joint project with Facebook, in cooperation with our customer XL Axiata, has raised the bar in terms of understanding, measuring and improving app coverage -- network performance from the user perspective."

On October 13, Facebook is hosting an Internet.org event, a mobile efficiency Developer Workshop at the Four Seasons hotel in Jakarta. Executives from Facebook, Ericsson and XL Axiata will share findings from the project and the resultant White Paper with the audience of application developers and news media.

Facebook and Ericsson are among the founding members of internet.org. The companies have also announced the creation of a joint innovation lab supporting the Internet.org initiative. The Internet.org Innovation Lab, an Ericsson-Facebook collaboration, currently under development at Facebook's Menlo Park campus, will provide an environment and expertise for optimizing applications, networks, and services for the next five billion Internet users.


White Paper:  Measuring and improving network performance - an analysis of network and application research, testing and optimization (Internet.org)

Ericsson and Facebook create Innovation Lab for Internet.org

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