Facebook hires former Google Fibre chief

Kevin Lo joins Facebook as director of infrastructure connectivity and investments

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Facebook hires former Google Fibre chief Facebook will not become an Internet Service Provider, but aims to offer a future service through wireless technologies and through fibre optic cables (Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  June 26, 2016

Social networking giant Facebook has revealed it has hired Kevin Lo, the former general manager for Google Fibre, as its new director of infrastructure connectivity and investments.

The appointment shows Facebook is expanding its Internet connectivity plans as Lo will work with Facebook's external partnerships, such as the fibre-optic cable deal Facebook made with Microsoft, which aims to provide stronger Internet connectivity to densely populated urban areas.

According to Recode, Lo will not be responsible for Facebook's Free Basics app, which offers free data use for a limited number of apps through deals made with telecom companies.

In a statement, Facebook said:

"We're excited to have Kevin join Facebook. Kevin will help shape our strategy and broader framework for Facebook's infrastructure connectivity investments with partners. He will work alongside Facebook's infrastructure and connectivity teams to help build an active partner ecosystem and accelerate the adoption of new technologies that can drastically change the economics of deploying internet infrastructure."

Unlike the Google Fibre project, Facebook will not become an Internet Service Provider, but aims to offer a future service through wireless technologies and through fibre optic cables.

Lo announced his newly appointed position via Facebook:

"Over 4B people are not online, and the majority who do use the Internet live on '2G' speeds. The Internet can provide new opportunities for engagement, education and economic growth. However, it's become increasingly clear that we're leaving a lot of folks behind.

"So I'm excited to let you know I'm joining Facebook this month as Director of Infrastructure Connectivity and Investments. I'll help shape our strategy and investments with partners to build wireless technologies and ecosystems that improve global connectivity."

Lo will report to Jason Taylor, Facebook's VP for infrastructure.

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