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The Wall Street Journal: Facebook unveils high-speed optical network technology it will share

Facebook Inc. has created a high-speed, long-distance networking system it plans to share with other companies, in the social network’s latest push to spur technological advances and drive down hardware prices.

The company, which has already shared designs for server systems and data switching gear, on Tuesday disclosed details of its first device designed to link geographically dispersed data centers using fiber-optic cables.

Facebook FB, -1.14% plans to encourage hardware companies to sell the device, dubbed Voyager, and other companies to write software to manage it.

Facebook, like other big web companies, is grappling with steady growth in online video and other applications that require faster communications.

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