Facebook to bring free Internet to Africa with satellites2015-10-06 02:02 by Daniela
Tags: Facebook, satellite, Internet
As part of its initiative to bring Internet access to regions of the world that lack it, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced a partnership with French satellite operator Eutelsat Communications. The two companies will try to provide more people in Africa with Internet by creating a system employing satellites, Internet gateways and terminals.
The project is expected to launch in the second half of 2016, and will use Eutelsat's AMOS-6 geostationary satellite to beam Internet connectivity to more than 14 countries across West, East and Southern Africa. The two companies will offer separate internet services in the region and aim to provide Internet access directly to individual users instead of providing a backbone connection to commercial internet service providers.
"Over the last year Facebook has been exploring ways to use aircraft and satellites to beam Internet access down into communities from the sky,” Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook today. "To connect people living in remote regions, traditional connectivity infrastructure is often difficult and inefficient, so we need to invent new technologies."
Through its Internet.org initiative, the social network has already connected millions of people in developing countries to the Internet.
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