Wednesday 21 October 2015

Facebook plans to bringfree internet to Africa

Facebook has been one of the forerunners
promoting Internet for All . This is an effort
to accelerate the rate of connectivity by
addressing the various barriers keeping
people from getting online. It is an initiative
for bringing internet to remote parts of the
world. Following in the footsteps of Google
with the Loon project, Facebook has just
partnered with Eutelsat to provide internet
access for up to 14 countries in Sub-Saharan
Africa using satellite technology.
In a press release , French communications
firm Eutelsat said the two companies will
work with Spacecom, to utilise the
broadband payload on the future AMOS-6
satellite. This will be deployed in 2016,
and Facebook plans to work with local
partners across Africa to deliver these
services to rural areas.
In the words on Mark Zukerberg:
I’m excited to announce our
first project to deliver internet
from space. As part of our efforts to
connect the world, we’re
partnering with Eutelsat to
launch a satellite into orbit
that will connect millions of
Over the last year Facebook
has been exploring ways to
use aircraft and satellites to
beam internet access down
into communities from the
sky. To connect people living
in remote regions, traditional
connectivity infrastructure is
often difficult and inefficient,
so we need to invent new
As part of our collaboration
with Eutelsat, a new satellite
called AMOS-6 is going to
provide internet coverage to
large parts of Sub-Saharan
Africa. The AMOS-6 satellite
is under construction now and
will launch in 2016 into a
geostationary orbit that will
cover large parts of West,
East and Southern Africa.
We’re going to work with local
partners across these regions
to help communities begin
accessing internet services
provided through satellite.
This is just one of the
innovations we’re working on
to achieve our mission with Connectivity
changes lives and
communities. We’re going to
keep working to connect the
entire world — even if that
means looking beyond our

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