Facebook launches satellite to give Africa Internet Access by mid-2016.
Facebook informed on Monday that it cooperates with a French satellite company in order to make the Internet available for Africa.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has often talked about the importance of the Internet and about its possibility of helping people get rid of poverty. At a recent United Nations conference, he also discussed about satellites, drones and lasers as technologies meant to give people a chance of getting connected to the online world.
Facebook seeks to provide the African people a low-cost Internet.org wireless system. For that, it will cooperate with a French satellite company called Eutelsat. As part of an agreement, these two companies will become partners with a satellite manufacturer called Spacecom. The new satellite will be entitled AMOS-6.
The two companies announced that western, eastern and southern Africa are going to benefit from Internet access by mid-2016.
“Facebook’s mission is to connect the world and we believe that satellites will play an important role in addressing the significant barriers that exist in connecting the people of Africa,” declared Chris Daniels, member of Internet.org.
Facebook’s cooperation with Eutelsat comes in a period when many tech companies are highly competing in order to offer billions of “offline” people from Latin America, Asia and Africa the possibility to get an Internet connection.
For example, the Indian Government associated with Google in order to provide free Wireless connection in almost 400 crowded railway stations.
The reason why Africa is so hunted is that users there didn’t have any other form of Internet connection until now, so they will move directly to wireless connection. According to some statistics made by the GSM Association, 2 out of 5 users in Africa will benefit from an Internet connection by 2020.
In order to facilitate the use of an Internet connection, Facebook also cooperates with telecom companies from 17 countries.
Although the company selflessly promotes its service as enabling people worldwide to connect and share information, this satellite also brings benefits for the company, as more users will sign up to the social network.
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