Facebook, Eutelsat to deliver Internet from space in Sub-Saharan Africa
Facebook has announced its partnership with Eutelsat to launch a satellite into orbit that will connect millions of people in Sub-Saharan Africa.
According to Facebook, part of the collaboration include the development of 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.
To connect people living in remote regions where traditional connectivity infrastructure is often difficult and inefficient, Facebook has over the last year, been exploring ways to use aircraft and satellites to beam internet access down into communities from the sky.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook says “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 Internet.org. Connectivity changes lives and communities. We’re going to keep working to connect the entire world –even if that means looking beyond our planet.”