Facebook in partnership with French communication firm Eutelsat has announced that together they would be providing internet access to 14 countries in Africa via satellite technologies.
The project that would be based on the “entire broadband payload” structured on the future AMOS-6 SATELLITE would beam internet access to 14 African countries using the AMOS-6 satellite billed to go live later this year.
“ 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. We are looking forward to partnering with Eutelsat on this project and investigating new ways to use satellites to connect people in the most remote areas of the world more efficiently,” Facebook’s VP of Internet.org Chris Daniels said concerning the partnership, which continues the company’s Internet.org initiative.
Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat Chairman and CEO, also noted his company’s excitement towards stepping up Internet connectivity in Africa: “We are excited by this opportunity to accelerate the deployment of our broadband strategy and to partner with Facebook on a new initiative to provide Internet access services in Africa. Eutelsat’s strong track record in operating High Throughput Satellite systems will ensure that we can deliver accessible and robust Internet solutions that get more users online and part of the Information Society.” .
The initiative would commence later part of 2016, with a promise of internet broadcasting going beyond the current limits.
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