Facebook next year will be to Africa via satellite Internet
As Internet access services provided to developing countries in the latest move, Facebook announced on Monday that France satellite company Eutelsat Communications cooperative, provides Internet services to the African population.
The two companies said from 2016 to Africa beginning in the second half by AMOS-6 provide free Internet service to residents. Eutelsat Communications, the satellite can take advantage of the current equipment that provides user-level Internet access services, so as to ensure that the residents of the most remote parts of Africa to the Internet.
For this project, Eutelsat Communications will set up a new company in London, responsible for the relevant work. Facebook says, will partner with local companies in Africa to help provide Internet service.
Facebook Vice President of Internet.org project kelisi·danniersi (Chris Daniels), said: “Facebook’s mission is to connect the world. We believe that in addressing the barriers on connect Africa, the satellite will play an important role. We look forward to working in cooperation with Eutelsat Communications, new ideas of study on the use of satellite, thereby connecting Africans in a more effective manner. ”
Facebook will provide satellite Internet access service through the Internet.org. Internet.org aims to build a global Internet access service, but recently was blamed for net neutrality issues, many companies have this service is no longer supported.
Facebook spokeswoman said the company’s mission is to raise the number of Internet users. She said: “it’s not Internet.org intended. Facebook’s mission is to make the world more open and interoperable interconnect Internet.org is the extension of this mission. ”
Internet.org project since 2 years ago, Facebook has with carriers, technology giants such as Samsung Electronics, Qualcomm and Ericsson in Asia, 19 countries in Latin America and Africa launched Internet.org services. Facebook says Internet.org network access services have been provided to about 9 million people.