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Facebook readies African internet satellite launch

01 September 2016, 18:23 Thembisile Augustine Dzonzi and Loni Prinsloo

Lagos - Facebook will launch a satellite later this week to extend internet access to rural parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.

The satellite will “beam down connectivity,” the CEO said in a presentation on Wednesday in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital.

“We built these solar-powered drones that are basically like a cellphone tower in the sky. They can go over really remote rural locations and beam down connectivity to make sure networks spread and reach everyone.”

The US social media company opened its first Africa office in Johannesburg last year and agreed to a deal with Paris-based Eutelsat Communications SA to launch the satellite.

The move is intended to enable Facebook to add users in parts of the continent that don’t have internet access, increasing the company’s reach.

While internet-by-satellite is usually a costly option in the developing world, Zuckerberg said he planned to make accessing the network affordable.

“It’s not much good having the infrastructure if people cannot afford to use it,” he said.

Facebook had 84 million users in Sub-Saharan Africa at the end of July, compared with 1.7 billion worldwide. To overcome obstacles such as the lack of high-speed connectivity on the continent, the company rolled out products that can function on slower connections, including Facebook Lite.

- Bloomberg


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