Facebook In Africa: It Is Launching Its Internet-Satellite Service This Week

While African tech enthusiasts are still excited about Mark Zuckerberg’s surprise visit to the continent, specifically Nigeria, the social media giant is set to launch its internet access services in Africa. This is part of the strategy of Facebook in Africa to connect millions across the continent.

Here is what Mark said about it according to the Bloomberg report:

“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 initial announcement was made by Mark Zuckerberg in October 2015 in this post. The Facebook CEO called it their first project to deliver internet from space. The project is being executed in partnership with Eutelsat. It is part of Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet.org project to connect the world. Eutelsat and Facebook will launch a satellite into orbit that Mark says “will connect millions of people”.

Facebook in Africa - Internet Satellite Service

Image Credit: Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg shared more details about the satellite that will be launched, read below:

“As part of our collaboration with Eutelsat, 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. We’re going to work with local partners across these regions to help communities begin accessing internet services provided through satellite.”

Mark Zuckerberg has lately been increasingly amplifying the efforts of Facebook in Africa. Mark invested in Iyin Aboyeji’s talent accelerator through his foundation. To further boost access to online services such as Facebook in Africa, it also launched Free Basics in Nigeria in partnership with Airtel. Just before that, the social media giant hired Chuwkuemeka Afigbo an ex-Googler to further deepen the partnerships of Facebook in Africa. His job is to make the platform more relevant to the daily lives of millions of is users around the world. He will do this by working with different content partners and developers in Middle East and Africa.

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Originally published at Techvoize.