Facebook has stated that it would be prepared to pair up with France’s Eutelsat Communications in order to instigate a satellite launch that will equip many regions of sub-Saharan Africa with internet access.
The satellite, entitled AMOS-6, is currently under construction and is said to be launched sometime this year. It forms part of Facebook’s Internet.org platform aimed at further developing mobile phone internet access.
According to Mark Zuckerburg, the satellite is said to provide coverage for major parts of Eastern, Western and Southern.
“In order to connect people living in remote regions, traditional connectivity infrastructure is often difficult and ineffective, so we need to invent new technologies.” – Mark Zuckerburg.
The Internet.com org platform provides cost-free access to simple web services, which places focus on job-listings, information regarding agriculture, healthcare and education opportunities, and Facebook’s social network and communication services.
Research conducted by the United Nations Broadband Commission reported that more than 50% of the world’s population still doesn’t have internet access, and there is a continuing decline in growth in the number of people with internet access.
Major African markets including Nigeria and Kenya make up nearly 20 million Facebook users – statistics show that the majority uses mobile devices in order to log in to their profiles.
The first African office was opened in Johannesburg, South Africa earlier this year.