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Facebook to Launch Satellite in 2016

By piranha

8th October 2015

Facebook are always looking for new and innovative ways to get people using the social media site. They have recently announced that they plan to launch a satellite that will provide users in Africa with access to the internet.

They have teamed up with French-based provider Eutelsat, a company which specialises in satellite operation in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Together they hope to be able to provide some of the most remote areas of the world with an internet connection.

In a post on his Facebook page, Mark Zuckerberg said; “I’m excited to announce our first project to deliver internet from space. Over the last year Facebook has been exploring ways to use aircraft and satellites to beam internet access down into communities from the sky. To connect people living in remote regions, traditional connectivity infrastructure is often difficult and inefficient, so we need to invent new technologies.”

“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.”

“Connectivity changes lives and communities. We’re going to keep working to connect the entire world – even if that means looking beyond our planet.”

The satellite is part of Facebook’s Internet.org project, which aims to bring technology leaders, charities and communities together to connect the world. The company claims that two thirds of the population are living without internet access, which is something that they want to change.

Internet.org has already received criticism from many businesses, especially those in India. They claim that Facebook’s plans give them and their partners an unfair advantage over other companies in the internet development market.

2016 is set to be a big year for the company. At the moment, there are 1.49 billion people actively using the platform each month, making it the most popular social media network in the world. If the satellite plans go ahead next year, there is no doubt that the number of people using Facebook will increase even more!

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