Facebook is working with the French satellite operator, Eutelsat, to launch a satellite that will send Internet connectivity to 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The satellite is set to launch next year with service starting in the second half of 2016.
The satellite named Amos-6 will be used to provide free Internet access in rural areas of Africa.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted that “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.”
The project is part of Facebook’s Internet.org initiative aimed at connecting more people around world. Chris Daniels, VP of Internet.org, said in a statement “Facebook’s mission is to connect the world and we believe that satellites will play an important role in addressing the significant barriers that exist in connecting the people of Africa.”