Facebook and another of companies are working on bringing the Internet to the whole of our planet and now the social network has announced that it plans to use satellites to bring free Internet to Africa.
The company has teamed up with French satellite company Eutelsat Communications and the plan is to deliver free Internet to 14 countries in Africa.
Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) and Facebook today announce they are partnering on a new initiative that will leverage satellite technologies to get more Africans online. Under a multi-year agreement with Spacecom, the two companies will utilise the entire broadband payload on the future AMOS-6 satellite and will build a dedicated system comprising satellite capacity, gateways and terminals. In providing reach to large parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, Eutelsat and Facebook will each be equipped to pursue their ambition to accelerate data connectivity for the many users deprived of the economic and social benefits of the Internet.
The two companies plan to launch this new Internet service in the second half of next year and it will cover parts of western, eastern and southern Africa, you can find out more details at the link below.