Facebook to Use Israeli AMOS-6 satellite to Beam Internet to Africa

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Social media giant Facebook will help communities living in remote regions in Africa, in the sub-Saharan region access fast internet connectivity using an Israeli satellite.

Announcing the new development, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said he was partnering with Eutelsat, a European satellite operator, to connect millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa with internet.

Satellite networks are well suited to economically connect people in low to medium density population areas. The AMOS-6 satellite, built by the Israel Aerospace Industries, will be ready for launch next year, according Zuckerberg.


“We are going to work with local partners across the regions to help communities begin accessing internet services provided through the satellite,” said Mr Zuckerberg. Read more