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.

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“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