The Internet is something many of us take for granted and struggle to cope without. It provides access to a wealth of knowledge…. and entertainment. It allows people to research products, services and businesses – including dental practices.
Currently only 20 percent of the population in Africa is able to connect to the Internet. Facebook hope to change these statistics with a new project.
Facebook are partnering with Eutelsat (French satellite communications provider) to provide Internet access to remote parts of Africa.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post, “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.”
The aim is to provide Internet access to West, East and Southern parts of Africa that do not have access. They will be using Eutelsat’s new AMOS-6 geostationary satellite to beam the Internet down to these areas. Satellite Internet provides a much-needed solution for these areas that are unable to receive mobile or fixed line broadband.
The satellite is thought to be fully constructed and launched in 2016. However Facebook are not the only ones trying to provide Internet access to remote parts of the world. Google has its own project – Project Loon – which use balloons to beam Internet down from the stratosphere.