Facebook is planning to launch a satellite, which will offer internet access to some parts of Africa. Facebook has planned to give internet access to the under developed regions of the world and this new announcement from Facebook shows the seriousness of the company towards their plan.
The social network giant has partnered with the French based firm Eutelsat to launch the satellite, which will give free internet to the African people. The company is hoping to launch first satellite in 2016. According to the reports of New York Times, the social media giant and Eutelsat will take the satellite on lease from Israeli company Spacecom.
This project is a part of Internet.org project of Facebook. The Internet.org project has been finding different ways to provide internet to the places that are hard to reach. This project will provide internet access through this satellite to 14 African countries including Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Tanzania.
Chris Daniels, the Vice President of Internet.org said, “Facebook’s mission is to connect the world, we believe that satellites will play an important role in addressing the significant barriers that exist in connecting the people of Africa.”
Internet.org project from Facebook has been under fierce criticism, as some people think that Facebook is locking people to its social media by expanding its reach or some thinks that Facebook has added advantages. But these criticisms are not affecting growth of Internet.org.
Facebook’s Founder Mark Zuckerberg said that the company is hoping that the satellite will start its operation in second half of 2016.