Facebook has just reached an agreement with Eutelsat, a French operator of an Internet satellite, and they plan to share Internet connexion to various parts of Africa.
Through the initiative of Facebook’s Internet.org, the company provides access to multiple services such as weather, news, health and Facebook itself for free. However, most current connections coming through fixed and mobile telecom networks, which offer coverage especially in areas with small population.
Starting with the second half of 2016, Facebook and Eutelsat will use the AMOS-6 satellite in order to provide direct Internet connexion to smartphones and other devices in parts of eastern, western and southern Africa. In total, 14 countries will receive the service.
In the past, Facebook has also experimenting with drones in their attempt to provide Internet access in less accessible areas.