Facebook plans satellite ‘in 2016’

Facebook is to launch a satellite that will provide internet access to remote parts of Africa, the social network’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced.In partnership with French-based provider Eutelsat, Facebook hope the first satellite will be launched in 2016.”We’re going to keep working to connect the entire world — even if that means looking beyond our planet,” Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34451081Also see:Facebook to launch satellite to expand Internet access in Africa
Facebook Inc said it would launch a satellite in partnership with France’s Eutelsat Communications to bring Internet access to large parts of sub-Saharan Africa.The satellite, part of Facebook’s Internet.org platform to expand internet access mainly via mobile phones, is under construction and will be launched in 2016, the companies said on Monday.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/10/05/us-facebook-satellite-idUKKCN0RZ2KE20151005Facebook is going to start beaming Internet to Africa next year
Mark Zuckerberg has said he wants to help connect another billion people to the Internet. Now, he’s taking the next step along that path.Facebook said Monday that it has partnered with the French satellite company Eutelsat to provide wireless Internet access to sub-Saharan Africa. Starting in the second half of 2016, Facebook’s Internet.org initiative will pay to use up all the available bandwidth on Eutelsat’s AMOS-6 satellite, which will carry data from mobile users on the ground to the rest of the globe.

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