Facebook to use Israeli-built satellite to bring Internet access to Africa

A sketch of the Israeli-built satellite that Facebook will use to bring Internet access to Africa. Credit: Facebook.

(JNS.org) Facebook has announced plans to use an Israeli-built satellite to bring Internet access to impoverished regions of sub-Saharan Africa. 

“I’m excited to announce our first project to deliver Internet from space. As part of our Internet.org efforts to connect the world, we’re partnering with Eutelsat to launch a satellite into orbit that will connect millions of people,” Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.

“As part of our collaboration with Eutelsat, a new satellite called AMOS-6 is going to provide Internet coverage to large parts of sub-Saharan Africa,” he added.

The AMOS-6 satellite, which is being built by Israel Aerospace Industries, is expected to launch in 2016 into a geostationary orbit and will large parts of western, eastern, and southern Africa.

“We’re going to work with local partners across these regions to help communities begin accessing Internet services provided through satellite,” Zuckerberg said. 

Posted on October 7, 2015 .