[IRTalk] Facebook to launch Africa satellite this week | TechCentral

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Thu Sep 1 13:26:29 SAST 2016

Facebook will launch a satellite later this week to extend Internet access
to rural parts of sub-Saharan Africa, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.

The satellite will “beam down connectivity”, the CEO said in a presentation
on Wednesday in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital.

“We built these solar-powered drones that are basically like a cellphone
tower in the sky. They can go over really remote rural locations and beam
down connectivity to make sure networks spread and reach everyone.”

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