To bring internet access to remote parts of Africa, Facebook planning to launch satellite

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As said by the social network’s founder, Facebook has planned to take-off a satellite to offer internet access to remote areas of Africa.

Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged as part of the firm’s free mobile data scheme Internet.org, the satellite was under manufacture and would be all set for take-off into space in 2016.

Mr Zuckerberg said in a post: “Connectivity changes lives and communities. We’re working to connect the entire world with each other – even if that makes us to look beyond our planet.”

With the company testing solar-powered drones which are able to ray internet signal from the skies above the UK, the project symbols the next step in the initiative Internet.org.

But Internet.org, which aims to get the entire planet online, has come under fire from digital rights groups in nations Uganda, Indonesia and Ecuador over net-neutrality concerns.

As said by Mr Zuckerberg, he wishes to “connect millions of people” from hard-to-reach areas as Facebook is developing the satellite with French firm Eutelsat.

Facebook has been exploring ways to use aircraft and satellites to ray internet access down to people from the sky, over the last year.

Mr Zuckerberg said: “I’m excited to announce our first project to deliver internet from space.

“Right now the AMOS-6 satellite is under construction and we will launch it in 2016 into a geostationary orbit that covers large parts of West, East and Southern Africa.

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