After a year of research, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced plans to help bring wireless Internet to large areas in sub-Saharan Africa, The Guardian reports.
The CEO and philanthropist made the announcement on Monday on his Facebook page.
Partnering with French satellite company Eutelsat and his charitable initiative Internet.org, Zuckerberg will help bring web access to mobile users from space via a satellite named AMOS-6. The signal is expected to reach parts of West, East, and Southern Africa.
The Atlanta Black Star reports plans for internet access just might be what the area needs. Mobile internet usage is drastically low, with only 2 out of 5 people in sub-Saharan Africa predicted to have Internet access by 2020.
Zuckerberg’s Internet.org program helps provide free health information, education, and financial help to 19 countries. In addition to providing free basic online services, the program also gives developers assistance regarding how their apps will work in different areas of the world.
Zuckerberg’s satellite will launch in 2016.
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