Facebook to Launch Satellite in 2016
Facebook to Launch Satellite in 2016
Mark Zuckerberg, the founding father of social network has declared that Facebook is going to launch a satellite that will provide internet access to remote parts of the Africa.
Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post, we are going to connect with the whole world, even if that means looking beyond our planet. This satellite will be launched to expand internet access generally via mobile phones and is additionally the part of the Facebook’s internet.org platform.
In the last month, the United Nations Broadband Commission said that more than half the world’s population is still offline and the growth in the number of people with internet access is slowing. So to increase the growth with internet access Facebook is going to launch this satellite.
The project has come under fierce criticism in some countries. Because in some areas, especially India, businesses reacted angrily to the plans, saying it gave Facebook and its partners are a one side advantage in developing the markets of the internet.
Internet.org is finding the various ways to provide internet to hard-to-reach places. Recently, the company informed Facebook has designed a drone that may bring internet connectivity to remote parts of the world.
Optimized for community
To provide affordable internet access, this latest initiative looks to use existing satellite technology.
Mr. Zuckerberg has written that over the last year Facebook has been exploring ways to use aircraft and satellites to beam internet access down into communities from the sky.
We need to invent the new technologies as we know that traditional connectivity infrastructure is usually difficult and incomplete to connect the people who are living in remote regions.
A lot of places still do not have internet access because they do not have underground cables that are required to get broadband. A satellite would bounce signal to the receivers in distant places for providing internet access.
Eutelsat said in a statement that users living on the ground would be intelligent to use “off the shelf” products to access the service when it will be launched in the second half of 2016. It’s all a part of an idea by Facebook to get internet access to a number of the toughest to succeed in places within the world.
Internet by satellite is provided by several companies, but in the developing world, it is a pricey option beyond the reach of the majority. It is announced by the company that the capacity is optimized for community and Direct to User Internet admittance using affordable, off the rack customer equipment.
Two years past Facebook Announced internet.org an attempt to accelerate the speed of connectivity by addressing the physical, economic and social barriers that are keeping people from obtaining online.
For Facebook this, satellite system represents one of many technology investment to modify cost effective broadband access to unconnected populations. Facebook plans to work with native partners across Africa to utilize satellite and terrestrial capability to deliver services to rural areas.
Eutelsat and Facebook will each set up Internet services designed to relieve pent up demand for connectivity from the many users in Africa behind the range of fixed and mobile terrestrial networks.
Eutelsat said the service, that is scheduled to start out up within the half of 2016; will see the satellite after broadband access to large parts of Western, Eastern and Southern Africa. According to the terms of the agreement, the capability is shared between Eutelsat and Facebook.