Face­book, Eu­tel­sat in Africa In­ter­net satel­lite hookup

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

Euro­pean satel­lite op­er­a­tor Eu­tel­sat Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and so­cial media gi­ant Face­book said Mon­day they are work­ing jointly to de­liver satel­lite broad­band In­ter­net to con­nec­tiv­ity-hun­gry sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa.

The firms re­vealed they have reached a multi-year agree­ment with satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tion firm Space­com to use the en­tire broad­band pay­load of the AMOS-6 satel­lite due to come on stream in the sec­ond half of next year and pro­vide cov­er­age for large swathes of subSa­ha­ran Africa, af­ter iden­ti­fy­ing “pent-up de­mand for con­nec­tiv­ity.”

Eu­tel­sat said in a state­ment the pro­ject would of­fer ac­cess “us­ing af­ford­able, off-the-shelf” hard­ware, shar­ing ca­pac­ity with Face­book in re­gions of­ten lack­ing ac­cess to re­li­able fixed and mo­bile ter­res­trial net­works.

“Satel­lite net­works are well suited to eco­nom­i­cally con­nect­ing peo­ple in low- to medium-den­sity pop­u­la­tion ar­eas,” Eu­tel­sat added.

The ca­pac­ity will en­able Eu­tel­sat to step up its broad­band ac­tiv­ity in sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa that was ini­ti­ated us­ing Ku-band satel­lites to serve pro­fes­sional users.

Eu­tel­sat is es­tab­lish­ing a new com­pany based in Lon­don that will steer its African broad­band vi­sion and busi­ness. The com­pany will be led by Lau­rent Grimaldi, founder and for­mer CEO of Tis­cali In­ter­na­tional Net­work, and will fo­cus on serv­ing pre­mium con­sumer and pro­fes­sional seg­ments.

Face­book two years ago launched In­ter­net.org, an ini­tia­tive to ac­cel­er­ate con­nec­tiv­ity in poorly cov­ered re­gions and un­veiled plans to work with part­ners in Africa to im­prove both satel­lite and ter­res­trial ca­pac­ity for ru­ral ar­eas.

“Face­book’s mis­sion is to con­nect the world, and we be­lieve that satel­lites will play an im­por­tant role in ad­dress­ing the sig­nif­i­cant bar­ri­ers that ex­ist in con­nect­ing the peo­ple of Africa,” Chris Daniels, In­ter­net. org vice pres­i­dent, said in a state­ment.

“We are look­ing for­ward to part­ner­ing with Eu­tel­sat on this pro­ject,” Daniels added.

Eu­tel­sat chair­man and CEO Michel de Rosen said: “We are ex­cited by this op­por­tu­nity to ac­cel­er­ate the de­ploy­ment of our broad­band strat­egy and to part­ner with Face­book on a new ini­tia­tive to pro­vide In­ter­net ac­cess ser­vices in Africa.

“Eu­tel­sat’s strong track record in op­er­at­ing High Through­put Satel­lite sys­tems will en­sure that we can de­liver ac­ces­si­ble and ro­bust In­ter­net so­lu­tions that get more users online and part of the In­for­ma­tion So­ci­ety.”

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