Facebook is to partner with French satellite provider Eutelsat to launch its own satellite to beam free internet.
The plan is part of Facebook's internet.org project and the announcement was made by Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The internet.org project has been heavily criticized regarding net neutrality issues in some countries where businesses believe the plans could give Facebook and its partners unfair benefits in developing internet markets.
"Over the last year Facebook has been exploring [new] ways to use aircraft and satellites to beam Internet access down into communities from the sky," Zuckerberg said in a post. "To connect people living in remote regions, traditional connectivity infrastructure is often difficult and inefficient."
Facebook and Eutelsat will work together with Spacecom to utilise its entire broadband payload on the new satellite, AMOS-6, which is to be launched next year.
AMOS-6 will provide high gain spot beams of data that will cover large parts of West, East and Southern Africa.
Zuckerberg added: "This is just one of the innovations we're working on to achieve our mission with Internet.org. We're going to keep working to connect the entire world — even if that means looking beyond our planet."
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