Eutelsat Partners With Facebook To Launch Express WIFI Platform In Rural Communities

One of the world's leading satellite operators, Eutelsat, together with online social media and social networking service giant, Facebook, have partnered up in providing Express WIFI platform to rural and underserviced communities across Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Tanzania, Côte d'Ivoire, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The partnership between the two world leaders is to provide broadband services via satellite across Sub-Saharan Africa. Express WIFI, which Facebook Connectivity develops, will enable partners to build, grow, and create revenues through WIFI businesses whilst providing customers with fast, affordable, and reliable internet access. Thus far, Express WIFI is available in 30 countries, including Asian, South American, and African markets.

The platform was previously launched for testing in areas of the DRC, which enabled local businesses to provide affordable internet access to customers on a pre-paid basis.

General Manager of Konnect Africa, Philippe Baudrier, said the organisation is delighted to have partnered with Facebook on this vision and quest to ensure that people in underserviced areas in sub-Saharan Africa can get online access. The initiative is an accurate display of satellite connectivity's power to bridge the digital divide with unmatched social and social benefits, said Baudrier.

The Head of Connectivity Policy for Sub-Saharan Africa at Facebook, Fargani Tambeayuk, added that Facebook is committed to working with partners that help expand connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Connectivity is essential for accessing jobs, education, healthcare and more. Facebook is proud to have partnered with Eutelsat to combine the power of the Express WIFI platform and Eutelsat Konnect to increase broadband coverage across underserviced areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, said Tambeayuk.

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