Facebook has been working on a project for providing access to web-based networks in developing countries for several months and has just announced its next phase. The largest social networking site with the French company Eutelsat, which has been operating for many years in the telecommunications industry, will provide satellite internet to the people of Africa.
The project, in addition to Eutelsat, will also include Spacecom, which specializes in satellite communications, to provide access to the network of 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The AMOS-6 will be used to carry out this mission, scheduled to be launched at the end of this year and deployed to SpaceX consortium, which will use the Falcon 9 missile. The launch of the satellite is scheduled for the second half of next year.
The new initiative is part of a project already active in 19 countries, but has recently come under increasing criticism from users (especially in India), accusing him of lack of transparency and neutrality. Many complained that access to the network was limited to certain services and strictly controlled by Facebook.