#Facebook in talks with satellite technology firm in ground- breaking bid to provide free internet access across #Africa

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Proposal is part of Mark
Zuckerberg’s plan to connect
developing world
He is reportedly working
with London-based satellite
operator Avanti
Comes after social network
launched donate button to
fight Ebola
Facebook is in talks with a London-
based satellite technology firm
about a ground-breaking bid to
prove free internet access in large
parts of Africa.
The project, under the social
network’s Internet.org initiative, is
part of founder Mark Zuckerberg’s
plan to put the developing world
online.
It has been reported the deal with
satellite operator Avanti is
expected to be announced soon.
Mr Zuckerberg turned to the
company after plans to bring the
Internet to Africa with mobile
operators, including Vodafone, were
rejected.
A commercial deal with Avanti
would mean Facebook could cover
swathes of Africa at a relatively low
cost, reported The Telegraph.
The company already owns two
broadband satellites positioned
over the continent and plans to
increase coverage by launching a
further three in the next few
years.
Facebook’s Internet.org is aimed to
‘bring the Internet to the two
thirds of the world’s population
that doesn’t have it’.
Its mission statement says: ‘No one
should have to choose between
access to the Internet and food or
medicine.
‘Internet.org partners will join
forces to develop technology that
decreases the cost of delivering
data to people worldwide, and
helps expand Internet access in
underserved communities.’
Internet.org believes if developing
economies had the same levels of
internet access as in the first
world, global productivity would be
boosted by 25% and 160million
people would be lifted out of
poverty.
In an interview with CNN, Mr
Zuckerberg said he wanted ‘to put
the whole world online’.
He said: ‘I mean, here, we use
things like Facebook to share news
and catch up with out friends, but
there, they’re going to use it to
decide what kind of government
they want, get access to healthcare
for the first time ever, connect with
family hundreds of miles away that
they haven’t seen for decades.
‘Getting access to the Internet is a
really big deal’.
Recently, Mr Zuckerberg showed his
concern for the plight of Africans
by provided a tool on his social
network allowing users to donate
to organizations working to fight
Ebola.
He also provided internet
connectivity in Guinea, Liberia and
Sierra Leone to help medical and
aid workers track cases and co-
ordinate their response.

The ground-breaking bid is part
of Facebook founder Mark
Zuckerberg’s aim to connect
developing world

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Recently, Facebook launched a
tool to make it easier for users to
donate to organizations working
to fight Ebola
He said: ‘I mean, here, we use
things like Facebook to share news
and catch up with out friends, but
there, they’re going to use it to
decide what kind of government
they want, get access to healthcare
for the first time ever, connect with
family hundreds of miles away that
they haven’t seen for decades.
‘Getting access to the Internet is a
really big deal’.
Recently, Mr Zuckerberg showed his
concern for the plight of Africans
by provided a tool on his social
network allowing users to donate
to organizations working to fight
Ebola.
He also provided internet
connectivity in Guinea, Liberia and
Sierra Leone to help medical and
aid workers track cases and co-
ordinate their response.

Facebook and Avanti have been
contacted by MailOnline for
comment.

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