Facebook has announced plans launch a satellite as part of its efforts to bring internet access to under-developed areas.
In a post on his personal page on Monday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed a partnership with French communications firm Eutelsat, which will see a new satellite sent into geostationary orbit next year.
The hook up, which is part of the company’s Internet.org initiative, will bring connectivity to large parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Zuckerberg wrote: “Over the last year Facebook has been exploring ways to use aircraft and satellites to beam internet access down into communities from the sky.
“To connect people living in remote regions, traditional connectivity infrastructure is often difficult and inefficient, so we need to invent new technologies.”
The planned launch of the under-construction AMOS-6 satellite will see Facebook work with local partners across the west, east and south of Africa in order to bring the service to local communities.
“This is just one of the innovations we’re working on to achieve our mission with Internet.org,” added Zuckerberg.
“Connectivity changes lives and communities. We’re going to keep working to connect the entire world -- even if that means looking beyond our planet.”
Facebook had previously announced its plans to use drones in order to deliver internet access to remote communities.
The drones will have the wingspan of a Boeing 767, will be the length of ‘six of seven Toyota Prius' cars, but will only weigh around the same as four car tires.
The plan is for the unmanned vehicles to fly well above commercial airspace and stay in the air for years at a time.