A Eutelsat Communications is expanding its use of the platform Express WiFi in partnership with Facebook to provide broadband satellite services in various regions of Sub-Saharan Africa.
With Express Wi-Fi, Eutelsat aims to connect thousands of people in rural and underserved communities spanning the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa , Cameroon, Ghana and Zimbabwe.
Express Wi-Fi is a platform developed by Facebook Connectivity that allows partners to create, grow and monetize their WiFi business in a scalable way, while providing customers with fast, affordable and reliable access to the Internet. Express Wi-Fi is used in more than 30 countries, including several Asian, South American and African markets, and helps millions of people connect via Wi-Fi.
Philippe Baudrier, executive at Eutelsat Konect Africa: “we are very pleased with the partnership with Facebook in this ambitious scheme, which aims to put more people online in the most underserved areas of sub-saharan Africa. This initiative is the perfect example of the power of satellite connectivity to reduce the digital divide, with unparalleled economic and social benefits. We are proud once again to leverage the unparalleled coverage of EUTELSAT KONNECT to meet this growing demand. "
“At Facebook, we are committed to working with partners to help expand connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa, which remains the region with the largest coverage gap,” said Fargani Tambeayuk, Head of Connectivity Policy for Sub-Saharan Africa at Facebook .
“Connectivity is essential to guarantee access to jobs, education, health and more. We are proud to partner with Eutelsat to combine the power of the Express Wi-Fi platform and EUTELSAT KONNECT, with the aim of increasing broadband coverage via satellite in rural and underserved areas in Sub-Saharan Africa. "