Eutelsat said: "The capacity is optimised for community and Direct-to-User Internet access using affordable, off-the-shelf customer equipment.
"Eutelsat and Facebook will each deploy Internet services designed to relieve pent-up demand for connectivity from the many users in Africa beyond range of fixed and mobile terrestrial networks."
This satellite launch is a part of the firm’s Internet.org project.
Internet.org VP Chris Daniels said: "Facebook’s mission is to connect the world and we believe that satellites will play an important role in addressing the significant barriers that exist in connecting the people of Africa.
"We are looking forward to partnering with Eutelsat on this project and investigating new ways to use satellites to connect people in the most remote areas of the world more efficiently."
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