Facebook will launch a satellite later this week that executives hope will bring Internet connectivity to parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg mentioned the launch during a town hall discussion in Lagos, Nigeria with developers and members of the Facebook community.
While talking about building an infrastructure that would enable people anywhere in the world to access a signal, Zuckerberg said Facebook is launching a satellite to beam down connectivity.
“If you want to connect everyone in the world, then making sure that everyone has access to the Internet is a really important thing,” Zuckerberg told the group in Nigeria. “It turns out that across the world, more than half of people don’t have access to the Internet. Here in Nigeria that’s true too.”