SES Satellite to Deliver Facebook Internet.org in Africa

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SES Satellite, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, has announced a new satellite broadband deal with Facebook for Africa.

The agreement will provide high-speed broadband connectivity services to Sub-Saharan Africa to  support Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi programme, part of the Internet.org initiative to connect developing and emerging countries.

Facebook, the world’s largest social media network, will deliver high speed broadband connectivity using three SES satellites - ASTRA 2G, ASTRA 3B and ASTRA 4A. In addition, SES is providing Facebook with customised SES Enterprise+ broadband services. SES designed a highly tailored service utilising its satellite, data centre and implementation services with integrated features such as security, protocol enhancement, and hosting.

The solution includes Gilat Satellite Networks’ X-Architecture platform that will enable Facebook’s local African partners to deliver internet services to underconnected and unconnected communities using Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi access product.
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