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Facebook is launching satellite into space this week- Mark Zukerberg

Facebook founder, Mark Zukerberg, on Tuesday in Lagos hinted that Facebook team was set to launch a satellite into space before the end of this week.

He said the move to launch facebook satellite into space was,”To enable more entrepreneurs across Africa to sell Express Wi-Fi and more people to access reliable internet. That means more connectivity and more opportunity for entrepreneurs like Rosemary everywhere.”

Mark Zukerberg stated this when she met Rosemary Njoku at the Facebook Express Wi-Fi stand in Lagos.

Facebook founder Mark Zukerberg is in Lagos, Nigeria, as part of his historic tour of Africa, making Nigeria his first stop on a business research trip to the continent.

Zukerberg meets Rosemary Njoku at the Facebook Express Wi-Fi stand in Lagos.
Zukerberg meets Rosemary Njoku at the Facebook Express Wi-Fi stand in Lagos.

Express Wi-Fi is part of Facebook’s internet.org initiative:Facebook Free Basics (Free Basics is available in 48 countries with the following mobile operators) to build a business by providing users with access to the internet, “Facebook designed the technology and the local internet providers add the connectivity. “

He said was excited that more people were beginning to make living from Express Wi-Fi, “Rosemary already had a business before she also started selling Express Wi-Fi as well, but she told me she now has 3,000 customers and makes much money from Express Wi-Fi.”

Zukerberg praised Njoku’s entrepreneurship, “She’s a great example of how local entrepreneurs spread internet access around the world.”  

What is Free Basics by Facebook?

“Free Basics by Facebook provides people with access to useful services on their mobile phones in markets where internet access may be less affordable.

The websites are available for free without data charges, and include content on things like news, employment, health, education and local information.

By introducing people to the benefits of the internet through these websites, we hope to bring more people online and help improve their lives.”

Free Basics is available in 48 countries with the following mobile operators:

Africa & Middle East

  • Angola (Movicel)
  • Benin (MTN)
  • Cape Verde (Unitel)
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo (Airtel, Tigo)
  • Gabon (Airtel)
  • Ghana (Airtel)
  • Guinea (Cellcom)
  • Guinea-Bissau (MTN)
  • Iraq (AsiaCell, Korek & Zain)
  • Kenya (Airtel)
  • Liberia (Cellcom)
  • Madagascar (Blueline)
  • Malawi (Airtel & TNM)
  • Mauritania (Mauritel)
  • Mozambique (Mcel)
  • Niger (Airtel)
  • Nigeria (Airtel)
  • Rwanda (Airtel)
  • Senegal (Tigo)
  • Seychelles (Airtel)
  • South Africa (Cell C)
  • Tanzania (Tigo & Airtel)
  • Zambia (Airtel)

Asia Pacific

  • Bangladesh (Grameenphone & Robi)
  • Cambodia (Smart Axiata)
  • Indonesia (Indosat)
  • Maldives (Ooredoo)
  • Mongolia (G-Mobile, Mobicom & Skytel)
  • Myanmar (MPT)
  • Pakistan (Telenor & Zong)
  • Philippines (Globe & Smart)
  • Thailand (DTAC & TrueMove)
  • Timor-Leste (Telkomcel)
  • Vanuatu (Telecom)

Latin America

  • Aruba (Digicel)
  • Barbados (Digicel)
  • Bolivia (Viva)
  • Bonaire (Digicel)
  • Colombia (Tigo)
  • Curaçao (Digicel)
  • El Salvador (Digicel)
  • Guatemala (Tigo)
  • Jamaica (Digicel)
  • Mexico (Telcel & Virgin)
  • Panama (Digicel)
  • Peru (Entel)
  • Suriname (Digicel)
  • Trinidad and Tobago (Digicel)

Facebook said it would continue to expand to more countries around the world.

To browse popular websites for free, download the Free Basics Android app or visit FreeBasics.com on your phone with a SIM card from Airtel or Express Wi-Fi (Coollink).

 

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