Friday, September 2, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg’s Plan To Bring Affordable Internet Access In Africa Suffers Setback Due to Elon Musk’s SpaceX Explosion

Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to Nigeria wasn't just for fun or tourism but he came with some important budgets in mind for Nigeria and Africa at large. During Zuckerberg's Question and Answer session in Nigeria, he talked about his plans to bring affordable Internet access to sub-Saharan Africa, this is what he said

“The satellite will “beam down connectivity, We built these solar-powered drones that are basically like a cell phone tower in the sky. They can go over really remote rural locations and beam down connectivity to make sure networks spread and reach everyone.”


Unfortunately, it appears like his plans have suffered an unrecoverable setback on Thursday morning when a SpaceX rocket – owned by Elon Musk exploded during a routine pre-launch check.

Exploded equipment is the Facebook/Spacecom’s AMOS-6 communications satellite, which costs $95 million according to experts estimation.

The Facebook Amos 6 Satellite was scheduled to launch into the orbit on Saturday but now that it's destroyed in the massive blast, it won't be realizable again at least for now.

This is how i feel now...

... Because the Satellite was to provide at about 14 African countries and the Middle East with free/affordable broadband.

Meanwhile, there is a breath of fresh a after Mark Zuckerberg released a post about it some hours ago. This is what he said

“Deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX’s launch failure destroyed our satellite that would have provided connectivity to so many entrepreneurs and everyone else across the continent.”


“Fortunately, we have developed other technologies like Aquila that will connect people as well,” Zuckerberg wrote. “We remain committed to our mission of connecting everyone, and we will keep working until everyone has the opportunities this satellite would have provided.”


Its worthy to note that, Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket cost $200 million. What a huge lost!

3 comments:

  1. Chai why naa. We need free browsing honestly. Economy too bad

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  2. This guy has lots of good intentions for we Africans

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  3. His simple nature is something that all wealthy Africans should emulate

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