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Facebook, Eutelsat block-book satellite capacity to deliver Internet to Africa

Peter Sayer | Oct. 6, 2015
Free Basics by Facebook is getting its own bandwidth to deliver services to Africa through a partnership with Eutelsat.

The deal with AMOS-6 operator Space-Communication (Spacecom) is a multi-year one, although not for the full lifetime of the satellite, which would typically be around 15 years, O'Connor said.

AMOS-6 will cost around US$200 million to build, and is scheduled for launch by year-end. It also carries Ku-band transponders that will deliver TV service to Europe and the Middle East, and is intended as a replacement for AMOS-2, which launched in 2003, according to Spacecom's website.

 

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