Microsoft and communication company Viasat have partnered
Internet will reach 10 million people worldwide including 5 million in Africa
Microsoft believes Internet access is a fundamental right
New Delhi. Starlink, a company owned by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, provides internet coverage through satellite to 40 countries. Companies like Meta (Connectivity/ Aquila) and Google (Loon) have also tried their hands on this technology and later pulled out of this project. Amazon had already announced its entry in this space. It has now been informed by Microsoft that the company is now working on a project to provide internet access to 10 million people worldwide.
Microsoft and global communications company Viasat have announced that they will bring Internet access to 10 million people worldwide, including 5 million across Africa. The partnership is part of Microsoft’s Airband Initiative, which will deliver internet to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Guatemala, Mexico and the US. It is also planning to expand this project to Egypt, Senegal and Angola.
Microsoft said in the blog that under this project, companies will enable telehealth, distance learning, education, precision agriculture, clean power and other services to reach new areas. Also, apart from new satellite and fixed wireless, will also work on new technology.
2.7 billion people do not have internet
According to the International Telecommunication Union at the United Nations, almost a third of the world’s population (or 2.7 billion people) does not have internet access. We believe that access to the Internet is a fundamental right and that digital skills create and enable economic prosperity for people, businesses and governments, said Teresa Hutson, Vice President of Technology and Corporate Responsibility at Microsoft. Through our AirBand Initiative, we will extend high-speed internet access to 100 million people on the continent of Africa and a quarter billion people living in unserved and under-served areas around the world by 2025.
Microsoft Airband Initiative
Microsoft says that the company and its partners have already provided high-speed Internet access to more than 51 million people worldwide through AirBand. This initiative was started in 2017.