Microsoft has announced plans to provide internet service via satellite to 250 million people by the end of 2025, including 100 million people in Africa.
Efforts to bridge the digital divide
According to Reuters, at the US-Africa Summit held in Washington, USA, Microsoft President Brad Smith announced that he will launch a satellite Internet project with the goal of introducing Internet services to Egypt. . , Senegal and Angola.
Through a partnership with satellite provider Viasat, Microsoft will provide Internet service in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa, as well as remote areas in Guatemala, Mexico and the United States.
According to Brad Smith, the biggest problem with internet access in Africa is the lack of electricity on the continent. Microsoft is focusing on finding low-cost solutions in areas without internet or electricity, he said.
This is the first time Microsoft has used satellite technology to reach remote areas with few internet connections.
Microsoft’s latest initiative, part of the Airband Initiative, the world’s leading technology organization, aims to provide internet access to 250 million people, 100 million of whom will be living in Africa by the end of the year. 2025.
Since 2017, the Airband Initiative has expanded its reach to 50 million people, including nearly 10 million in Africa, while working to support telecom providers, governments and nonprofits in bringing the internet to the masses, according to Reuters.
According to statistics from the United Nations International Telecommunication Union, despite the rapid development of the Internet in developed countries and some large emerging economies, there are still 2.9 billion people, or more than one third. The world’s population has never had the opportunity to use the Internet. Connect Network.
Microsoft’s plan will help bridge the digital divide between Africa and developing countries.
In Africa, Microsoft currently has more than 500 engineers in Nairobi (Kenya’s capital and largest city) and more than 200 in Lago (Nigeria’s largest city), according to AFP.
Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, said that Africa has “no shortage of talents, but a lot of opportunities”.