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Facebook and Eutelsat Lease Ka-band Capacity To Help Connect Africa

PARIS — Social media giant Facebook and satellite fleet operator Eutelsat, in one of the first concrete projects on behalf of Facebook’s plan to connect unconnected populations worldwide, on Oct. 5 said they would jointly lease Ka-band broadband satellite capacity covering Africa.

The two companies said they had leased the entire Ka-band payload on Israel-based Spacecom’s Amos-6 satellite, scheduled for launch in mid-2016 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket operated by SpaceX of Hawthorne, California. Eutelsat said the lease of the capacity, to be financed about equally by Facebook and Eutelsat, is for five years, ending in 2021.

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