Microsoft and Viasat announced that, through joint efforts, they would give access to 10 million people around the world. And, more precisely, in areas where access to the web is difficult. In Africa we talk about 5 million people and 5 million people other continents.
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Viasat is the first satellite internet provider who has worked with Microsoft on the Airband Initiative introduced a few years ago and will further develop and prioritize it in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States. expansion of the program in Egypt, Senegal and Angola.
This is the first of these kinds of partnership in the Airband Program and, in total, according to this initiative, the Internet access is set to be provided to 250 million people around the world, including 100 million in Africa.
According to the International Telecommunication Union, nearly one-third of the world’s population or almost 2.7 billion people have never used the Internet. Using satellites makes a connection to the network possible even in places where this is not possible in other ways. By putting their expertise and knowledge in a single world, Microsoft and Viasat will advance telemedicine, distance education, precision farming, clean energy and other services. The companies should ensure the use of the spacecraft capable of positioning satellites as orbital and low Earth orbits, access to wireless communications, as well as other technology. Microsoft has stated that Internet access is a fundamental human right. Working with Viasat will help it in places where communication was once impossible or inexistent. However, most of those who have never used the Internet are only in 20 African countries and so is the so-called. Go south.
Viasat said he’s proud of the partnership with Microsoft; it takes an important step to bring the web to the Africans, Latin Americas and Americans; and the companies are adopting measures to achieve digital equality.
According to the Airband Initiative, Microsoft and its partners already gave over 51 million people access to high-speed Internet globally, including 4 million in rural areas of the United States and 45 million in 16 other countries. The initiative started in 2017, with the help of local government and international networks, manufacturers of equipment and non-governmental organizations.
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