News today that Facebook has ambitious plans to connect the two-thirds of the world that has no net access, using drones, satellites and lasers.
It will put it in direct competition with Google, which is planning to deliver net access via balloons.
Consider this in connection from this information from 2012 – Mobile phones are increasingly ubiquitous in poor countries, which now account for four in every five connections worldwide. As Elsie Kanza, of the World Economic Forum, recently said: “Regardless of social class, almost everyone [in Africa] has a mobile phone, or two or three. Even in remote villages, mobile phones have replaced the bicycle or radio as prized assets.”
The availability of internet access and the preference for using mobile phones in the developing world combined should mean in the long term, more customers for Facebook and other social media platforms. So, looking for your global marketplace? here we come…
courtesy of BBC News and The Guardian online