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Facebook To Provide Faster Internet Access To Africa

It is very likely that you have come across the name Maria Rabinky when you were searching online for bird’s eye view maps or map illustrations. Map illustrators have websites to generate an online presence. Their artworks can be found in popular sites like Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn to reach their target audience.

The problem is there are areas across the world that do not have access to the internet. This is the reason why Facebook is working with telecom companies in building 37,000 kilometers or 23,000 miles of undersea cable to provide faster internet access to 16 countries in Africa. The length of the undersea cable is almost equal to the Earth’s circumference.

The goal of Facebook is to reach Africa’s young population and provide them access to the social media platform. The undersea cable will deliver the much needed internet capacity, redundancy and reliability in Africa. It also aims to supplement the increasing demand for internet capacity in the Middle East and support the growth of 4G, 5G and broadband access for millions of people.

In terms of internet access, Africa lags behind the rest of the world. Compared to the rest of the world, only 4 out of 10 people in Africa have access to the Worldwide Web. However, the continent has a 1.3 billion population which represents huge opportunities for tech firms.

Majority of the world’s intercontinental data is carried by subsea cables. The 2Africa project will be able to handle much more data with faster transmission at lower costs. The cable will be buried much deeper than previous systems to protect them against any external damages from ship anchors.

According to Bloomberg, the cost of the 2Africa project is close to $1 billion. The fibre-optic cables have double the capacity of the older ones and will make use of SDM1 technology.

Meanwhile, you are welcome to visit and view the illustrated maps of Maria Rabinky, a well-known artist and professional map illustrator. Learn how color, style and position are used to deliver a realistic feeling of a campus, community or facility. Be awed by the illustrator’s skills in presenting a unique map art.


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