Recently, Facebook has reported that she invested more than $1 billion to develop a new sub-sea cable link which is designed to improve the connectivity in Africa, besides connecting more people to the internet, that means when people connect to the internet that will also encourage them to become Facebook users.
Facebook’s plan to spend $1 billion on the new internet sea cable in Africa is a part of a broader mission from Facebook to connect with the world, with more than 3.5 billion people who reported they are still unable to access the internet.
In light of that, Facebook mentioned “Africa is currently the least connected continent, with just over a quarter of its 1.3 billion people connected to the internet. As part of our commitment, we’re proud to announce that Facebook has partnered with leading African and global operators to build 2Africa, the most comprehensive subsea cable to serve the African continent and the Middle East region. A transformational cable, 2Africa is one of the largest subsea cable projects in the world and will interconnect 23 countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.”
As for the new internet sea cable in Africa, it will be 37,000 kilometers long, Facebook said “nearly equal to the circumference of the Earth”, moreover, it will provide around 3x the total network capacity of all the subsea cables serving Africa today. Anyhow, Bloomberg has reported Facebook’s billion-dollar commitment to the project, even though Facebook has not confirmed that figure officially.
The main message Facebook would like to deliver is about the societal value the project will provide which is connecting the world. We can see that Facebook is playing the main role in facilitating broader opportunities and democratizing access to information, and that’s to help usher these regions into the modern age.
That’s true because when providing internet access will be highly beneficial in so many ways, and of course, Facebook itself will see significant benefits from the same.
About 2.99 billion people currently use at least one of Facebook’s apps every month, this is based on current figures provided by Facebook, however, according to Worldmeter, the population of the entire world is 7.8 billion, that means there are 3.5 billion people can’t access the web, on the other side, there are 1.4 billion Chinese citizens who are unable to use Facebook because of the government restrictions. In light of that, Facebook’s apps are used by almost everybody who can access them.
Facebook mentions “This expanded capacity will facilitate a healthy internet ecosystem by enabling greatly improved accessibility for people and businesses alike. We have seen firsthand the positive impact that increased connectivity has on communities, from education to health care. We know that economies flourish when there is a widely accessible internet for businesses.”
As for the project, it is beneficial in many ways and Facebook’s investment is not altruistic in any sense.