We all know that Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is one of the most celebrated messaging platforms having registered over a billion monthly users. However, the social media giant still feels like the numbers of the billions users is just a single drop in the ocean. The thirst for a wider connection has triggered the company’s entry into Uganda.
Reports have it before year comes to a close, Facebook will have positioned close to 500 miles of fiber cable in Uganda. The infrastructure is expected to attend to not less than three million people who yearn to access the internet. Apparently many Ugandan operators have pointed out at the issue of capacity; hence Facebook’s move could just be timely.
But the company will not be working independently
Facebook knows for a fact that it does not posses wireless network. As a result, it will be sourcing for partnership with Bharti Airtel Limited (NSE:BHARTIARTL) and BCS. With the two on board, it will be easier to provide the actual services. The fiber cable is expected to give a boost to the current mobile operators’ base stations.
It is not clear how long the project will take and neither is the monetary obligation to the project within the public domain. However, Facebook notes, “This initiative in Uganda is part of our broader strategy to improve connectivity everywhere, including in countries where access to the submarine and international capacity has been limited.”
The move to lay out physical fiber cables is the most recent in a series of Facebook’s efforts
Facebook has been enhancing its efforts for the last two years in an effort to put more users on board. For example, it has provided free internet for some users in India and now here is the fiber cable, which is expected to cover a distance of 770km.
The company has expressed its desire to have a majority in the world connected with its social network. The only hurdle is that not every part of the world has internet access, a challenge that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been trying to fix. He is also welcoming other operators from other countries to help in providing robust network coverage.