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Satellites could beam poorest nations out of digital desert

by Dubaiforum

Tim Witcher (Agence France-Presse) (The Jakarta Post)

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Doha   ● Mon, March 6 2023

Only a third of people in the world’s poorest countries can connect to the internet, the United Nations telecommunications agency said on Sunday, but low-flying satellites could bring hope to millions, especially in remote corners of Africa.

Tech giants including Microsoft have pledged to help populations hobbled by poor internet services to “leapfrog” into an era of online connectivity, with satellites set to play a key role as rival firms send thousands of new generation transmitters into low level orbit.

At the moment just 36 percent of the 1.25 billion people in the world’s 46 poorest countries can plug into the internet, the International Telecommunication Union said. By comparison, more than 90 percent have access in the European Union.

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