Google and HSBC back African Internet project - Mobile World Live

Google and HSBC back African Internet project

02 NOV 2009

Reuters reports that Google and HSBC, Europe’s largest bank, have thrown their weight behind an ambitious plan to provide cheap, high-speed Web access to 3 billion people in Africa and other emerging markets. Google has joined forces with the bank and cable operator Liberty Global to back a group called O3b Networks, which stands for the ‘other 3 billion’ people, to provide Internet access supported by satellites. The system will connect to core networks and 3G mobile and WiMAX towers.


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