Partnering with VAST to Improve Internet Access for South African Townships

Network infrastructure remains a key bottleneck in many markets. Building out infrastructure represents a large portion of a telecom provider’s costs, and can make it difficult to provide users with high-speed connectivity at affordable prices. We invest in infrastructure and platforms to drive down the cost of internet bandwidth. We expect our investments to reduce the costs of delivering data and improve network reliability and speeds, as well as encourage open access infrastructure sharing and competition. VAST and Facebook deployed 100km of fiber in the South African townships of Diepsloot and Katlehong. In one of our first deployments, Facebook and VAST connected underserved communities to Wi-Fi hotspots backhauled by 100 km of fiber.

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