Satellites to lift poor countries out of “digital desert”

Satellites to lift poor countries out of “digital desert”
Satellites to lift poor countries out of “digital desert”

To provide the Internet facility to the poorest countries of Africa, the UN urges developed countries to make efforts. Because without the Internet, the people of these African countries do not have the opportunities to uplift their lives.

For this purpose, the UN has laid down the idea of Satellites to lift poor countries out of “digital desert”.

The United Nations has said that only one-third of poor countries’ population today has Internet access.

According to the news agency AFP, the United Nations telecommunication agency has said that low-flying satellites are a ray of hope for millions of people, especially those living in remote areas of Africa.

Major technology companies, including Microsoft, have pledged to help the poorest countries by using satellites for online connectivity.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) says only 46 percent of the 1.25 billion people in the world’s 46 poorest countries can use the internet. In contrast, 90% of EU citizens have access to the internet.

The ITU condemned the gap in internet access internationally, saying the gap has widened over the past decades. Digital backwardness has been a major complaint at the UN’s less-developed countries meeting in Doha.

“You are far behind in the digital revolution,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told leaders of poor countries. The problem of not getting access to digital means is most prevalent in African countries, including Congo. Only a quarter of Congo’s population uses the Internet.

Thousands of satellites flying close to the surface of the earth can play an essential role in tackling this problem, and thus African countries can also benefit from digital facilities.

At a meeting of poor countries in Doha, it was promised to provide internet access in Africa and other poor countries, while Microsoft also plans to provide internet to 100 million Africans by 2025.

Microsoft has announced that it will provide internet access to five million Africans in the first phase of its project in December. After this, another two crore people will be given this facility.

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