Till now we’ve heard a number of big companies attempting to provide free internet service for developing countries. Google, Facebook, Apple, SpaceX are among those who promised this humanitarian act to reach out about 4 billion people in the world. But now it seems that a company is beating them to it.
According to BusinessWire, Quika Ltd is bringing this project to reality, promising its activity to start in the second quarter of 2018. This company which belongs to Talia will be going to launch a satellite providing completely free high-speed internet for developing countries that lack the infrastructures, relevant online content or services and relatively expensive access to the internet.
Alan Afrasiab, founder and chairman of Quika and CEO of Talia Limited has stated: “We believe that left unbalanced, entire communities and regions will be abandoned by technological and economic progress. Quika will help bridge this digital and economic divide. 3.9 billion People (53% of the world’s population) are still offline. The majority of these people, live in rural areas and are often poor.”
Quika uses GEO and LEO constellations to deliver low latency and high-speed internet using satellites with high throughput.
Being a big part of the Middle East, Iran as well could be one of the targets of this company. Although compared to Afghanistan and Iraq which Quika announced as their first destinations, Iran has consolidated its internet infrastructures in the recent years, providing people with cheaper and more accessible internet services.
This satellite which is being launched by an international company makes controlling and censoring the content of Internet a challenge, and so due to this, we may witness potential banning in our country.
However, President Rouhani and his team had shown great tendency to make the internet more accessible and at the same time reduced the restrictions. These efforts had allowed the social media to a broader use all over the country. In conclusion, different approaches and voices seem to exist on internet’s inevitable growing structures in the country, so government’s reaction to Quika’s and other related projects cannot be clearly forecasted.