Matthew Sparkes
telegraph.co.uk
March 4, 2014

Facebook is in negotiations to buy a drone manufacturer with the aim of using its high-altitude autonomous aircraft to beam internet connections to isolated communities in Africa, according to reports.

The social networking company is one of the main backers of the internet.org project, which aims to connect the large parts of the world which remain offline.

Today, only 2.7 billion people – just over one-third of the world’s population – have access to the internet, according to Facebook. Other founding members include Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung.

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