Facebook Offers Free Internet Access in Zambia
The most popular social network Facebook has started working on social causes. In a move to provide internet access to countries in Africa, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has started with Internet.org initiative. The Internet.org App will offer free internet access to few websites.
People with advanced mobile phones will be able to access Wikipedia, Google, Facebook and Facebook messenger to share messages between friends. The free internet will enable many people to use online services.
The free internet app has been first launched in Zambia and will be rolled out in other countries shortly. As per blog post of Guy Rosen from Facebook, the cellular networks cover nearly 85 percent of the world population. However, due to high cost, and non availability of smartphone devices, only 30 percent of the world population has internet access.
If Internet access increases in the countries in Africa and Asia, Facebook can see much bigger jump in user numbers. Android powered smartphones will have free internet access to select websites, using the app.
Facebook has partnered with MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Samsung, Ericsson and Qualcomm to improve internet access for the population living in areas where mobile internet access is prohibitively expensive.
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