Facebook Now Unveils Internet.org APP for Airtel Zambia Subscribers

Just a year ago since announcing and launching the I announced Internet.org – which aims to bring affordable internet access to everyone in the world – Facebook has today taken the initiative a step further, launching the Internet.org App in Zambia.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the development via his profile page, stating: “Today, I’m excited to announce the launch of the Internet.org app in Zambia. This provides people in Zambia with free data access to basic internet services like the ones I mentioned above, and means Zambia will now be the first country where we’ve been able to provide a whole set of free basic services.”

Zuckerberg added that right now, only 15% of people in Zambia have access to the internet.

“Soon, everyone will be able to use the internet for free to find jobs, get help with reproductive health and other aspects of health, and use tools like Facebook to stay connected with the people they love. This is a big step forward in achieving the mission of Facebook and Internet.org. We’re looking forward to bringing free basic services to more countries soon,” he noted.

Internet.org was launched out of the conviction that every person should have access to free basic internet services – tools for health, education, jobs and basic communication.

The Facebook CEO stated that over the past year, they’ve been working with mobile operators around the world to deliver on this goal, adding that it’s already helped 3 million people, who previously had no access, to benefit from internet services.

In an earlier post on the Facebook blog, Guy Rosen, the firm’s product management director noted that over 85% of the world’s population lives in areas with existing cellular coverage, yet only about 30% of the total population accesses the internet.

“Affordability and awareness are significant barriers to internet adoption for many and today we are introducing the Internet.org app to make the internet accessible to more people by providing a set of free basic services,” stated Rosen in the post titled “Introducing the Internet.org App.”

Through the Internet.org App, people can browse a set of useful health, employment and local information services without data charges. It is hoped that by providing free basic services via the app, people will go online and discover valuable services they might not have otherwise.

Through the Internet.org app, Airtel customers in Zambia will have basic access to: AccuWeather, Airtel, eZeLibrary, Facebook, Facts for Life, Google Search, Go Zambia Jobs, Kokoliko, MAMA (Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action), Messenger, Wikipedia, WRAPP (Women’s Rights App) and Zambia uReport.

Airtel customers in Zambia can access these services in the Internet.org Android app, or within the Facebook for Android app.

Source : CIO East Africa

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