Facebook seem to be determined to achieve its goal of making the internet available to every person on earth with its internet.org initiative. Facebook is walking the talk by partnering with Airtel Zambia to introduce the internet.org app to Airtel subscribers.
85% of the 5 billion people without Internet simply can't afford data plans, according to report. This means affordability is a significant barrier to internet adoption for many and with this app, peoplecan browse a set of useful health, employment and local information services without data charges.
By providing free basic services via the app, the initiative hopes to bring more people online and help them discover valuable services they might not have otherwise. The services include:
- Facts for Life
- Google Search
- Go Zambia Jobs
- MAMA (Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action)
- WRAPP (Women’s Rights App)
- Zambia uReport
The apps are available in the Internet.org Android app, at www.internet.org, or within the Facebook for Android app. The internet.org app will be available first to Airtel subscribers in Zambia with plans to continue to improve the experience and roll it out to other parts of the world, according to report.
Source: Facebook newsroom