Facebook’s Internet.org Creates App to Offer Limited Internet Service in Zambia

Facebook's Internet.org initiative developed an Android app to bring basic Internet access to specific users in Zambia. (Daniel Acker, Bloomberg)
Facebook’s Internet.org initiative developed an Android app to bring basic Internet access to specific users in Zambia. (Daniel Acker, Bloomberg)

Facebook Inc.’s Internet.org initiative is launching an Android app to bring basic Internet services to Airtel customers in Zambia, Africa without charging them for data use.

The app gives users access to Facebook and other services, including AccuWeather, Google Search, Wikipedia and the ability to search local news and employment opportunities in Zambia.

“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,” Guy Rosen, Internet.org’s product management director, said in a statement. “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.”

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SOURCE: Sarah Drake
Silicon Valley Business Journal

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