Facebook’s Free Basics comes to Nigeria

first_img Related Home Facebook’s Free Basics comes to Nigeria Previous ArticleApp revenue to top $50B in 2020 – IDCNext Article‘Featured’ Apple apps impact is slowing Author Asia FacebookFree Basics Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced a partnership with Airtel Africa to roll out its controversial Free Basics offering in Nigeria.Free Basics, part of the company’s internet.org initiative, claims to bring unconnected users online by providing no cost access to a set of internet content, and is now live in 40 countries, said Zuckerberg in a blog post, with half of those in Africa.The initiative will be available to all Nigerians with an Airtel mobile connection, providing access to 90 million people currently offline, with the opportunity to access news, health information and other services without having to pay data fees.The service will initially launch with more than 85 free services.“Over the next few months, we’ll be doing even more to connect developers with people who can use their apps – and partner with local companies to bring internet to people across Africa who don’t have access to mobile networks,” added Zuckerberg.Facebook’s initiative has attracted controversy in some markets, with critics accusing the company of going against net neutrality by giving preferential treatment to certain web services.The company claims Free Basics has brought more than 25 million people online who wouldn’t be otherwise. Australia funds regulator to oversee new media lawcenter_img Kavit Majithia WhatsApp payments resurfaces in Brazil Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 11 MAY 2016 Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Facebook trials feature to connect neighbourslast_img

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