Facebook Launches Free Internet Browsing in Nigeria

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Internet giants, Facebook in collaboration
with Airtel, have launched Internet.org
Free Basics, a free internet browsing app
in Nigeria.
Free Basics is an initiative by Facebook and
several other partner companies to deliver
zero-rated internet services to the 4 billion-
odd people still offline. Facebook reaches
out to local telcos and get them to zero-rate
certain sites and services that meet
Facebook’s criteria.

“Free Basics offers Nigerians, including 90
million people who are currently offline,
the opportunity to access news, health
information and services like Jobberman
that were built by Nigerians and other
developers across West Africa — all
without having to pay for data,” Facebook
CEO, Mark Zuckerberg said.
Airtel is Facebook’s telecoms partner in
Nigeria. As a result, Nigeria will now join
the long list of Free Basic-activated
countries.
“We’re pleased to take this big step
forward in our partnership with Facebook,
bringing more people online in Africa’s
most populous country and helping to
further narrow the digital divide,” said
Airtel Africa CEO, Christian de Faria about
the partnership.
The app is available to download for free.
Interested people can check Android app
store or visit FreeBasics.com on your
phone with a SIM card from Airtel. Users
can also click here to get started.

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