Facebook Launches Free Internet App in Zambia

Facebook’s vision of free Internet worldwide is now a reality through Internet.org. app unveiled on Thursday, which debuted in Zambia, Africa. The app allows people to access major online services such as Google Search, Facebook, Wikipedia, AccuWeather and informational websites in communication, health, social services, and among others using Android-powered devices.

Guy Rosen, Product Director of Facebook said that affordability and awareness were significant barriers to Internet adoption.  He wrote on his blog, “Over 85 percent of the world’s population lives in areas with existing cellular coverage, yet only about 30 percent of the total population accesses the Internet.” Launching Internet.org app will impact the Zambians where they can access online basic services to improve their livelihood henceforth.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of company said they have been collaborating with mobile operators and companies around the world for over the past year to make this vision a reality, including Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, Opera and Qualcomm in line with the company’s efforts to make the Internet free and accessible to everyone in the world.

He said that 15 percent of Zambia’s population has access to the Internet and through this app, people can find jobs, receive information about reproductive health, get in touch with their friends, and among others.

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