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After backlash Facebook opens for all mobile operators

Written by Maryam Dodhy ·  1 min read >

Facebook is celebrating one year of the introduction of the app in Zambia – the first country where this service was introduced.

This endeavor has been quite successful for them as they have worked with over a dozen mobile operators across 17 countries in the last 12 months. Their basic aim is the same: to provide Internet to people without any data charges and help them discover the value of internet. Now, according to Facebook, over a billion people have access to

According to latest stats, the service brings new users onto mobile networks 50% faster after the free services were launched. More than half of the people who use the services pay for the data within the first 30 days which shows that people are beginning to value it.

Here’s an excerpt from Facebook’s blogpost:

“As we approach year two, we’ve taken everything we’ve learned from working closely with our partners and are now ready to scale free basic services. We’ve made it easier for any mobile operator to turn on in new countries through a partner portal that includes technical tools and best practices, improving the process to offer free basic services to the unconnected. New operator partners can get started at”

Before today, Facebook and only worked with select mobile networks to make its services available. Now any carrier can sign up to partner with the organization to provide basic internet services for free. A new portal allows them to sign up and includes technical tools along with best practices to get new partners started.

Also Read: Net Neutrality is a much bigger issue than Cyber Crime

Facebook came under fire earlier this year for going against net neutrality. The critics were of the opinion that the restrictive platform of Internet.Org will allow certain players to do well. The non inclusiveness will effect their competitors negatively by effecting a common ground for competition. In response, it made a developer platform called ‘ Platform’ which makes it easy for any developer to create services that integrate with

Facebook is now geared to expand to other countries. They are partnering with more and more mobile operators and developers to provide Internet services to the unconnected people.

Via Facebook Newsroom

Written by Maryam Dodhy
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