Facebook wants to deliver services to 4bln who lack internet access

Last Updated: Wed, Aug 21, 2013 08:30 hrs

Social media giant Facebook has launched an initiative to provide internet services to the four billion or so people worldwide who lack internet access.

Other tech giants, including Samsung, Nokia, Qualcomm and Ericsson have joined hands with Facebook on the initiative called Internet.org, in which they aim to drastically cut the cost of delivering basic internet services on mobile phones, particularly in developing countries like Asia, Africa and Latin America.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the tech giants together aim at simplifying phone apps so that they run more efficiently along with improving hardware components of phones and networks so that they transmit more data while using less battery power.

One such effort at providing internet services to those who lack access has been done by Google, which began a program called Project Loon, to beam internet access from plastic balloons floating more than 19 kilometres in the air.

The report said the companies also hope to develop business models that would allow phone companies to provide simple services such as email, search and social networks for little or no charge.

With every one in seven people in the world using Facebook, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the project will be good for the world rather than something that is going to be really amazing for their profits.

In order to tackle infrastructure issues that are huge barriers in the developing world, particularly the long-distance transmission of data to far-flung places, Facebook might seek adding partners, like national governments, mobile phone carriers and Microsoft, a longtime ally that has its own projects to expand access, the report added. (ANI)

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