Facebook and RCom have collaborated to launch Internet.org Initiative in India to provide free internet access to the people in India. With the Internet.org app, RCom subscribers will be able to access around 30 websites with no data charges. The websites will range from education, news, maternal health, sports, jobs, communication and more in addition to social networking website Facebook. Read on to find more information about Internet.org Initiative.
This service has already been launched in few countries outside India like Ghana, Colombia, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. It is is now available to the Reliance subscribers in India in six states namely, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat Telangana and Kerala. The websites accessible through Internet.org include Aaj Tak, AccuWeather, Cleartrip, IBNLive, ESPN Cricinfo, Facebook, NDTV, OLX, Reliance Astrology, Reuters Market Lite, Socialblood, Times of India. TimesJobs, Translator, Wikipedia, and wikiHow.
“We are delighted to announce the launch of Internet.org services in India. Through this partnership with Facebook, we aim to increase Internet inclusion and encourage more Indians to go online. This partnership will not only accelerate Internet penetration in India, it will also open new socio-economic opportunities to users in fields like education, information, and commerce,” said, Gurdeep Singh, CEO, Consumer Business, Reliance Communications.
Mobile browser developer, UCWeb has also taken part in this initiative by launching its flagship version of UC web browser for Internet.org. Using this browser, RCom subscribers will be able to access mobile websites without any data cost.
“We are honored to be part of the Internet.org program and to be able to bring critical information to our users without data charges. Giving people free access to those information could substantially increase the rate of Internet adoption as well as enable people to stay informed about and connected with the world,” says Kenny Ye, Managing Director of UCWeb India.
The Android device users will be able to access the websites through Internet.org app while they can also access the services through UC browser or Opera Mini browser. Many of these services will be available in several languages like Hindi, English, Tamil, Malayalam, Gujarati, Telugu and Marathi.
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