Zuckerberg plans to provide free global Internet access

Mark Zuckerberg reveals plan to provide free global Internet access.

Mark Zuckerberg plans to provide free global Internet access for mobile phones.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced his plans to provide free global Internet access on mobile phones. In a recent post on his Facebook profile, Zuckerberg revealed his company’s partnership with Samsung, Nokia, and Qualcomm among others to form a group named Internet.org.

The mega group aims to make free global Internet access possible for the 5 billion people who do not have it. The group reports only one-third of the world, about 2.7 billion people, has access to the Internet.

“Everything Facebook has done has been about giving all people around the world the power the connect,” Zuckerberg posted. “There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining the knowledge economy. Internet.org brings together a global partnership that will work to overcome these challenges, including making Internet access available to those who cannot currently afford it.”

Ericsson, MediaTek, and Opera are also included among the initiative’s founding members. Together, they aim to develop joint projects, share knowledge, and assemble industry players and governments to bring free global Internet access especially to developing countries. These plans include simplifying mobile applications to make them perform more efficiently, as well as improving components of mobile phones and networks to transmit more data while consuming less battery power.

Mark Zuckerberg reveals plan to provide free global Internet access.

Individually, the companies involved in Internet.org are working on techniques to make mobile Internet more efficient. Facebook, for instance, is developing ways to reduce the average amount of data used by its Android app from 12 megabyles to a measly 1 megabyte, all without the users even noticing.

Qualcomm, known for manufacturing processors and semiconductors in advanced smartphones, has created new designs that would prolong a phone’s battery life, as well as reduce the amount of data needed to transmit a video and extend the range of mobile networks using tiny devices similar to WiFi routers.

Nokia, meanwhile, has conducted an experiment with Facebook and Mexican mobile carrier Telcel wherein the Finnish phone company bundled free Facebook access with some of its Asha mobile phones.

There are, however, challenges the Internet.org team has no plans of tackling, such as the long-distance transmission of data in far-flung areas of developing countries.

Source: New York Times

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