Mark Zuckerberg announces Free Basics app across India
Facebook has teamed up with Reliance Communications Network to offer FreeBasics throughout India as part of its endeavour to provide free internet to those unable to afford the service.
A post issued by the CEO on Tuesday, he wrote, "We just took another step towards connecting India. As of today, everyone in India nationwide can access free internet services for health, education, jobs and communication through internet.org's Free Basics app on the Reliance network."
Earlier this year, Reliance customers were able to use the app only in six states including Tamil Nadu, Mahararashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, and Telangana but will now be available for Reliance customers across the country.
Zuckerberg went on to say that nearly one billion people are currently without internet access in India but with Free Basics, many people will have access to information the internet brings.
Zuckerberg visited India in October and announced "It is very important to connect people in India as it is central to our plans of connecting the next billion people and then the whole world."
Aside from India, nearly 15 million people have access to internet as a result of Facebook's efforts in 24 nations.
Free Basics by Facebook provides people with access to websites of useful services like news, employment, health, education and local information on their mobile phones for free in markets where internet access may be less affordable.
The app is available on all Android phones.