Airtel and Facebook partner to provide free Internet access to Kenyans

Internet-org-appThe partnership is expected to accomplish the ultimate goal of providing Internet connectivity to unconnected Kenyans. (Image source: Internet.org)Telecom provider Airtel, in partnership with social media platform Facebook, has announced the launch of Internet.org app to its customers in Kenya

According to Airtel, Facebook’s Internet.org app would provide a set of locally-relevant basic Internet services free of charge.

Internet.org is a Facebook-led initiative with the goal of making Internet accessible to two-thirds of the world that is not yet connected.

Adil El Youssefi, CEO of Airtel Kenya, said, “We are delighted to partner with Facebook to make essential Internet services available to our customers. We believe that this partnership will go a long way in providing Kenyans with information that will help them create new opportunities and improve their lives. Through this, we will be one step closer to connecting thousands of people without Internet access.”

Youssefi noted that the partnership would not only accelerate Internet penetration in the country but would also give customers the opportunity to access a host of basic Internet services in health, education, communication, finance, jobs and local information, at no cost.

 

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