Facebook offers better Internet access to millions of Africans

Facebook computer screen MoneyBlogNewzFree Basics Platform is now live, providing more than 60 new services across 29 countries globally where Free Basic services are available including 14 in Africa

Free Basics is a set of websites and services which aims to get people using the Internet and demonstrates how it adds value to their lives. 

Facebook will be sharing the progress of Free Basics Platform at AfricaCom 2015, which is now available to all developers around the world, the company stated.

“When people are connected, they can achieve extraordinary things as individuals and as a community,” said Ime Archibong, director of strategic partnerships at Facebook.

“Connectivity brings opportunity for people around the world, and we’ve seen this firsthand here in Africa, where we began this journey.”

Some of the African countries where Free Basics has been launched include Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Ghana, Angola, Malawi, Senegal and Zambia.

Mobile phone users in these countries now have access to a set of websites and services with no data charges, on topics such as maternal health and education, as well as news updates.

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