Facebook and RCom launch Internet.Org in India across 6 States
Facebook has tied up with Anil Ambani’s RComm to offer free access to a handful of online services in India, aimed at rural and low-income users.
Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced global project Internet.org, which is intended to provide basic free internet access to people who aren’t yet connected to net, October last year.
The app will offer access to more than 30 web services, including job listings, healthcare and education sites, Facebook’s social network and messaging services through the Android operating system.
India today is world’s second-biggest Smartphone market, will be the first country in Asia to get the new Internet.org app, which targets mobile phone users, as Facebook spreads its campaign of using net in developing world.
The service comes to India after having been launched in Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana and Colombia.
With this new tie-up with FB, RComm hopes to migrate subscribers from other Service providers to its Network for accessing free internet.
Currently,Reliance subscribers in six Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, TN , Mahararashtra, AP, Gujarat, Kerala and Telangana will be able to access Internet-org services which include News, Health, Sports, Communication, Travel, Jobs, sports, communication.
How to access these services :
– Users need to visit Internet.org web site via Android phone
– Access through Opera web browser.
– Internet. Org is also available in local Regional language.
The expansion of Internet.org to India has been on the cards for some time and Facebook had launched a $1 million dedicated fund for making apps for India at its Internet.org summit in New Delhi last year.
This is a move which is already initiated by Honorable PM of India ” Digital India “, connecting people together over the internet. This move will definitely strengthen India on path of Smartphones. More the people move towards this venture, more will be India on path of Development.