Facebook and Reliance Communications have launched Internet.org in India for providing free internet services for health, jobs, education and communication in six Indian states – Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, and Telangana.
The service has already been launched in other countries like Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana and Colombia. Indian reliance customers can access these services in the Internet.org Android app, at www.internet.org, from the start screen of the Opera Mini mobile web browser, and using the Android app UC Browser for Internet.org. Most of the services will be available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati and Marathi.
Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that, “More than a billion people in India don’t have access to the internet. That means they can’t enjoy the same opportunities many of us take for granted, and the entire world is robbed of their ideas and creativity.”
Some of other services include Facebook, BBC News, Dictionary, BabyCare & MAMA which provides information about pregnancy and childcare, articles and tips for girls, health and hygiene information, facts for life, girl effect, farming and crop information, TimesJobs, Wikipedia, WikiHow and much more. Users can check the entire list here.
“This is a big step forward in our efforts to connect everyone to the internet, and to help people share their ideas and creativity with the entire world. We’ll continue to improve the experience and roll it out to other parts of the world,” Facebook wrote on its Blog Post.