For the betterment of the social site Facebook, the organisation plans to expand the mobile internet facility. Facebook to expand free mobile Internet service – Facebook Inc plans to maximize its service to offer free basic Internet on mobile phones, an executive said, after introduction of the application in 17 developing countries over the past year.
The company released a blog post to mark the first year of the initiative and said it will open a portal letting any mobile operator to offer the service under its Internet.org platform. Currently, Facebook has tied with specific operators to introduce the service in different countries.
Facebook developed the platform with six technology partners to bring an estimated 4.5 billion unconnected people online, mainly in Latin America, Asia and Africa. It provides pared-down web services for free to users, along with access to Facebook’s own social network and messaging services.
Facebook’s blog post stated that over the past year, the service had taken on board new users 50% faster and that more than half the people using Internet.org are paying for data to access the wider Internet within 30 days.
The Internet.org application was introduced in India in February in collaboration with Reliance Communications but faced criticism after activists alleged it defied the principles of a neutral Internet.