The internet access worldwide is set to be revolutionised thanks to the ‘triumphal’ entry of internet.org into the scene.
Currently only 2.7 billion people across the world – just over one-third of the world’s population – have access to the internet. And in some underserved areas, such as Africa, the connection is pathetic, unstable and inconsistent and most of the times too expensive for the average citizen.
But Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his partners Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung are about to shake this space by launching internet.org.
The project’s fundamental aim is to make internet access available to the two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected, and to bring the same opportunities to everyone that the connected third of the world has today.
“There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining the knowledge economy,” Zuckerberg said in a statement on Tuesday from California.
“Internet.org brings together a global partnership that will work to overcome these challenges, including making internet access available to those who cannot currently afford it,” he added.
The founding members of internet.org – Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung – will develop joint projects, share knowledge, and mobilise industry and governments to bring the world online, the statement said.
Internet.org aims at achieving the following, among others:
• Making access affordable
• Helping business drive access
• Using data more efficiently
“The unfair economic reality is that those already on Facebook have way more money than the rest of the world combined, so it may not actually be proﬁtable for us to serve the next few billion people for a very long time, if ever,” Zuckerberg explained.
“But we believe everyone deserves to be connected.”
Photo: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg