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11 Aug

Do you know that every 2 out of 3 people are not connected with internet? Why aren’t more people connected? What are the barriers?

To solve this issue of internet affordability, Facebook has come up with a solution, i.e., is a Facebook-led initiative which will bring together technology leaders, non-profits and local communities who will develop technologies and business models to connect the two thirds of the world that doesn’t have internet access. Currently there is a partnership between Facebook and six other companies (Samsung, Ericsson, MediaTek, Opera Software, Nokia and Qualcomm) that plans to bring affordable access to selected Internet services to less developed countries by increasing efficiency, and facilitating the development of new business models.

The barriers

There are many barriers for which two-thirds of world population is still not getting affordable internet. The mobile devices may be too expensive, service plans for the internet may be too expensive, mobile networks may be far, non-availability of content in local language, limited power sources, etc. We have to admit that there are barriers and that is the reason for which people are not connected.

The vision

The vision of is to take an initiative to share tools, resources and best practices to explore solutions in three major opportunity areas: affordability, efficiency and business models.

Affordability: The purpose of is to develop technology that will decrease the cost of delivering data to people worldwide and will help expand internet access in local communities. Facebook wants that all people can freely access internet, just like food and medicine. It provides free basic services in markets where internet access may be less affordable. It allows people to browse selected health, employment and local information websites without data charges. The team is also exploring a variety of technologies, including high-altitude long-endurance planes, satellites and lasers.

Efficiency: Since internet requires bandwidth, Facebook will bring partners who will invest in tools and software to improve data compression capabilities and make data networks and services run more efficiently.

Business Models: Connecting billions of people across the globe requires meticulous planning and proper implementation with great emphasis on innovation. Developers, mobile operators and device manufacturers will work together in this area to introduce business models that give people more ways to go online.

The goal of is to make internet available to every person on Earth as we all believe in the power of a connected world.

Amrit Anand
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