Internet.org, a platform created by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg to provide free basic access to some of the most important websites in various regions, including Facebook itself, will now be available in Kenya this week.
Facebook’s Internet.org was first officially globally launched in Zambia with Airtel , before moving to Tanzania with Tigo and now Kenya’s next with Airtel subscribers now able to access some basic features of various websites.
On Monday, in Cape Town, South Africa, Facebook’s Vice President of Internet.org, Chris Daniels spoke about Internet.org and the importance of making internet access available to the two-thirds of the world not yet connected. As part of this effort, Chris announced the availability of Facebook’s Internet.org app for Airtel subscribers in Kenya later this week, according to a company press release.
Kenyan Airtel subscribers will now have BASIC access to the following:
- BBC News
- BBC Swahili
- BabyCenter & MAMA
- Daily Nation
- Facts for Life
- Girl Effect
- Jamii Forums
- UNICEF Ebola Information
It’s awesome that Internet.org wants to make the internet accessible to all parts of the world, regardless of economic status. The fact that they are launching in the low/middle income countries is a welcome move as these people constantly struggle to stay in touch with news o health, finances, the world at large, but with this basic access facility, that’s a thing of the past and we can all stay in touch, especially on Facebook.
Let the free browsing begin, hakuna matata Kenya!