Facebook partners with Airtel to launch platform in Nigeria

Free basics is a set of basic services and websites that let users access the Internet without having to pay for data.

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Airtel Nigeria has partnered with Facebook to launch the tech giant's Free Basics platform in Nigeria yesterday, Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at a fireside chat moderated by Bankole Oluwafemi.

Free basics is a set of basic services and websites that let users access the Internet without having to pay for data.

The platform is expected to further boost Internet penetration in Nigeria and other developing countries which Facebook has already launched the platform.

It will also provide access to services like health, education, job search, local content and finance-related information at no extra cost whatsoever to the user.

The first phase of the launch will see Free Basics being launched on Airtel networks in Nigeria, Congo Democratic Republic, Gabon and Niger, with other African Markets to follow in the coming months.

“With Africa’s widest 3G network, Airtel has been at the forefront of the data revolution in Africa. We are cognizant of the power of internet in changing lives of communities and this partnership with Facebook will aid in bringing more people online and reduce the digital divide," said Christian de Faria, MDC/CEO Airtel Africa.

Chris Daniels, VP of Intrnet.org, said, “We are excited to continue our partnership with Airtel in bringing more people online. More than one billion people have access to Internet.org’s Free Basic services across Asia, Africa and Latin America today. Our intention is to help the people in Africa access relevant basic services that will help them improve their lives and also lead to more adoption of the internet."

The Free Basics platform can be accessed as an Android app on the Google Play Store, or via the web address FreeBasic.com.

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