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Facebook, Nokia, Samsung launch Internet.org to connect the next 5 billion

First published: August 21, 2013, 9:33 AM IST | Updated: August 21, 2013
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Facebook, Nokia, Samsung launch Internet.org to connect the next 5 billion
Only a third of the world's population, 2.7 billion people, now have access to the Internet.

New Delhi: Technology giants Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung have joined hands to form Internet.org, a global partnership between technology leaders, nonprofits, local communities and experts that intends to make Internet access available to the next 5 billion people.

The launch was announced by Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. "There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining
the knowledge economy. 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," Zuckerberg said.

Only a third of the world's population, 2.7 billion people, have access to the Internet and Internet adoption is growing by less than 9 per cent each year. Internet,org aims to connect the remaining two-thirds.

Sharing tools, resources and best practices, Internet.org partners will explore solutions in three major opportunity areas: affordability, efficiency, and business models.

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