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Monday, 1 December 2014

Facebook King has Kenya on his Mind!!


Mark Zuckerberg has joined hands with Airtel to extend the Internet.org app to its prepaid and post-paid customers in Kenya. Facebook's Internet.org app delivers a set of locally relevant basic internet services free of charge in order to make it more comfortable for people to access the internet.

In his Facebook post, Zuckerberg wrote, "Today Internet. org reached a special milestone. With our announcement in Kenya this morning, free basic internet services will soon be available to more than 100 million people worldwide.

 We still have a lot of work ahead to make Internet.org available everywhere and to help 5 billion people connect and use the internet, but our recent launches in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia are a good start. Kenya already has a thriving startup ecosystem and the internet is already making a big impact, with millions of people using services like mobile banking over SMS. To fulfill this country's full potential, we need to help everyone connect." At the launch, Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi said, "This partnership responds to the needs of our youthful customers who are in constant need to access the internet and keep in touch with events and activities at all times"

The strategy is a grounding of the nation’s determined Vision 2030 program, which “aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens,” by 2030, by concentrating on economic, social and political reforms.

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