Nigeria first with landmark empowering scheme

facebookBy OKORO CHINEDU
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – NIGERIA is among the first countries set to benefit from a global initiative that will provide free access to information on basic services via the internet.

The initiative, Free Basic Services, is the brainchild of Facebook, the online networking site.

It offers information on heath, educations, jobs and communication to developing countries.

Bharti Airtel Africa, the leading telecommunications service provider with operations in 17 countries across Africa including Nigeria, has announced its partnership with Facebook which will see the launch of Free Basics in
Africa.

It is a set of basic websites and services to introduce people to the internet and demonstrate how it adds value to their lives. They include providing free health, education and finance-related information to people in developing countries so that they can make informed choices and improve their lives.

Free Basics is a set of basic websites and services to introduce people to the internet and demonstrate how it adds value to their lives.

In the first phase, Free Basics will be launched in Airtel Nigeria, DRC, Gabon and Niger followed by other Airtel Africa markets.

Customers with an Airtel mobile connection will be able to access all the services that form part of Free Basics without paying extra for data charges or rental.

Commenting on the latest partnership with Facebook, Christian de Faria, Managing Director and CEO of Airtel Africa said with Africa’s widest 3G network, Airtel had 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.”

The launch in all markets is to be completed by March 2016.

Airtel has more than 30 million subscribers in Nigeria.

CAJ News

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