Facebook to Scale up New Mobile Service

Facebook plans to further enhance its service by offering free basic internet on mobile phones.

In a blog post Facebook said it will open a portal allowing any mobile phone operator to offer the service under its Internet.org platform.

Facebook currently partners with specific operators to launch the service in different countries and Internet.org has brought over nine million people online over the past year. The social media giant developed the platform with six technology partners to bring an estimated 4.5 billion unconnected people online, mainly in Latin America, Asia and Africa, and is offering pared-down web services free to users, along with access to Facebook.

Facebook said that over the past year the service had brought new users onto mobile networks on average 50% faster and that more than half of those using Internet.org are paying for data to access the wider web within 30 days.

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