Facebook has reached out to millions of Nigerians by announcing access to free internet data for all on the strength of drones technology.
Yesterday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of Free Basics service, a platform that will provide access to mobile websites and services to internet users for free. The service has will be provided by Airtel Nigeria which will give millions free access to Facebook even when you have no data.
While making the announcement to the world, Zuckerberg part statement read: “Today we’re partnering with Airtel Africa to launch Internet.org Free Basics in Nigeria.
There’s a lot of innovation across Africa right now, and Nigeria in particular is home to a lot of talented developers.
In 2009, Olalekan Elude, Ayodeji Adewunmi and Opeyemi Awoyemi started a site called Jobberman in their dorm to help connect people looking for work with companies looking to hire. Now Jobberman is one of the top 100 websites in Nigeria, and it gets 5,000 applications every day.
Free Basics offers Nigerians, including 90 million people who are currently offline, the opportunity to access news, health information and services like Jobberman that were built by Nigerians and other developers across West Africa — all without having to pay for data.
Free Basics is now live in more than 40 countries, and half of those are in Africa. Over the next few months, we’ll be doing even more to connect developers with people who can use their apps — and partner with local companies to bring internet to people across Africa who don’t have access to mobile networks.
In the meantime, I’m excited to see what Nigerians build next!
You can benefit from the service by getting a Facebook Flex by Airtel Nigeria, which will allow you access a version of Facebook without data charges. With free Basics millions of Nigerians can easily access health information, news, celebrity gossips and even visit other job sites like jobberman, hotnigerianjobs and other top sites even when you have no data on your phone.