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Airtel and Facebook partner to offer free internet

11 November 2014, 12:03 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - Airtel Tuesday announced a partnership with Facebook to offer the Internet.org app to its customers in Kenya beginning later this week. 

The app provides a set of locally relevant basic internet services free of charge in order to make it easier for people to access the internet.

Speaking during 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.

With the latest 3G network technology in Kenya, Airtel has been at the forefront of the data revolution in Kenya,” he added.

Through Facebook’s Internet.org app, Airtel customers using mobile internet capable devices will be able to access a set of free services in categories such as health, education, sports, jobs, and local information. 

Also read: BlackBerry building an 'Internet of Things' home

“This demonstrates Africa’s increasing relevance and contribution to the global innovation map,” the CEO said.

“Following our great success with the Internet.org app in Zambia, Facebook is excited to continue its partnership with Airtel to bring the Internet.org app to its customers in Kenya. We can make a big impact by making the internet accessible through this set of free basic services, which we hope will ultimately lead to more people coming online,” said Chris Daniels, Vice President of Product for Internet.org at Facebook.

The offer will give the customers the freedom to access basic internet services by visiting www.internet.org or downloading the Internet.org app in the Google Play Store. 

Normal data charges will only apply when a user browses outside the set of free basic services.

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