Anil Ambani led Reliance Communications Ltd (RCOM) has partnered with Facebook to offer free data access to select popular websites for all its customers, existing and new ones.
The partners on Tuesday launched Internet.org, a Facebook-led initiative to bring internet to everyone in the world.
Thirty three popular websites can be accessed free of cost through internet.org and all the subscriber needs to have is an internet enabled hand set. 70 per cent of RCOM’s customers who have such phones are now off line and they are expected to benefit from this service.In the first phase this service has gone live in seven circles of RCOM which include Mumbai, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chennai and Kerala.
For Facebook, India is the third largest market after the US and Canada, with 112 million monthly active subscribers, and among the fastest growing. As India’s internet user base increases, thanks to a surge in smartphone sales, the potential subscriber base for the social networking giant also increases manifold.