Free Basics is a set of basic websites and services that essentially 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 decisions to improve 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, MD and CEO of Airtel Africa said, “With Africa’s widest 3G network, Airtel has 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.”
Source/Read more : It News Africa, November 23th, 2015