MUMBAI: Social media giant Facebook tied-up with Reliance Communications to launch the Indian version of Internet.org, a smartphone app aimed at offering free internet services, on Tuesday.
India will be the first country in Asia to get the app, Facebook said in a press release.
The app could be available to Reliance customers in six Indian states – Tamil Nadu, Mahararashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, and Telangana, Facebook said.
Free basic services like job searches, dictionary, news, social networking, entertainment, and information search will be available through the app.
Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg had launched Internet.org in New Delhi last year. There was a need to address barriers to internet connectivity and explore ways to provide internet access to people in India who weren’t yet connected, he had said during the launch.
Most of the services will be available in English and a few Indian languages like Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati and Marathi . “We’ll continue to improve the experience and roll it out to other parts of the world,” Mr Zuckerberg said
– I MS Com, Amera Sailani