Facebook hosts Developers Day in Kenyafrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – FACEBOOK is celebrating the first anniversary of the Internet.org app by hosting a Developers’ Day at iHub in Nairobi, Kenya.
The event is ongoing.
Over the last year, Facebook has worked closely with more than a dozen mobile operators across 17 countries to give people access to relevant basic internet services without data charges.
Today Internet.org is available to more than a billion people.
African countries where Internet.org has been launched include Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Senegal, Zambia, Ghana, Angola and Malawi.
“By providing people with access to free basic services through Internet.org, our goal was to bring more people online and help them discover the value of the internet — and it’s working,” said Chris Daniels, Vice President of Internet.org.
Daneils said Internet.org brings new users onto mobile networks on average over 50 percent faster after launching free basic services, and more than half of the people who come online through Internet.org are paying for data and accessing the internet within the first 30 days.
“In the past month people using Internet.org accessed health services more than a million times, which speaks to the ultimate goal of Internet.org — helping to make an impact in people’s lives.”
– CAJ News
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