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Facebook, Nokia, Samsung launch Internet.org to connect the next 5 billion

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Aug 21, 2013 at 09:37am IST

New Delhi: Technology giants Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung have joined hands to form Internet.org, a global partnership between technology leaders, nonprofits, local communities and experts that intends to make Internet access available to the next 5 billion people.

The launch was announced by Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. "There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining

the knowledge economy. Internet.org brings together a global partnership that will work to overcome these challenges, including making Internet access

available to those who cannot currently afford it," Zuckerberg said.

Facebook, Nokia, Samsung launch Internet.org to connect the next 5 billion

Only a third of the world's population, 2.7 billion people, now have access to the Internet.

Only a third of the world's population, 2.7 billion people, have access to the Internet and Internet adoption is growing by less than 9 per cent each year. Internet,org aims to connect the remaining two-thirds.

Sharing tools, resources and best practices, Internet.org partners will explore solutions in three major opportunity areas: affordability, efficiency, and business models.

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