Internet.org aims to bring web to next 5 bln people

Wednesday 21 August 2013 | 09:25 CET | News

Internet.org is a new industry consortium announced by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg founded with Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung. The group aims to bring internet to the next 5 billion people. Today, only 2.7 billion people, or just over one third of the world's population, have access to the internet. Internet adoption is growing by less than 9 percent each year, which is slow considering it's still in earlu development. 

The goal of Internet.org is to bring the web to the two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected, and to bring the same opportunities to everyone that the connected third of the world has today. The founding members will develop joint projects, share knowledge, and mobilize industry and governments to bring the world online.

Web groups have been working closely with mobile operators and expect them to play leading roles within the initiative, which over time will also include NGOs, academics and experts as well. Internet.org is influenced by the Open Compute Project.

The consortium will focus on three key challenges in developing countries, namely making access affordable, using data more efficiently, and helping businesses drive access.

"As a world leader in mobile solutions for emerging markets having powered more than 300 million smart devices within 2 years, MediaTek whole heartedly supports the internet.org initiative," said MK Tsai, chairman of MediaTek. "Global internet and social media access represent the biggest shift since the industrial revolution, and we want to make it all-inclusive."

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