Facebook Partners With Reliance Communications To Launch Internet.org App In India

10/02/2015 2:12 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addresses the internet.org summit in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct.9, 2014. (AP Photo/Press Trust of India) INDIA OUT

Facebook announced a partnership with Reliance Communications today to offer free data access to over three dozen websites through internet.org.

People on the Reliance network in the states of Tamil Nadu, Mahararashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala and Telangana can access these websites in the Internet.org Android app, Opera Mini mobile web browser, and UC Browser for Internet.org. Most of the services will be available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati and Marathi, a blog announcing the launch reported.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also talked about this achievement. "To continue connecting the world, we have to connect India", said Zuckerberg on his Facebook page.

The announcement will be seen as a big win for both RCom and Facebook, as it could draw a huge number of users to their network, and help Facebook increase its user base in India. India is one of the most important growth markets for Facebook, with 112 million monthly active subscribers, and an annual revenue of Rs295 every year. The service comes to India after having launched in Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, Tanzania and Colombia. According to the latest report by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Reliance Communications had 106.2 million subscribers in December 2014.

The full list of services on Internet.org includes:

Aaj Tak: Read news in Hindi

AccuWeather: Get updated weather information

amarujala.com: Read news in Hindi

AP Speaks: Engage with local government

Babajob: Search for jobs

BabyCenter & MAMA: Learn about pregnancy and childcare

BBC News: Read news from around the world

Bing Search: Find information

Cleartrip: Check train and flight schedules & buy tickets

Daily Bhaskar: Read local news

Dictionary.com: Search for meanings of words

ESPN Cricinfo: Get cricket updates

Facebook: Communicate with friends and family

Facts for Life: Find health and hygiene information

Girl Effect: Read articles and tips for girls

HungamaPlay: Listen to music

IBNLive: Read news

iLearn: Learn from Women Entrepreneurs

India Today: Read local news

Internet Basics: Learn about the basics of the Internet

Jagran: Read local news

Jagran Josh: Get education and career information

Maalai Malar: Read news in Tamil

Maharashtra Times: Read news in Marathi

Malaria No More: Learn about malaria

manoramanews.com: Read local news

Messenger: Send messages to friends and family

NDTV: Read news

Newshunt: Read news in English

OLX: Buy and sell products and services

Reliance Astrology: Read your horoscope

Reuters Market Lite: Get farming and crop information

Socialblood: Register to donate blood

Times of India: Read news

TimesJobs: Search for jobs

Translator: Translate words and phrases

Wikipedia: Find information

wikiHow: Find information

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