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Internet.org

A global partnership formed to provide high-speed Internet access to third-world countries via unmanned aircraft. Initiated by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2013, Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung are founding members. Express WiFi offers low-cost Wi-Fi access, and Free Basics is an open Web platform that any cellphone user can access free of charge with a SIM card from a compliant mobile carrier. See Facebook.
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Facebook CEO Marck Zuckerberg said in a statement that the unmanned aircraft will supplement internet.org, Facebook's connectivity initiative that is in 13 countries including Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania and Ghana.
At an event planned for Thursday, where the official announcement of the launch is expected to be made, officials from both organisations will reveal their future plans regarding internet.org in Pakistan.
Internet.org's partnership with TNT is enabling Filipinos all over the country to do so, improving lives in the process.
When asked what he has learned from the ban, Zuckerberg simply said: "Every country is different." He added that Free Basics was just one part of Facebook's wider Internet.org initiative, which includes tests this year of its solar-powered Aquila drone and satellites in Africa to deliver high-speed internet to people without access today.
Like Internet.org, Facebook's latest education initiative is not quite philanthropy and not quite business.
Facebook has made it easier for any mobile operator to sign up for and turn on Internet.org in developing countries through a partner portal that includes technical tools and best practices, improving the process to offer free basic services to the unconnected, said Chris Daniels, vice-president of Internet.org, at a media briefing in Nairobi on Monday.
The Philippines now joins Colombia, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, India and Zambia in hosting Internet.org.
The first Falcon 9 rocket launch in September carried Facebook's first satellite, the Amos-6, which would have been used for the social media giant's Internet.org plan.
TPL Maps will become part of the internet.org program for Telenor users, TPL will especially make lite version of TPL Maps to make it accessible to a huge population.
The release is part of Facebook's bigger motto of bringing the internet and social network to more people in developing countries including Free Basics, Internet.org and now the slowly developing Lite app ecosystem.
I watched Zuckerberg pitch that cause, internet.org, to a packed hall at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, in February 2014, an ambitious plan to bring Internet access to hundreds of millions still unconnected around the world.
Facebook, which has more than 1.6 billion users, has invested billions of dollars in getting more people online, both through an initiative called internet.org - which offers a pared-down version of the Internet to poor areas - and by building drones.

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