Internet.org is the latest project which aims to bring internet to all people around the world. This project has 7 founding partners, Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung. This project aims to provide internet access to next five billion people.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, announced the launch of Internet.org with a aim to provide internet to all.
“Everything Facebook has done has been about giving all people around the world the power to connect,” Zuckerberg said. “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,” Mark Zuckerberg said.
The initiative was taken because today around 2.7 billion people or one third of the world’s population only have access to internet.
internet.org will focus on 3 key challenges
- Making access affordable: Partners will collaborate to develop and adopt technologies that make mobile connectivity more affordable and decrease the cost of delivering data to people worldwide. Potential projects include collaborations to develop lower-cost, higher-quality smartphones and partnerships to more broadly deploy internet access in under served communities. Mobile operators will play a central role in this effort by driving initiatives that benefit the entire ecosystem.
- Using data more efficiently: Partners will invest in tools that dramatically reduce the amount of data required to use most apps and internet experiences. Potential projects include developing data compression tools, enhancing network capabilities to more efficiently handle data, building systems to cache data efficiently and creating frameworks for apps to reduce data usage.
- Helping businesses drive access: Partners will support development of sustainable new business models and services that make it easier for people to access the internet. This includes testing new models that align incentives for mobile operators, devicemanufacturers, developers and other businesses to provide more affordable access than has previously been possible.Other efforts will focus on localizing services working with operating system providers and other partners to enable more languages on mobile devices.
The internet.org website will provide updates in coming weeks about the progress in reaching the goal.
A similar approach was shown by Google as it began a program with telecom carriers that offers free access to Google products like Gmail and Google Search. Recently, Project Loon was launched with which Google attempted to provide internet solutions using plastic balloons floating more than 11 miles in the atmosphere. For experimenting Project Loon, Google released 30 helium-filled balloons with an attempt to provide Internet access to rural and remote areas.
For the giant companies, developing nations in Asia, Africa and Latin America are biggest challenge. Over the past few years companies like Twitter, Google, Facebook, etc have already tried to provide their services for free or at lowest cost.
The biggest challenge will be the poor infrastructure in the developing countries. In developing countries long data transmission is still a big issue to reach out remote places.
Internet.org has many challenges that would needed to sort out. Once everything is solved the whole world will be connected online.