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Internet.org launches in West Africa

January 22, 2015 · 1 min read
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Mark Zuckerberg today announced the launch of Internet.org in Ghana, West Africa. The global initiative was launched by the Facebook founder along with global players to make the internet available to everyone on earth for sharing of tools, resources and best practices through the exploration of affordability, efficiency and business models.

It’s shocking to know that only 12% of Ghanaians are connected to the internet. The service is currently available to Airtel Ghana users.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addresses the audience during his keynote address at Facebook's f8 developers conference in San Francisco

Below is a statement from Mark Zuckerberg through his Facebook Page:

Today we’re launching Internet.org in Ghana — giving people on the Airtel network access to free basic internet services for education, health, jobs and communication.

Right now only about 12% of people in Ghana are connected to the internet, but connectivity is already improving people’s lives and communities.

By connecting everyone, we hope to unlock even more opportunities for Ghana and people like Dauda Musa, pictured here.

Dauda runs a mobile money transfer business in Accra, and as the number of people with mobile phones has grown over the past few years, more people are using his service for business or to share money with friends and family.

Ghana is the fifth country we’ve connected through Internet.org — after Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Colombia.

Thank you to our community for your support and for pushing to bring Internet.org to more countries as we continue on our path to connect the whole world.

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

Are we to expect Internet.org in Nigeria soon?

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Adewale Yusuf

Adewale Yusuf

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Co-founder & Publisher of Techpoint.africa. Interested in: Technology | Media | Startup | Education | Africa. Twitter: @AdewaleYusuf_

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