After Tigo Tanzania launched the internet.org app by Facebook to allow access to basic internet services at no cost, Airtel Kenya in a partnership with the Social Network has also introduced the service for its customers.
Beginning this week, both Prepaid and Postpaid customers on the Airtel network will have free internet access to various locally relevant services in efforts to meet the growing need of customers to know across the country.
Bharti Airtel was the first telco to partner with Facebook in Zambia for a pilot run of the internet.org app, allowing users in the country to access local and international mobile content at no charge.
Just like the offing in the two preceding countries, Airtel customers in Kenya will get free access to AccuWeather, Facebook, BabyCenter & MAMA, BrighterMonday, OLX, Wikipedia, Supersport BBC News and BBC Swahili. Kenyans will also access the Daily Nation newspaper and Jamii Forums.
Provision of this free service will help Kenyans across the country who have a problem accessing vital information because they lack data to access the internet or are not able to maintain the daily data charges that can be expensive across networks.
Adil El Youssefi, the CEO Airtel Kenya said the partnership would help meet the needs of the customers who are in constant need to use the internet and keep in touch with current events and activities at all times.
This new offing by the network is expected to see more people in the country come online to Facebook as well as become knowledgeable especially in the health and education sectors, which contribute greatly to Kenya’s development.
Kenyans on the Airtel network can access the services through the internet.org app available for download in the Google Play Store or by visiting the internet.org website.