Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, today announced the launch of…a global partnership with the goal of making internet access available to the next 5 billion people…In order to achieve its goal of connecting the two-thirds of the world who are not yet online, internet.org will focus on three key challenges in developing countries…making access affordable…using data more efficiently, and…helping business drive access.
This is a good development for the next five billion. It is also a good long game strategy, if you are a tech company targeting the next 5 billion.
Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, Samsung and other partners will build on existing partnerships while exploring new ways to collaborate to solve these problems.
Google and Microsoft’s absence from this line-up, considering that they are involved in direct accessibility efforts via white spaces and more, not some indirect paper partnership (hopefully it’s much more), is conspicuous.