STAFF REPORT ISB: Zong, the Pakistans only 3G and 4G telecom operator, and Facebook have come together to connect more people to internet with the launch of Free Basics in the country.
With this initiative more people in Pakistan will have access to a range of free basic service like news, health, travel, local jobs, sports, education, services for women and entertainment via website and mobile application. Free Basics is available to more than one billion people across Asia, Africa and Latin America.
“We are excited to make internet available to millions of people in Pakistan through the launch of Free Basics by Facebook. This initiative will promote the use of internet and help enrich peoples lives with new opportunities,” said Director Marketing Zong Zhang Peng while speaking about this launch.
In her remarks, Anna Nygren, Head of Growth Partnerships, APAC at Facebook, a critical part of providing internet access to the two-thirds of the world not yet connected is addressing the barriers to internet adoption.
“Todays launch of Free Basics in Pakistan with Zong, brings us one step closer to closing the global connectivity gap,” she remarked.