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Airtel, Facebook offer free internet to customers

Bharti Airtel Africa, a leading telecommunications service provider with operations in 17 countries across Africa, yesterday launched Free Basics in Nigeria in partnership with Facebook, the Nation has reported.

With this partnership Airtel customers will be able to access all the services that are available through Free Basics without paying extra for data charges or rental.

Free Basics provides basic mobile websites and services for free to people around the world and demonstrating the value the internet can provide.

With more than 85 free services dedicated to health, education, jobs, and finance, customers will have unlimited access to data. To date, Facebook estimates that its connectivity efforts, which include Free Basics, have brought more than 25 million people online who would not be otherwise.

Airtel Africa will also be offering Facebook Flex in Nigeria, which allows people to access a version of Facebook without data charges. This initiative is part of Facebook’s commitment to bringing people online and reducing affordability barriers.

MD/ CEO of Airtel Africa, Christian de Faria, said: “We’re pleased to take this big step forward in our partnership with Facebook, bringing more people online in Africa’s most populous country and helping to further narrow the digital divide. This builds on our vision of using our widespread 3G network to help improve lives and communities by empowering them with access to digital content and services that are tailored to their needs.”