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Facebook, Digicel bring free mobile internet access to El Salvador

Bnamericas Published: Friday, April 29, 2016
Facebook, Digicel bring free mobile internet access to El Salvador

Technology giant Facebook has provided Digicel customers in El Salvador access to its Free Basics platform.

The platform, previously known as Internet.org, offers free access to 40 sites, including Wikipedia, Facebook and its Messenger service.

It also includes the websites of local newspapers El Diario de Hoy and La Prensa Gráfica. The application was presented at Universidad Centroamericana, in capital Managua, earlier this week,

Digicel has a subscriber base of around 1.5mn in the country.

Free Basics has brought more than 25mn people online in 37 countries, providing internet access where it was otherwise unavailable.

A number of partner companies have already launched this service in other Latin American countries: Digicel in Panama, Tigo in Colombia and Guatemala, Virgin Mobile in Mexico, Viva in Bolivia and Entel in Peru.

Earlier this week, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder, said Facebook is working on an open source telco infrastructure project called TIP [Telecom Infra Project], which will make it cheaper to operate mobile networks.

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