The project allows users to connect to several basic internet services for free via a mobile device. This includes Facebook, Wikipedia and some news services. The new launch includes the states of Tamil Nadu, Mahararashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, and Telangana, reports TechCrunch.
Facebook has been working toward an expansion into India for some time now. The company announced last year that it was providing a $1-million fund for developing apps for India. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of the social media company, has said that basic internet services should be available to everyone, TechCrunch notes.
“One day, we will connect everyone, and the power of the internet will serve every community across India and the world. That day is coming,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.
FB shares were up slightly as of Tuesday afternoon.
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