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January 1970

Telenor Pakistan and Facebook bring Internet.org to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – May 28, 2015: In line with its ambition to bring ‘Internet for All’, Telenor Pakistan has announced the launch of Internet.org in Pakistan in collaboration with Facebook. The announcement was made during an interactive event, which was attended by representatives from Telenor Pakistan and Facebook, in the presence of stakeholders from academia, partner vendors, small & medium enterprises, media and budding entrepreneurs.

Internet.org is a Facebook-led initiative bringing together technology leaders, nonprofits and local communities with the goal of making internet access available and affordable to the two-thirds of the world that is not yet connected and bringing the same opportunities to everyone that the connected world has today.

Internet.org was first launched in July 2014 in Zambia and in less than a year it made valuable online services accessible without data charges for millions of people in Tanzania, Kenya, Colombia, Ghana, India, Philippines, Guatemala, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malawi and now in Pakistan.

On this occasion, Michael Foley, Chief Executive Officer, Telenor Pakistan said, “We are delighted to introduce the Internet.org initiative in Pakistan today with a host of useful online services including health, education, finance, news, information and job portals etc. for our millions of customers nationwide. This will provide them with greater access to relevant local and international content. Internet.org augments our ambition to bring ‘Internet for All’ and affordable access to basic online services is yet another testament of our commitment towards empowering the society. We are hopeful that services like this will help enhance internet penetration in the country.”

"We are excited to expand our partnership with Telenor Pakistan and provide people with access to free basic services through Internet.org, said Markku Makelainen, Director of Global Operator Partnerships at Facebook. With Internet.org, more people in Pakistan will have access to free basic internet tools and information that can create new opportunities and help improve their lives."

Through this initiative, Telenor Pakistan's customers will now have free access to the following 17 basic online services including Accuweather, BBC, BabyCenter &MAMA, Malaria No More, UNICEF Facts for Life, Bing.com, ESPN Cricinfo, Mustakbil, ilmkidunya, Telenor News, Urdupoint Cooking, OLX, Facebook, Messenger, Wikipedia and Telenor WAP MobilePortal, via 2G and 3G platforms both, by accessing Internet.org or by downloading the Android app.

 

About Telenor Pakistan

Telenor Pakistan is a provider of high quality telecommunication services in Pakistan since 2005. It has over 36 million subscribers, over 2400 employees and a nationwide network covering more than 8,000 cities. It holds a majority share in Tameer Micro Finance Bank Limited. Telenor Pakistan is 100% owned by Telenor ASA and adds on to operations in Asia.