Internet.org marked the anniversary of the launch of its application in its first country, Zambia, with a progress update and a call for more operator partners.
The group was formed in August 2013 by Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung to connect people and parts of the world without Internet access.
Internet.org said in a post that health services have been accessed more than 1 million times by users of the free app, adding that its partner mobile networks are adding new users by an average of more than 50 percent quicker after launching the app, and that more than one-half of users who access the app’s free services end up paying for data and accessing the Internet within 30 days.
The group added that its app is now available to more than 1 billion people, saying in its post:
As we approach year two, we’ve taken everything we’ve learned from working closely with our partners and are now ready to scale Internet.org free basic services. We’ve made it easier for any mobile operator to turn on Internet.org in new countries through a partner portal that includes technical tools and best practices, improving the process to offer free basic services to the unconnected. New operator partners can get started at internet.org/operators.
With our recently announced Internet.org Platform, we’ve also made it easy for any developer to create services that integrate with Internet.org. Our goal is to work with as many mobile operators and developers as possible to extend the benefits of connectivity to diverse, local communities around the world.
Readers: What do you think of the progress made by the Internet.org app in its first year?