Facebook joins Nokia, Ericsson, Qualcomm, others, to form Internet.org

One of Facebook CEO and Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg’s frequent mantras is that he wants to make the world become more open and connected. He took a giant leap toward this goal Wednesday by helping form Internet.org — a partnership between Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung, aimed at bringing Internet access to 5 billion people.

Zuckerberg posted about his newest venture on his Facebook page:

For nine years, we’ve been on a mission to connect the world. We now connect more than 1 billion people, but to connect the next 5 billion we must solve a much bigger problem: the vast majority of people don’t have access to the internet.

I’m focused on this because I think it’s one of the greatest challenges of our generation. I’ve attached a rough plan I’ve written outlining the work Facebook is doing to solve this and how our industry can work together to connect the next 5 billion people.

[contextly_sidebar id=”9f5ed8345deb15f69e36869b5f5085c6″]According to Facebook, 2.7 billion people — one-third of the world’s population — has access to the Internet. This new venture wants to connect the remaining two-thirds.

Internet.org will focus on three main tenets:

  • Making internet access affordable, by developing technologies that will decrease the cost of delivering data.
  • Using data more efficiently, by creating data compression tools and other things that will cut the amount of data needed to access the internet.
  • Helping businesses drive success, by supporting the development of sustainable new business models and services.

Zuckerberg posted to his timeline a thorough outline of the Internet.org project.

Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson, commented on the project in a press release:

For more than 100 years, Ericsson has been enabling communications for all and today more than 6 billion people in the world have access to mobile communications. We are committed to shaping the Networked Society – where everyone and everything will be connected in real time; creating the freedom, empowerment and opportunity to transform society. We believe affordable connectivity and internet access improves people’s lives and helps build a more sustainable planet and therefore we are excited to participate in the internet.org initiative.

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Top image courtesy of the Internet.org Facebook page.