Today, Facebook is celebrating a one year anniversary for the introduction of the internet.org app by hosting a developer day at iHub in Nairobi, Kenya.
This comes one year on after the app has been made available to more than a billion people across the globe.
The app, a Facebook-led initiative focuses on providing affordable internet access to the two thirds of the world’s population that is presently unconnected
The Internet .org app also exists in different African countries which include Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Senegal, Zambia, Ghana, Angola and Malawi.
“By providing people with access to free basic services through Internet.org, our goal was to bring more people online and help them discover the value of the internet — and it’s working,” says Chris Daniels, Vice President of Internet.org.
The app brings new users into mobile networks at a 50% average speed faster after launching free basic services. Due to this, more than half of the people who come online through Internet.org are paying for data and accessing the internet within the first 30 days.
New Phase of Internet.org App
This birthday marks the start of a new phase for Internet.org free basic services that makes it easier for any mobile operator to sign up for and turn on Internet.org in new countries through a partner portal.
In addition its recently announced platform makes it simple for any developer to create services that incorporate with it.
Facebook New programme
Awakening of Heroes Enters FbStart Program
FbStart, is Facebook’s new programme designed to help early stage mobile startups build and grow their apps.
In conjuction with internet.org app, FbStart offers a set of benefits specific to social good developers, as well as mentorship opportunities with the Internet.org team.
In line with this, Daniel confirms that their goal is to work with as many mobile operators and developers as possible in order to extend the benefits of connectivity to diverse, local communities across Africa.
At the Nairobi event, Facebook will show how its FbStart tools and resources will help developers build, grow and monetize services whether developing for feature phones or smartphones.