- 05 Mar
Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet.org under scrutiny
Internet.org is a service backed by Mark Zuckerberg’s giant Facebook Company that aims at supporting people in the third world with limited online applications including Facebook. This service is being questioned for what return it is bringing to its partners in these countries.
At the Mobile World Congress on Monday, Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive is arguing that telecommunication carriers should try to convince their customers to spend more on streaming content to their cell phones. These carriers hope that this access to these applications will lead them to spend more on separate data packages.
Amidst this growing hope by these carriers that is coupled with the growing of the internet promise carried by Mark in order to grow their business there, fears are mounting among western carriers that Internet companies are taking unfair advantage of carriers’ mobile networks.
Regulations on Facebook and WhatsApp, owned by Mark last year, are less than those on other traditional operators and the income coming from internet messaging and services, Facebook holding a strong position at, is not pumping in the infrastructure required for accessing applications on smartphones.
Vodafone’s fears that Facebook is becoming the biggest internet messaging company in the world and is about to gallop the market was faced by Marks shifting interest to data usage in the future of apps.
This shifting in the operators business away from voice and messaging, coupled with announcements of projects to the pending markets with the search giant Google and other Silicon Valley companies, didn’t quit the hassle which ended with Christian De Faria, chief executive of Airtel Africa, nicking Facebook as the Beauty and the Beast.
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